*edited for more gameplay experience*
FIRST, this game isn't THAT P2W as most people claim it to be... in truth, the game is more horribly unbalanced and so makes it seem it's P2W.
How? the monster you can craft towards mid/endgame get stronger (yes, plain STRONGER! and you can upgrade their lvl to get even stronger), also some layouts hide some traps better then others. also for some reason i feel that toward around lvl 25 the player's castles either feel overpowerd (be it stacking high DPS monsters with shieldmonsters creating a deathtrap only a few lucky players will overcome, or just making an insanely big castle wich makes the player run around losing time)
for this the game starts to lose the fun factor of creating and raiding other people's castles and turns into a search for doable castles to farm gold to upgrade your castle and join in with the clusterf*ck castlebuilders. you can say "but you need to validate/beat your own castle" and offcourse you do. i build my castle and i know HOW to bypass my traps wich monsters are where and HOW i can lure them out to pick 'm off one by one. i also look at replays to see what killed/failed to kill the other players.
so how to fix this P2W problem? imho realy easy actualy, the base is good the way it is. but it needs balancing! (x amount of monster x per room/castle, x amount of traps, some traps can not be use to create unavoidable pure deathtraps, etc.)
and for people allready playing this game i can allready here you say "but, but, but! they can buy actual monsters!" and indeed you can! does this help you in any way? not realy! :D howcome? i bought the haloween pack (in any F2P game i like to play i buy something to support the devs, simple reason) and i allready owned all the monsters! :D hell i was only playing 3 days and i could allready craft some of them hehe.
on with the review
you like diablo 2 (there is no D3!) and like to make your own (small) map for others to enjoy/hate/get frustrated about/etc?
pick this up :) 3 nice classes (4 if you get the DLC) a LOT of diffrent maps (bossfight, usermade and NPC maps)
and if somebody tells you this game is P2W... ignore the fool! (yes i bought the 4th class) i see nothing you can buy with real money you can't get through playing the game. sure it's faster... but also pretty boring and beats the fun of playing.
- user generated maps + NPC maps + boss maps
- 3 (4) good classes (wich for me all have their uses)
- allthough people say it's P2W, it ISN'T! the game can be played without even putting in any money (you just need to L2p)
- you can create your own castle and build it's defence (for others to beat or die trying!)
- more diablo then D3!
- no ingame key remap (you can edit the config in the game folder)
- no hud lock
- lack of directional keys (ok, most Arpg's don't have it. but still won't hurt to have it. like van helsing)
- feels P2W at higher lvl's
- huge lack of balance
- anything goes... (create a castle with a LOT of diffrent empty halls and people will fail to get a 3* raid)
those are for me the best and worst parts for the game :) sure it needs a lot of balance in the create your castle/monster section (impossible to beat traps, empty hallways leading to nothing making you waste valuable time, overpowerd monster stacking, etc.)
other then that i don't think i can say anything wrong about this game, it's fun! :) it could realy use some developer love (again, balancing this game is CRUCIAL if they want this game to survice)