I've been putting a lot of hours into this game. It's generally good game in terms of gameplay, variety and battles but I'll list out the major cons:
-Despite being called "free to play
", people can just pay and advance to higher tiers/ranks. Lets call them Wallet players
-Wallet players who reach higher tiers will get all implants (implants are like the point system tree in borderlands, payday 2 etc)
-Wallet players who have all these implants can go back to lower tiers, are pretty much invincible and have the upper hand in every battle. YOU WILL GET YOUR ♥♥♥ HANDED TO YOU
Now you may ask Oh my, why would they come back to lower tier games and spoil our fun?
. I'll tell you why...
People think this game is really free to play and come into the lower tiers which are the only popluated matches available for instant battles. So the wallet players will just come into lower ranked games because nobody wants to wait 5 minutes for match. This is unsportive behaviour.
-The game developers only seem to update the game in a way that favours wallet players.
-Extra synergy (synergy is experience, you need this to access higher rank ships and higher tiers) cannot be transferred to ships which dont have full synergy. If you want to, you need to pay a lot of money.
-Upgrading weapons to the max requires loyalty points (these can be done by doing special challenges like 'kill 3 ships in one battle'. These challenges are called contracts) And this requires another longg rinding process because contracts can only be done certain times. Some contracts can only be done once per day. Or you can just pay money and upgrade your weapons.
-The game has an option to enable the profanity filter to filter explicit words for the faint hearted
man-children. Despite this, uttering an explicit word in a moment of frustration will get you chat muted. This has happened to me countless times.
Now you might say "Oh you're just talking out of your behind, there's no such thing as paying to get an advantge in this game!
You are either blind and didn't read all the above
You already spent a ♥♥♥♥ton of money on the game and are comfortable knowing that you spent $$$ on digital flying machines.
ANY game that offers you the chance to pay money and progress in any way that puts you in a place that is unreachable to the common player without tremendous grinding is known as "Pay to win". And this game is a shining example of it.