Whilst PC owners have been getting stuck into the new Path of Exile: Synthesis expansion for a few days now, it’s finally time for those of us on Xbox One to see what fresh content it brings to this free-to-play, Diablo-esque, RPG. And best of all, the expansion won’t cost a penny either.
In Path of Exile: Synthesis, you will meet a mysterious NPC called Cavas, before being tasked with helping him recover his lost memories by fighting your way through them. By stabilising and then chaining these memories together, valuable rewards will be garnered, new crafting opportunities will arise, and deadly boss encounters are discovered along the way. While exploring Cavas’ memories, and the areas synthesized from them, Fractured Items can be found, which is a new type of rare item that has some of its properties locked down; these properties can’t be modified by random crafting actions performed on the item.
The Synthesis expansion also introduces two new spell-casting archetypes to the game – the Holy and Chaos casters – along with a host of new spells such as Divine Ire, Purifying Flame, Wave of Conviction and Soulrend. The Atlas of Worlds has been updated too, with new positions for existing maps, and plenty more secret hideouts to discover attached to these maps. Furthermore, the Betrayal content is being integrated soon in to the core game due to popular demand, so there’s a lot going on in this free update.
There’s a small drawback however, in that to ensure the expansion is installed for Path of Exile on Xbox One, you must fully re-install the entire game. It’s not ideal, but if you’re enthused enough to get involved in the Path of Exile: Synthesis content, then it shouldn’t be too much hassle.
We reviewed Path of Exile when it initially launched on Xbox One, so in order to get an idea of what the game is all about, give it a read here. And once you’ve had a go at the Synthesis expansion, let us know your thoughts on it!