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I've been playing this game a year now, and seen it change quite a bit. I can understand some people's qualms with the game. It does come with a handful of bugs. But it's to be expected for a patch as big as this- it's literally the size of an expansion pack for any other game, and it's all here, for free. The game has changed a lot over this past year for sure.
There's tons of dynamic content now. You can fight tornados, have death squads sent out for you, you can accidentally find yourself stuck in a minefield, you can raid monster nests, and have random distress calls sent out to you in the field. There's even more dynamic ARES missions you can do- and they have also added in a job board which will appear more familiar to you RPG types. The new user experience has improved a bunch, so you can learn the ropes of the game pretty fast. The only thing they don't explain too much yet is crafting, but I am sure that is coming.
Gear has changed a lot too. Loot drops are much more common, and it takes much less resources to craft anything. Weapons and abilities now take modules, and modules can change everything about your gun. Your gun might appear weak at first- but after you add modules, it becomes a whole nother beast. Do you add more damage, or make it faster? Do you make it charge up faster?
If you're a shooter fan and like class-based shooters, get this game. If you're an RPG fan and know how to aim a mouse, get this game. If you're looking for something a world different than all these cookie cutter themepark games out there, get this game. If you want a game that feels truely alive, get this game. You have nothing to lose- it's free.
Oh, I ought to mention... Red 5 is giving out a lot of free starter packs. Just tune into their twitch when they are airing, they usually give something away every 15 minutes or so. www.twitch.tv/r5studios.
Stay frosty, or something like that.