The Free-to-play Conundrum: To Play or Not to Play

Chad Awkerman writes: "As I’m sure by now you are all aware, probably one of the biggest MMORPG titles since World of Warcraft, EA and BioWare’s Star Wars: The Old Republic, is going to a free-to-play (or, more specifically, a “freemium”) model this fall. The news, announced officially yesterday, has inevitably brought a mixed reaction from the game’s current subscriber base..."

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GamerSciz2323d ago

The problem with F2P games is that 90% of the time the people willing to pay for in-game items are always at an advantage. It's almost guaranteed that the game isn't balanced well. Only if there is a crafting ability like TF2 so even if you don't find, or pay for the item you can still craft it.

showtimefolks2323d ago

So true I want to try dust 514 and hopefully the game will be balanced well but I doubt it at launch. So I will wait about 30 days and than jump in so smaller issues would be resolved by than

SPAM-FRITTER-1232323d ago

Demo = 1 or 2 hours

Free To Play = 100+ hours

why complain about free to play when you can spend money if you like it OR do not spend any money if you don't.


ATi_Elite2322d ago (Edited 2322d ago )

If I buy $10 worth of Premium guns and you have not spent one dime!

Your DAM RIGHT i should have an advantage If not then I would want my money back. You want an advantage, Stop being CHEAP and spend some money especially if your putting in many hours playing a Free game. Show the Devs/Pubs some Love and spend a few dollars. They got bills to pay you know!!

The United States spends more money on Defense than most countries make. Do we have an advantage! YES we have an unparalleled technical advantage!!

So why should the game be different? Again Spend money and WIN!!

anyway most F2P games are NOT "Fremium" or "Pay to Win". Most money is spent on customizations or leveling up faster and NOT instant advantages with weapons.

But like I said if your putting in daily hours on a Free Game, show the Devs/Pub some love and spend some Money!!!

I can careless about a person who plays a F2P game for over 40 hours and has never spent a Dime but yet has the NERVE to complain about a person who financially supported the Dev/Pub and got better weapons and a clear cut advantage.

s45gr322323d ago

I see the biggest issue with free to play is the balance issue in the sense that those that spent money on the dlc content will have an advantage over those that don´t buy dlc content. The other issue is if the game ends up as a grind or farming in the sense you better off spending real money on say items as opposed grind and grind on hours on end to end up getting your ass kick along the way till you get say precious item or kick-ass weapon when someone else just bought it in say five minutes. Its up to gamers and say developers to solve these issues. I do want to point out this is great news personally for me now that I will finally play Star Wars the Old Republic now free of charge and only having to buy the DLC that I want. The biggest issue for having to pay for say MMO was the simple fact that once say game developers move on to the next big thing or mmo the old mmo´s servers will shut down and not able to play the game no more meaning well all that money went down the drain. So free to play is a model that should strongly be supported by gamers is not perfect but which model is.

pompombrum2323d ago

f2p can be a good thing but with EA running things, they'll try and squeeze as much money out of you as they possibly can. To quote from EA's CEO John Riccitiello

"When you are six hours into playing Battlefield and you run out of ammo in your clip, and we ask you for a dollar to reload, you're really not very price sensitive at that point in time...We're not gouging, but we're charging."

If the head guy is saying stuff like that, can anyone actually remain optimistic about how f2p model specifically for SWTOR?

thezeldadoth2322d ago

idk about f2p. It splits up the community, thats for sure.