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Look at my tag, GW1 was my best experience in a online game to date. GW2 has turned into a run around bash stuff for preset rewards making the whole experience dull. The whole game is designed around making people buy gems be it for real money or not.
I hate it, I can't stand this type of cash shop. Not to mention all the item's that are locked in RNG boxes in the cash shop. Last drop in the bucket for me was with the last patch of the living story.
One of the end game item sets in GW1 was tormented weapons, and guess what they did with GW2. They just simply put them in a RNG box. >> http://dulfy.net/2014/03/04/gw2-tormented-weapon-skins-gallery/
They have added, 10? or something of these item sets in the RNG boxes.
If these weapons were actual rewards in the game, rare drops and unique boss rewards, this game would of been so much more rewarding and you would have something to actually play for other than a okay story with almost same type of content most of the time.
The reason I put this post here, is not really to talk about GW2, but the kind of cheesy cash shop they have. When you have everything in the game avaible for real money, it just rips the whole experience apart.
I know not everyone can afford to spend extra money in the cash shop. But most people can afford to at least buy enough gems/whatever for that one item you really want. More and more MMO's choose to implement as a feature. Farm for 10+ hours straight or spend 20 or something dollars for that thing you really want.
This dilemma makes you think about whether or not the time you spend in the actual game is worth the X amount of dollars you could spend in a heartbeat.
I have not followed Wildstar closely, correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure I heard you could buy playtime and trade it to other players for ingame currency that do not have/want to spend real money. Meaning they will have to put more time into the game than the player that has the money.
I heard the same for Star Citizen, although they said it would be limited. I guess that's a good thing.
You also have EVE, but I think that's a core part of the game, since you can actually withdraw you'r money if I'm correct?
The only game I've not heard have something like this is ESO, and I don't feel compelled to try it out since I did not click with the bad combat in Skyrim, IMO.
What's you'r opinion on this so called feature that more and more MMO's decide to go with?
I hate it, it totally ruins my experience.
I'll just leave two links here to the two latest item sets you are able to craft and decide yourself if they look bad on purpose or given very little time to the designers since they do not generate money from the cash shop.