The loot is all garbage and upgrade fodder, except for the very rare drop that only a mindless fanatic would continue to grind for.
The blade and soul dungeon matching is horrible
Combat and gliding is stellar.Some of the art is really good, though most is just too gaudy for my taste.Animations are fantastic.Some of the music is really good.These are, as a whole, marvelous in my opinion.
But, for every positive there are heavy negatives and that is where they took something amazing and failed with lackluster game design, horrible localization/translation and very bad voice acting. Bosses are UN-targetable? Boring.Walk-meshes (game level design term) that are improperly created causing your jump action to fail landing you in the center of many mobs aggro range?Unpleasant. Wasting everyone's time. Their business practices (I don't care if other mmos do it) is greedy and unethical.I am not going to pay real life cash for a freaking key, but their game design is such that some people are forced to run a dungeon 29 or more times before they finally get their upgrade weapon.It's either that or quit, which is a very tempting choice for me at this time.
Baka.It's not p2w it's pay to be slightly less miserable.They make the grind so boring and miserable that you are forced to buy ridiculous items from them or blade and soul gold from their bots.
Bots/BNS Gold Farmers have complete control over the market.They manipulate everything so that you are forced to buy the end product from them since all the ingredients are just as expensive or more so than the final product.They camp all the rich spots.Good luck wasting your life trying to harvest any of the good spots. The developers enabled this to happen and even made it the inevitable outcome with their few spawn nodes and long re-spawn timers.They make chat useless with their spam.They annoy and irritate players with their constant spam.They are unsightly.I don't care if this is the same in every other mmo.It is unacceptable.Since the developers never do anything meaningful or significant about the bots and their game design is one that enables these bots to thrive, it is reasonable to assume that they are profiting from the bots.They probably have their own legally un-affiliated blade & soul gold farming company.Of course this is just theory, but a likely scenario.
Even some paying subscribers are miserable with this boring grind for barely any reward. It is unbearable, unpleasant, and not fun for me. The loot is all garbage and upgrade fodder, except for the very rare drop that only a mindless fanatic would continue to grind for.If you don't like pvping, then it's an even more miserable boring grind.The grind is mindless and very unpleasant.You even rip off your paying customers. Have I made that point clear?
Impractical Solution: Get a second job, work eight hours, and use that money to buy blade-soul gold from them or their bots so you can upgrade your gear, since then you won't be nearly as miserable and bored.Ah... but once you have max gear then what?Do the same miserable boring grind as before.
Real Problem and Solution:Stop their unreasonable and unethical micro-transaction scams (example: inventory space, keys) and and mandatory RNG dependent upgrades. As stated, their grind is boring (extreme repetition for very long periods), unpleasant in many ways (example: if chef blinds me with that white screen one more time I'm going to throw my monitor out the window; trash mobs give no reward for killing them in most end game dungeons), completing dungeons give little reward (not worth the effort), and is not fun. Why not make the grind fun and rewarding? Can they do that? If so, people won't complain about it any more...at least I wouldn't.
I have a subscription (not worth it (actually some of it makes the experience less enjoyable for example the special gliding/sprinting effect is so irritating. I hate it.) and have bought costumes totaling $60 in the last two months, but I have decided not to spend a penny more.They are driving even mildly intelligent people away and soon they will be left with no-lifers and morons who probably don't have much money to pay them.This seems like bad game design to me.If you weren't such bad game designers you would have kept people like me happily paying and playing for years.Whatever. Do what you want.
The dungeon matching is horrible (matching too low level or under geared people is a complete waste of time since often we can't just leave and re-queue from the lobby.We have to leave the lobby first then reload (often we are just stuck and can't leave), its just a complete waste of time especially when the bots are swarming making you do this over and over often 15 times before getting matched with a decent group.The market is barely functional.The economy is atrocious, etc. designed that way from the start and been that way for years.
I will enjoy NCSoft's weeping and nashing of teeth when this game fails, because they dont listen to anyone (no lifers and morons don't have much money to pay them).
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