PoE is nowhere close to being competitive with D3.
Problems with PoE include :
illusion of stat customization : big stat tree but most stat nodes are irrelevant
illusion of skill customization : any class can access any skill because skills are gems
you place into gear, and some skills are so OP they are required
bad item drops : most items are boring and upgrades are lacking, you can go 10s of player levels without finding an upgrade
poor combat engine : hit box is spooty, issues with melee and ranged combat, lacking proper engine to make you feel like you actually hit something
Dated graphics : Game looks like it should have came out 10 years ago
Weak servers : Disconnects are way too common and force you to replay content ( no checkpoint system like d3 )
Insecure playerbase : Apparently PoE fanboys are so enamored with their game that they have to spam the forums of other games about how good it is. Hey PoE fanboys if it is such a good game why aren't you busy playing it?
** I am not claiming D3 is the greatest game ever, or even the greatest overall game currently, or even the greatest loot-based arpg ever ( that is D2:LOD ). However, D3 is the best modern loot-based arpg available.
*** In the past year I have played the following loot-based arpgs :
Diablo 2:LOD, Diablo 3, Torchlight I and Torchlight II, Hellgate:London, Path of Exile.
- If I had to rate that set of games it would be :
1) Diablo II:LOD,
2) Diablo III,
3) Torchlight I,
4)Path of Exile,
**** In addition I have also played [ or at least tried out ] the following loot-oriented MMO's :
World of Warcraft ( Mists of Pandaria ), Guild Wars 2, Rift, Aion, Tera, Ultima Online (free servers)
However, I am not playing any MMO currently as I think I burnt myself out of the genre -
I quit WoW in November when my Annual Pass expired, I got a refund for Guild Wars 2, Rift is the free trial up to level 20? , Tera was a free 10 day trial, Aion is currently f2p [ i had bought and played it for a few months when it launched ], and Ultima Online is something I have played off an on for over a decade on various free servers
In fact of all the games I listed above, the only one I even still mess with on a regular basis is Diablo III so that has to count for something.