The game at first is rather enjoyable and I saw a lot of potential in it, it was exciting and somewhat addictive, I liked the weapons and accessories, alot of which look amazing, despite the fact the SK team seem to like reskinning previous weapons. But, it's a free game after all, and you know there will always be downfalls. Now on the negitive side there's alot to talk about; first off the levels, they are constantly repeated over and over again, and it bugs me because it isn't hard at all to dedicate a mere month (or less) to creating fresh new level designs, and it's not like these are professional graffics we're dealing with here, it makes the developers seem lazy and unmotivated to build upon the game and this is where part of the boredom of many SK players is born.
I would also like to address this to you all, take it into consideration.
Three Rings seem to be reskinning alot of things, weapons in particular, but they're not making anymore levels, why? BECAUSE MAKING LEVELS DOESN'T GET THEM MONEY. Three Rings are going in the complete opposite direction then what I had hoped they'd go. The updates are just getting more and more disappointing.
Another major problem is the forge. So, in the 'good old days' (asides from elevator energy) you could collect heat to level up your weapon, and each time it levelled up the remaining heat will be put towards the next level etc. But the forge update ruins that, instead of remaining heat being put toward the next level, it stops, and you have to exit the mission just to level up your weapon manually, and here's the annoying part, during missions you collect heat crystals from boxes which are used to level up, fair enough... right? Well guess what, if you have a 4* or 5* weapon you got to be willing to give up days just to collect enough heat crystals to level up by 1. Because the forge has a chance of FAILING which means all those heat crystals you spent hours finding are gone. The only way you can get a 100% chance is by sacrificing a TON of heat crystals. For example my Blackhawk needed 69 shining crystals just so it would level up by 1, 69! It's unbareable. No one has the patience to go looking for 69 shining crystals just for 1 level. And just so you all know, that Blackhawk wasn't even at level 4 yet.
The graphics aren't good at all, constant clipping, it's just looks like the developers said: "Yeah, well, atleast it looks cool, we don't care that it clips through your other items, we need to spend our time on new reskins that look cool so we can get more money". Now I know what you're all thinking, but I don't judge a game purely on graphics and they could fix it, give or take another 2 years. All in all, if I enjoy it, I don't care much about graphics. You can choose from 3 different ways to play the game which is good. There's Mouse driven, Gamepad and wasd, typical stuff for a PC game, and that's probably for the best.
The final thing I would like to address are the SK servers. 60% of the time there's extreme lag, and this is not due to my internet connection, many other people complain about lag. I've been playing this game for over a year and ATLEAST one person complains about lag during a mission, I would also like to say to you that these are NOT the same people, I play with random and hopefully skilled players. Another thing is that monsters can kill you even when you lose connection to the servers, it can even go as far as using up your Spark of Life even when you're not there (I am not sure if this is fixed or if it's still an issue) and Spark's of Life are too rare, even though they claim to have increased the drop rate. With all the money coming in you would assume they're doing their best to make the game more enjoyable, but it doesn't seem that way at all, all the money you spend on the game doesn't seem to be going towards the game. But on the other hand, that could be due to the fact many people have abandoned SK and not many players come on anymore.
Overall, this game is best played casually. There's not many events to keep you occupied and even when there are they're not very *different* from one another, except for the Apocrea event. I wouldn't recommend this game to people who think graphics are vital or people who hate casual games which shouldn't be taken seriously. Although, if you like laid back games about knights decending to the core and finding absolutely nothing, then this is the game for you.
Don't be biased, you all know this game has severe flaws, and if you don't believe me then maybe you need to play the game a little more. You get to Vanguard rank and that's it, the Prestige missions repeat week after week, it gets very boring. And after that, then what? You'll move on.
This is just the sad truth of a game which had potential, whether you like the game or not. But don't get me wrong, I really liked it when I first started, and I'm not telling you to stay away from it, if you want to play it then go ahead, but this is all the annoying aspects I picked up from over 500 hours of playing it.