This game had a suprisingly strong start, showing an impressive amounts of polish and strong gameplay when it started as open beta. From that point, it basically got worse and worse.
Star Conflict is WoT in space, with huge selection of ships, great graphics and pretty enjoyable combat mechanics. Just as WoT, it's horribly grindy and developers made a few misguided decisions that made progression even harder and slower then it was at the beginning. The strongest example is the contract system: contracts are missions that pay you with reputation, that you can spend for unlocking high-grade gear for your ships. At first, they were an additional source of reputation, that you could also get just by fighting in matches. Then, it became the only source of reputation, what made unlocking good gear much harder (and slower/boring). Then, they changed the mechanism from unlocking gear, that you could then buy for every ship you own, to upgrading single pieces of equipment. I salute everyone that didn't want to barf at the sole thought of how much grinding it will get them to equip a new ship decently. And it's only one of the changes that made the grinding much more painfull then it originally was.
The game has pretty good variety when it goes to game modes and maps, which gives decent potencial for organized teams to dominate the game, maybe more then in WoT thanks to the much more dynamic battles. It also has a decent clan wars system, that can have some appeal for dedicated players. Still, the grindfest stays as the main complain that will probably make all but those with really strong will drop this game - and it really seems that since the release SC playerbase is rather getting smaller.
I invested 60 euro in the elite pilot pack, but after a month I couldn't force myself to play this game any more. So, unless you're a die-hard fan of WoT that wants a new game in similar style, or you want a somewhat-casual space shooter and won't care at all about painfully slow progression, you probably shouldn't give much time to this game (though you can always try it out for some initial fun, it's F2P after all).
Publicada: 5 fevereiro 2014