Path of Exile: The Fall of Oriath

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Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Blood-soaked mature expansion turns players into gods.

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Positive Messages

Players fight to survive a brutal fantasy land by being just as brutal. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Occasional kind characters eclipsed by evil, sadistic ones.

Ease of Play

Expansion content requires in-depth knowledge of complex game systems.

Violence

Constant, bloody combat shows gore, dismemberment. Players use magic, swords, other weapons to destroy monsters; remains frequently shown. Plenty of traps scattered to hurt enemies, players.

Sex

Mention of lovers, making love in dialogue.

Language
Consumerism

Completely free to play but prompts players on load and in-game to buy things from in-game store.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Path of Exile: The Fall of Oriath is a mature, free-to-play action role-playing game (RPG) featuring constant bloody violence. Heroes are rewarded for obliterating monsters, animals, and people with magic and weaponry. Online group play is encouraged, and players communicate via text and voice chat. An in-game store contains optional vanity items, and occasional in-game messages prompt players to shop. Character dialogue contains infrequent suggestive themes.

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Teen, 13 years old Written by_Finch_ June 14, 2018

Very well made, continually updated, gore is manageable

I think, gameplay wise, this game is completely sound. The developers update the game with major free expansions (called leagues) every 3 or 4 months. Most clas... Continue reading

What's it about?

PATH OF EXILE: THE FALL OF ORIATH continues the saga of the exiles of Wraeclast and details the consequences of the game's previous events. Heroes find they've opened a passage back to their homeland, but have also unwittingly released a slew of vengeful gods. Exploring new areas and revisiting old ones, players seek out these dangerous deities and, upon defeating them, take on their unique powers. Thus empowered, players fight to free humanity and themselves from certain destruction.

Is it any good?

This free-to-play role-playing game has outdone itself in this expansion with its depth, difficulty, and warfare. Adding six new acts and a range of interesting new powers, it offers action RPG fans countless hours of bloody combat and disturbing storylines. As usual, though, only the best, most knowledgeable players will be able to experience it all.

Though its last expansion got rid of some of the game's more punishing aspects (requiring you to play through three times to access the endgame content, for instance), Path of Exile remains a niche game meant for only the hardiest of players. Though Acts 6-10 take the place of the now-defunct Cruel and Merciless difficulty levels, you must conquer the complex gear system and intimidatingly huge skill tree or your chances of getting through The Fall of Oriath are slim indeed. That's a shame, because there's a lot of great stuff here. It's fun going back to previous areas and seeing the consequences of your previous actions, not to mention fighting off a host of creative new enemies. It's also fun to talk to characters, too, since they're always ready to spout more of PoE's typical melodramatic dialogue. The new bosses, though -- they're the stars of the show. Great boss fights aren't new to Path of Exile, but by pitting you against the gods of Wraeclast, The Fall of Oriath takes you to a new level of fright and depravity. From beginning to end, the expansion's incredibly high-quality, especially for a free-to-play game. Again, the only downer -- if you can call it that -- is the time and effort you'll have to put in and the knowledge and skill you'll need to be able to experience it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about screen time and the "grinding" game mechanic. Do you like games that enforce hours of tedious repetition?

  • Think about online game communities. Do you think games should rely on their communities to convey information?

  • Discuss your expectations of free-to-play games. Do you expect the same level of quality from them as you do from paid games?

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