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Is Free to Play, Pay to Win?

Free-to-play (F2P) refers to video games in which players are able to play the game ( to an extent) without paying. There are several kinds of free-to-play games, but the most common is based on the freemium model. Freemium games are games were the user is granted full access to the game, but is still able to pay micro-transactions to obtain additional content. Free-to-play can be contrasted with pay-to-play, in which payment is required before using a service for the first time, which is wildly used in console gaming.

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joab7771570d ago

It depends on your definition of winning. But, all in all, ppl with money will often breeze through content, or have an upper hand in some way. Its undeniable.

Proponents after say that items are either also available in game or simply convenience items. Well, in PvE games, if u can skip 100's of hours of grinding, or endlessly replay content to get loop drops, u r winning.

Many will only reference pay to win as occurring in direct PvP environments. But this isnt true. If the goal in PvE is to get to level 90 for example with all the best gear and money allows u to do it 50 x faster, then that is pay to win imo.

Scrupuless1570d ago

Depends on the model. Dota 2 is free to play, no amount of money spent in game has any effect on gameplay.

isarai1570d ago

Not always, but it happens more often than not

mohuzas1570d ago

Iwata called most of them "free to start", which I think is an accurate description.

MasterD9191570d ago

Exactly...

It's more like..."Here is the first 10-15 levels on us, then cough up a subscription fee if you want more."

dcj05241570d ago

Not really. Warframe and DOTA 2 come to mind.

Teddy-Duchamp1570d ago

I think so, but perhaps double standards, as I really enjoy war thunder on ps,(heavy on micro transactions) but dislike GTA5 online.
I find GTA feels unbalanced, knowing players have spent hundreds in real money, building they're virtual empires, then players like me that haven't spent a penny of real money, it just doesn't feel right, to me anyway.

Do you think gamers will be able to buy they're trophies/achievements in the near future? This I would be against, but make you wonder.

bjmartynhak1570d ago (Edited 1570d ago )

Whatever it is, I simply refuse to buy "consumables", charge me $60 for everything the game has, maybe even $80, but give me everything.

Consumables: renting equipment, getting more lifes, equipment that will become obsolete when you advance in the game.

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