Free to Play game. Still in beta. Indie developer.
Give credit where credit is due. With their budget and extremely limited staff, they've made an outstanding product. The game is rather clunky and has some holes for sure, but those will get worked out in time.
The big difference that people constantly overlook when comparing PoE to either Diablo III or Diablo II is that the game is absolutely, one hundred percent free. You can pick it up, hate it and drop it, come back to it two months later, enjoy the changes for a few weeks, drop it again, so on and so forth. Diablo III charges a $60 entry fee for that privilege and Blizzard is not working nearly as hard as Grinding Gear Games is to make their game better.
So yeah. Hate the game if you want, that's totally fine. But at least give the guys credit for; A) Putting in some intriguing and/or enjoyable systems/mechanics(the skill tree and crafting, to name two), and B) Continuing to work their tails off while maintaining excellent levels of communication and transparency with their fans.
I got a beta key for POE last year and played it quite a bit while waiting for DIII to release.
I loathe the passive skill tree, it really is simply add 10 str here, 10 int there, get to some decent +dmg, then pick the next path. The fact that a poster upthread was able to build a viable character w/o paying attention points out how useless it really is to make it so complicated and intimidating to some folks.
I don't like the viewpoint either, it is a bit too sharp.
Combat is a bit clunky imho, and the monsters aren't inspired; just the same old there (like DIII too I suppose for trash mobs)
I miss gold, but they will have it eventually. I like the orb and gem system they implemented; it is kind of fun to chain effects. The orbs you can use to reroll items, upgrade to rare, or add sockets, etc is pretty fun as well.
All in all, I liked POE but DIII is still far superior in my opinion. One of the patches thye put out reset the passive tree. I looked at all those points I had to map out again and just said no; I haven't tried it again for many months now.
Some folks will really like POE though, but I am not one of them.