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Is Online Gaming Truly Better When it's Free To Play?

Free-to-play games offer gamers a very easy and cost-effective way to enjoy online multiplayer, but are these sorts of games themselves actually better than their predecessors?

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ApocalypseShadow108d ago (Edited 108d ago )

Depends. If it's F2P and you have to grind and grind and grind to get to level 1. Then grind and grind and grind to get a weapon. Then grind and grind and grind to get a hat for an unreasonable amount of time. And it's set up and marketed constantly that you can buy all that for $4.99 to shorten the pain but you barely get anything for the price. Then, HELL NO.

If it's a great F2P game, with a great play loop and it has reasonable level updating and weapons capable of being acquired WITHOUT endless grinding for hours upon hours without spending any money, even for special weapons. Then, F2P is okay.

F2P should be fun. Not a job of endless working. Or being pushed to pull out your wallet. But truthfully, I'd rather an online game with one price that gives you a deep online experience. Not monthly cost or yearly cost or pay for passes.

onewingnut107d ago

This is all by design. How else are they going to make that money and keep you engaged? I miss the times when it was about a great story and experience and not just trying to activate my dopamine centers and cause addiction.....

SDuck107d ago

fuck no. I play Rocket League and the amount of trolls, match throwers and toxic players doesn't decrease because even if we successfully report them, they can just make a new account and keep on being douches.

Knightofelemia107d ago

No because free to play comes with a price look at GTA as an example it's the perfect model. Rockstar drops an update a new business, a few new cars, new weapons, clothes, and tattoos. That stuff is super expensive in the world of Los Santos meaning you either have to grind the shit out of the game or you have to buy shark cards. Those shark cards are what unlocks that new car or business so people can try them out. Even free to play on cellphone comes with a price because they know people will pay to have a new character skin, weapon skin or even unlock a new weapon.

CoNn3rB107d ago (Edited 107d ago )

Right now I think F2P comes with too many strings attached. If it isn't a grindy expedience that tries to lure you into the store to bypass the full time job that is the game, it's the trolls, the smurfs and the hackers with throw away accounts, or the ever frustrating battlepasses that these games tack on with 2/3 items that are actually worth the effort and then 97/98 garbage teir unlocks that would have been free bonuses in a full priced game.

F2P is a lot like Steam Greenlight or Early Access, it's a good idea on paper but the system is so open to abuse that for every good example there's about 10 other games that take the piss.