How does Lost Ark compare to Diablo 3 and Path of Exile?

What an ARPG likes most is a big fight, except maybe rummaging through the remaining corpses for a more fashionable pair of shoes. So, since Lost Ark has recently entered the fray as a major contender for the ARPG throne, I think throwing it in the pit with the other big hits of the genre over the past decade, Diablo 3 and Path of Exile, might It’s fun and pits them against a series of arbitrary but deadly challenges. Which game has the cutest loot, or the most satisfying skill? Which one best conveys the feeling that a mouse click can turn a god into a sauce?

The plan is to compare how the three games handle different aspects of the core ARPG formula. This is a general comparison of generalized systems, rather than an in-depth analysis of how each game handles, for example, separate class types. That said, for balance, I try to use similar classes when comparing games (Warrior of the Lost Ark, Barbarian from Diablo 3, Reaver from Path of Exile), so the results are not based on three very different games style.

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