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Similarity Scale

Percentage of possible points earned scored -1 to 1 in tenths in 60 categories

Genre Controls Modes Progress Builds Stages Content Aesthetic Vibe

Path of Exile

Free Available Released

Very Different. Sometimes you just want to slowly craft one build. Forever. An isometric MMO Action RPG sometimes recommended on reddit to fans of over the top screenwiping builds. No short runs - you can play the same character and slowly buildcraft for 100s of hours. Included to test the scale. Games above 5.0 on our ranking might satisfy your urges from Vampire Survivors, but the higher up ones are generally more likely to do so.

Action RPG Bullet Heaven Content Rich Dungeon Crawler Hack and Slash Mowing Game Spell Crafting Story Rich Top Down or Isometric
6.2 Combined Ranking Score
50/72 Ranking Position
1175/1600 Total Points
9.0 Final Review
88% Steam
9.1 Scale
9.0 Vibes
208558 Steam Reviews
369/400 Review Points
3.4 Similarity Score
67% Diagnosis:
Very Different
806/1200 Comparison Points
59% Genre 1.5/8 genre
7% Simple Controls -6/7 move
44% Survival Modes -0.5/4 modes
31% Power Progression -1.5/4 level
95% Buildcrafting Depth 4.5/5 build
93% Stage Features 6/7 stage
97% Content Breadth 8.5/9 stuff
67% Aesthetics 2/6 style
82% Gameplay Vibe Check 6.3/10 vibe vibe

Path of Exile Ranking Notes

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Scaling and Review Notes

Personal Hours Played: 59.6

Every game ranked was played, but also scaled based on research, talking to developers & your feedback. The priority with the scale's initial design was to compare similarity on relatively objective features - so it doesn't claim to include reviews of the depth and clarity you'd get at a games journalism site, nor the intensive time played you might get from player reviews on steam. We try to incorporate and link all of that along with a 'review scale' that checks for bugs. See the heatmap and breakdown! Time played noted so you can take any notes with a big grain of salt! I can't get to high level gameplay in 850+ games so I heavily research every game. Over 80 game creators let me interview or survey them! I Hope to go back and refine. Please argue or submit your own scores and reviews to be incorporated with credit into the notes and score numbers.

Added or last checked on 10/16/2023

A Diablo-like ARPG, Path of Exile is sometimes recommended to VS fans since it's similarly focused on creating insane builds to screenwipe huge mobs of enemies.The biggest difference is you do this with potentially hundreds of hours put into a single character's playthrough.

Generally played without the permadeath option on, instead of kind of speedrunning the entire experience by quickly leveling up and then dying in a rogue-lite. It might appeal similarly to some players, but it's not a VS-like.

One of the most relevant Action RPGS in my opinion. And I've tried most of them. Tons of fun, considering it's free!

Path of Exile Similarity Scale Heatmap

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Measured in 60 categories via likert-scale style options -1 to 1 in tenths, how does this game compare to Vampire Survivors. This allows 1200 total "points". It's easier to have a point of comparison and we just picked Vampire Survivors since it's the most popular and commonly referenced game in the subgenre. For detailed methodology read the explainer. For in depth examples at score value, see the scoring guide and for term definitions see the key.

3.4 Similarity Score
67% Diagnosis:
806/1200 Comparison Points
Rogue-lite -1/1
Auto-Fire / Auto-Battle -0.9/1
Real Time 1/1
Top Down or Isometric 1/1
Direct Control of Single Avatar 1/1
Arcade Style -1/1
Bullet Heaven A (Many Player Bullets) 0.8/1
Bullet Heaven B (Few Enemy Bullets) 0.6/1
One Handed Play (w Controller) -1/1
Move Only -1/1
No Dash 0/1
No Trigger -1/1
No Special Move -1/1
No Aiming -1/1
No On-Aim / On-Fire Movement Penalty -1/1
Timed / Boss Ended Survival -1/1
Endless Mode -1/1
Organic / Unannounced Waves 0.5/1
High Enemy Count (Horde) 1/1
Level Up on XP Gain Event 1/1
Streamlined Level Choices (Simple UI) -1/1
Currency Based Meta Unlocks -1/1
Goal Based Meta Unlocks -0.5/1
Build Crafting 1/1
Weapon Combination / "Evolution" 0.5/1
Interesting Item / Weapon / Ability Synergy 1/1
Broken / Invincible Builds Possible 1/1
Explorable Map 1/1
BIG Maps 1/1
XP on Ground 0/1
Health on Ground 1/1
Temp Powerups / Items on Ground 1/1
Treasure Chests and/or Loot Events 1/1
Vendor / Merchant on Run 1/1
Enemy Variety 1/1
Bosses / Elites 1/1
Many Interesting Characters 0.5/1
Many Challenges 1/1
Multiple Stages 1/1
Difficulty Modifiers 1/1
Bestiary / Lore 1/1
Achievements 1/1
Secrets 1/1
Retro / Pixel Art -0.5/1
Damage Numbers 1/1
Lofi Charm 0.2/1
Bumpin Music 0.5/1
Fun Writing 0.3/1
Subtle Humor 0.5/1
Panic & Zen Duo Vibe 0.8/1
Over the Top 0.9/1
"One More Run" / Short Runs 0/1
Difficulty Ramp 0/1
Fun Ramp 0.2/1
Low Price 1/1
Technical Check 0.9/1
Controls Check 1/1
Fun Check 1/1
Feels like VS 0.3/1

