So i have been playing since game drop and i am honestly not pleased with this game. I've given it a pretty good run spent the entire time up to now none stop grinding. Learning everything i can from the pc version which honestly didn't help much and i am finally to the point to where i honestly just want a refund because the pain of playing this game actually out weights the enjoyment. Don't get me wrong i absolutely love the combat system it is much better than anything else that i have seen in MMOs but there are just to many things out weighing the fun to be had with this and the game is not even fully released yet. We still have roughly 4 expansions to go if i am not mistaken a huge amount of classes not released and a whole bunch of other stuff that makes the game sound great but really gets out weighted in the long run and unfortunately one major problem that was said would be immediately addressed after release and is still a freaking problem now. so lets go ahead and dive right into this and no this is not a rant this is honestly just a critique of the game from someone who has spent the entire life gaming.
First up the biggest and most devastating problem in my opinion. The developers promised back when the beta was out that the screen safe zone would be addressed immidiately after launch. Here we are so many days later and a major expansion later and i still can't see the vast majority of my screen. Its not my tv because every other game works perfectly fine and those that don't have the option to adjust so that they fit appropriately. Not only did we get promised a very quick fix for this we are now after a major update that added massive amounts of quest lands, nodes and a whole slew of other content but we still didn't get the basic fix for quality of life we were promised. This really doesn't say great things about the developers as a whole as such a small fix should have been easy for them to do. Don't get me wrong programing isn't a cake walk but still this compared to what went into the game makes this fix a cake walk. So we have already been set up with the idea that the devs have a chase if not a habit of not making good on their word. This isn't the only thing that was promised to be fixed quickly either several major maintenance later there are still people complaining about not getting their silver for turning in their bars to the storage. This is the second thing that was promised a quick fix and has yet to be delivered on.
Second, Now this is addressed by many a pc player to the devs and i am sure many an xbox player. The drop rates on this game are mind shatteringly low. Don't get me wrong RNG is RNG but having a .07 drop rate for an item that is a transitional item meant to be grabbed by the player so that they can grind for the great that will allow them to acquire the gear that they need to partake in late game content is mind boggling. I understand low drop rates, It makes the item more valuable and makes the person play the game more and want to purchase quality of life items from the cash store. However the way that the RNG is set up in this game and applied makes getting even the most basic gear require one to have absolutely no life or have and endless wellspring of money to throw at the game in addition to having very little of a life as lets face it a 20% increase to a .001 drop is laughable. You still have a near non existent chance of getting the item you are after not to mention the fact that many mobs where you farm such items that keep in mind aren't transitional items. Such mobs don't always drop something meaning that this .001 chance is actually lower because the creatures don't always drop something meaning there is yet another spinner to be spun to determine if there is loot. Again don't get me wrong i understand the devs wanting to make money but i have seen memes about this game being the home of the 0% drop chance, Memes about mark of shadows which is a low end item in all reality being a myth and these things are made by veteran pc players. Not only does spending your money on the game to try and get the item yourself seem fruitless its honestly inadvisable if you do the math. This game needs a serious revamp to the way that the drop system works anyone who has to balance a job and life is not going to have the time to endlessly grind for an item that they need to aquire to partake in end game content. They would be better off playing a game like World of warcraft which has become a shadow of its formerself but at least there drops are much higher and you can more readily get gear to progress your character.
Thirdly. If the drop rate issues were not bad enough on th eir own the Player market is so screwed up at this point that it isn't even entirely worth using to attempt to make money to buy items other players have gotten and sell on there. I have seen that sale prices are static and pre ordering creates a wait list. There is no bid list meaning that the demand of an item affects its price there for driving the player economy forward and making it either more or less likely to find an item a player needs. Not only this the primary way of making money on the player market is selling items that players have bought from the cash store, Which is promptly limited to roughly 8 a week if i am not mistaken meaning that you can make X amount of money off of cash shop items. Don't get me wrong this is a good thing it reduces the pay to win aspect but unfortunately it is still the most viable way to make money on the market given that the prices of all items are static and most basic items sell for under 500k means that a player can buy 8 costumes for the most played class and make upward of 25 mil a pop per costume or the savy investor can sell the bits and possibly make more than the whole set is actually worth. Not only this but i have seen that when prices do go up through out the day for what ever reason they reset at a certain time going back down to their pace value this means people who preorder items only have a set frame of time that an item can be sold for that amount and actually get the item making the wait time on a wait listed item take even longer. This is an absolutely mind boggling th ing for an mmo to do. The players drive the economy in nearly all mmos meaning if the item has value it is determined by the players to have X value rather than the Devs. Sure this keeps the market from inflating but it also keeps money from being able to be properly made when you pair it with the drop rates. Trying to buy up all the items and sell them back at a profit you aren't making really any profit in doing so even when you buy an item in high demand such as a yuria's staff currently on the xbox version. This is due to the way that the tax system works. Players with the value pack can make a small modicum of money while players without it actually lose money attempting to do this further crippling the player market for those players.
All in all these three things alone are enough to make me regret spending my money on this game and i know i have seen a lot of complaining about all of these things in general chat so i am sure that the rest of the community sees them as well and i am sure that those that read this and check the math will see that this is really a problem. This game is an absolute meatgrinder for a consumer. In its current state considering the fact that i haven't used any of my pre order items i would think a refund is in order but unfortunately due to microsofts rules of buying things from their store i cannot make such a move to gain back my money nor can i attempt to sell the vast majority of the items i have to try and make my life easier in game. So far this port has been an utter flop in my opinion and it needs some serious attention before i will ever be willing to spend another dime on the game itself.
Anyone thats what i had that should be looked at. Honestly i doubt that anything will be done because of me putting this up here and all of these things have been talked about before but less in depth and nothing has been done about them on pc. To me this seems like another MMO console flop. Anyway to those of you that read this congratz on making it through. For t hose of you that are looking to see if this is the game for you and you notice this post i would highly suggest not going into this game unless your planning to spend endless amounts of actual money on it.