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I play this game off and on with my husband. It isn't particularly my cup of tea but it's fun to play with him so I partake while I wait for FFXIV. It isn't a bad game, as I said, I have enjoyed my small amount of time but I don't care about lvling up the armor and weapons. I don't play it enough. Last night my husband found out why I hate to F2P because he never really understood it. He is trying to unlock lvl 4 weapons and crafting them takes 5 days unless you want to spend money. Ok, I understand that F2P needs to make money somehow (through vanity items are preferable to what they are doing). However, the math doesn't add up to what I would pay for a sub. 15 bucks unlocks everything...the highest lvl craft might take a day. To craft everything the husband wants to craft and not use all his crafting slots (so he can play other frames while he waits) will take 2 months (for one frame)! It's going to take two months no matter how much he plays. Unless, he wants to pay 100 bucks. How is this "cheaper" than a sub? I just don't understand. To be clear, this is not getting to max level in 2 months...this is getting equipment one lvl higher. He currently has lvl 3 gear.
Anyway I just told him welcome to the world of F2P and he said he didn't see himself playing the game much longer. If the price were more reasonable (closer to a sub fee) he would happily pay that. He isn't interested (nor would I allow him) in spending $100 bucks now only to discover if he wants to craft something for another frame it's going to cost him another $100.
I understand that there are people that love F2P but I haven't seen a shining example of it yet. GW2 was B2P and it was fine because everything in the shop is vanity or convenience. I suppose you could argue that it is convenience to buy time to speed up your craft but when something takes 5 days it's beyond ridiculous. 12 hours, fine. A day, fine. 5 days is stupid and the only reason to make it that long is to make people pay. So why not just have a sub? Or at least go B2P. My sub to FFXIV will cost me $179.88 for the year. My husband in FF can't even get two frames with weapons maxed out for that. I don't really want to start a whole F2P/P2P argument, though I know that is what is going to happen. I just don't understand why some people continue to say it's the best model. It's the most used model right now, sure, but is it really what's best?
Obviously I can't speak for all gamers. However, I can speak for me, and this is the used car salesmen like feel I keep saying F2P games stink of.