Path of Exile Review Scale Heatmap

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The review scale is judged from -1 to 1 in 10 categories, with 200 possible "points" earned. Steam review positive percentage is worth another 100 points, and a "ten point" pure vibe review number adds extra subjectivity. Converted into points, that's 400 points total. The points aren't used directly in the ranking, though, which averages the three number scores for the final review score listed in the game line above.

9.0 Final Review
88% Positive Steam Reviews
208558 Steam Reviews
9.0 Pure Vibes
9.1 Review Scale
369/400 Review Points
Not Buggy 1/1
Not Janky 0.8/1
Good UI 0.7/1
Controller and Deck 1/1
Lots of Content 1/1
Good Theme 1/1
Good Graphics and Sound 0.8/1
Fun Feel 1/1
Unique Twists 0.8/1
Vibe Check 1/1

Metacritic Scores

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This title has metacritic data! The "fuck the man" score is adjusted so each person's review is equally weighted, regardless of critic or fan status.


8.6 Converted 10 Point Score
27 Number of Critic Reviews


7.9 User Review Average
2238 Number of User Reviews


8.3 Direct Average
7.9 "Fuck The Man" Combined Mean

Path of Exile Tag Cloud

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More sortable taxonomies and categories associated with the game (genre tags are available in the main game table line!) We've just started adding tags to enable more sorting options, this section will get more filled out as we go!

Release Tags

EpicMacPS4PS5Steam DeckWindows PCXboxFree AvailableReleased

Sorting Categories

Very Different

Genre and Control Style Tags

Action RPGBullet HeavenContent RichDungeon CrawlerHack and SlashMowing GameSpell CraftingStory RichTop Down or Isometric

Aesthetic Tags


Setting / Story Tags

DungeonsFantasyHorror Themed

Control Styles


Game Mode Tags

CampaignMap BasedMassively Multiplayer

Features and Extras

SoundtrackSteam AchievementsSteam CloudSteam Trading Cards


Grinding Gear Games

Game Features

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Listing various features we've got info on.


  • Local: No
  • Online: Co-Op Versus
  • Player Count: MMO 6 (Party) 2 (PVP)
  • Leaderboards: ?

Steam Features

  • Steam Cloud: Yes
  • Steam Achievements: 127
  • Steam Leaderboards: No
  • Steam Workshop: No
  • Steam Trading Cards: Yes

Extras, Etc.

  • NSFW: No
  • Demo Available: Totally Free
  • DLC Available: Yes
  • Soundtrack Available: YouTube SoundCloud

Marketing Blurb

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Some description of the game and its features from the creators.

"Created by hardcore gamers, Path of Exile is an online Action RPG set in a dark fantasy world." "Create and customize hundreds of unique skill combinations from tradable itemized gems and our gigantic passive skill tree. Combine skill gems, support gems and trigger gems to create your own unique combination of power, defense and destruction."

Game Modes

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Map Based Campaign

Game Mode Notes

The primary game mode is a linear campaign through a series of maps, with procedural generation for layout and enemy variety. A player can go back and play the same character on previous maps and eventually explore in a variety of directions.

Within the campaign there are many events, goals and game modes including timed wave survival, dungeon crawling, boss challenges, PVP and more.

Run Times & Speedups

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Average Run Time:

Run Time Notes

A massively multiplayer online action RPG, the game is essentially designed to allow for near infinite play on a single character. Maps, dungeons and events within the campaign have a variety of time required to complete.

Speed Settings