Originally posted by Stealth StalkerWhile D3 was a fun game, Path just feels like what D3 should have been. I can't really put my finger on it, but just feels like a spiritual successor to #2.I'm not far into the game, but what really interests me is the passive skill tree and the way the abilities work. At first I was a bit intimidated/afraid of the damn thing, but then someone pointed out, "Hey man, it's like fuckin' D2. You choose something, you're stuck with it. Test shit out and have at it!". Though I've found you can respec a little with some "refund" points that work for single points. So while you can't respec fully, you can use some of the orbs (mentioned later) to re-allocate sections.You can pretty much do just about anything with any character, but due to their position in the tree some are easier to get to.Then comes the item and skill system. There's no gold, everything is a barter system with the orb/items that drop that allow you to reroll/reforge/customize items.I've just now got to a place where I can have "linked" gem slots that allow me to start modifying my skills. Items can have links in their gems, and these gems (and their colors) dictate what skills you use and how you can modify them.eg: I can have the spell "Fireball" in a gem slot, then there's numerous Support gems that can be socketed in to modify the base spell. It can have multiple projectiles, it can travel faster, it can crit more, it can crit harder. All of these are gems that are slotted into the same item (Weapon, Chest, Anything if it has slots). But to get them to work, the gem slots have to be "linked".So you're looking to get a chest drop with max links? Good luck, it can have up to 6 slots and links. Sometimes it'll spawn with 6 slots, but won't have the full 6 links.So then comes the farming and customizing of said item. Get a drop? It doesn't quite have what you want? All right, let's try to forge. There's "Orbs" that allow you to attempt this. Remember Horadric Cube crafting and Chipped Gem magic rolling? It's like that but on steroids.Here's a list of the different orbs and what they can attempt to do for your item as you gamble it: http://www.pathofexile.com/item-data/currencyOne thing I'm not certain about are all the leagues and stuff. I think they're like the ladders, and I've not looked into them more. Someone else can probably shed some light on that. I've just been playing the default (Dominion?) ladder for now with some friends I think.So... again. I'm not very far, but it has been pretty entertaining and I look forward to grinding up a bit more and then trying my own builds when I have a better feel and understanding of that passive tree.The only real big thing that I hate about the game currently is the camera angle. For whatever reason it just feels awkward and too high of an angle. I'm coming to accept it the longer I play, but it still annoys me.I'll let you know if something ever breaks the stride and causes me to stop.