I rate this game negative albeit I intend to play it further a bit and had some fun with it.
It can be fun and is challenging but there are many negative aspects.
- Pay to win. All currently available DLC's cost you 223,94 €. You get 4 or 5 AAA Titles for that.
- There is a short Tutorial but the game is very complex and most things are unexplained. The Wiki is mostly in russian language.
- Grind. All you do is to level up different ships to get a better one with slightly improved stats. rinse and repeat.
- You can loot occassionaly usefull things for a certain module but since there are so many modules you can rarely update the stuff you need right now.
- Balancing. The balancing is NOT for a fun game experience but solely for generating money for the developers. You will see MANY artifical walls which restrict you from progress when you don't want to pay the "incredible" prices for things that should be in there right away. this appears like extortion to me. And this will never end no matter how much you have paid already.
- Long waiting times (1-5 minutes, European Server) when you want to do a battle. Be sure to have something to read for that time.
- Depending on time of day few players so the battles are filled up with "stupid" bots.
I have not done much PvE and been not in a Corp so I cannot rate these aspects. But corps mainly require Voice Coms (Teamspeak) so this only works if you live alone.
Other reviews have mentioned unfair bans. I have none experienced myself but I will certainly NOT pay (waste) hundreds of Euros when the game can restrict me from playing it that easily.
So the game can be fun if you like Grind and are willing to pay many money. Everyone else should be aware that this is a simple cash mashine for the developers where you provide them the content (opponents) and shall even pay for it. The more I think about it the more I dislike this business model.
as reply to TigusVidikis's comment:
>Pay to Win??? why?
Because you can speed up your progress significantly with real money. Faster progress means faster success and an advantage over players who don't do it.
> Premium ships are just different ships. Better in some stats, worse in others.
But they start fully leveled. Non-premium ships are therefore worse from their stats until they are leveled up also. but there is little point in flying a leveled ship any more since you mostly want to level up the next one. so for most of the time the premium ship IS better.
>The only real thing to give you an edge is and indirect bonus, if you go premium you get more XP and more loot.
more xp and more loot (items, upgrades) means better stats than one who doesn't pay. better stats means better chances. better chances means winning more often. winning more often means even faster progress. so from my conclusion this IS pay to win.
from what i have seen you can achieve most things by stupid grind. but it will take you a long while and will certainly not be fun for the most time. the game is purely balanced to annoy you so much until you pay. and the developers are greedy.
for 1 € (euro) i get 300 galactic standards (gs).
one month of premium licence (+50% xp, extra loot) cost you 3000 gs = 10 €
a second set of implants cost you 2000 gs = 6,7 €
a rank 11 ship costs you 6.2 million ingame credits this are around 12000 gs and thus 40 €.
to change ONE visual aspect of ONE ship costs you 150 gs = 0,5 €.
even beeing the mentor of a new character afaik costs you 200 gs = 0,7 €.
so if you want to play it seriously and have fun doing it you have little chance without paying. thats what everyone starting this game must be aware of. if you have plenty of real money to spend play it. but don't let you fool by the "free to play" tag because this is a lie.
I see that the developers must eat and want to be payed for their work. but the payment scheme applied in this game is obviously greedy and reminds me of extortion. and this is not only my opinion i have heard several other people mentioning this as the most annoying aspect of the game.
I have now spend lots of time in the game (and also few euros) and want to explain my long term experiences.
Corp/buddies is important to have for flying together and get some tips.
PVE is quite boring and repetitive.
IDIOTS. I can't describe how frustrating this game is because of the idiots in it. there are many bad players who don't contribute to winning, refuse to help their teammates etc.. Its very frustrating when you constanly loose a match because of such people. And there are the players which have spent many time in game already (you are too late!) and have top (premium) ships, best equipment and experience. If you have those in enemy team you have mostly lost already before the fight even starts. So if you are a "medium" or average player like me you will recive constant frustration.
The matchmaking system seriously SUCKS. If you want to team up with someone you have significantly increased waiting times (you spent half of the time in this game waiting for a match anyway). So if you want to play together (its multiplayer, right?) you will actually have less fun.
And the teams are often very unbalanced with one side having a clear advantage over the other. The balanced and fair (=the fun) fights are 1/3 approximately.
So with the greedy developers, the idtiot community and the crappy matchmaking system I CANNOT recommend this game to anyone. I'm sure there are better gaming experiences out there. Once my licence epxires i will leave the game for these reasons. Gaming should be fair fun and not unfair frustration.