Posted: May 20
I find this game fun. Though its my opinion.
Progression: You progress very quickly through the first two tiers, and maybe tier 3 as well. For some people things slow down at tier 4, for some people they say it grinds to a halt. Solution to that, get synergy levels with lower tier ship to increase fleet strength. 30% fleet strength=+30% synergy. You can also buy a premium account but you don't have to, to progress. You may have a problem earning credits, if you do its probably because you are buying or upgrading everything you can. While upgrading stuff does help, it doesn't do that much, a ships with Mk4 modules will have a slight advantage compared to a ship with Mk3, Mk2 or Mk1 modules, but that can easily be made up for with just a little more skill. I stay very competitive while having mostly Mk1 and Mk2 modules. I only really upgrade modules when i have a kit for it or if i use the certain ship alot. For instance the only ships that I have all Mk4 or M3 stuff for is some Tier 1 or 2 things, as well as the ships I use for tournaments. And because I don't do that at the moment of writing this I have (slightly over) 25 million credits. And keep in mind that module upgrades don't do that much per upgrade and can be made up for with just a little more skill.
Pay2win?: I don't really know where people get this from, (if you would like to tell me i would be more then happy to see why you think its pay to win.) Premium ships when you compare it to similar ships of its tier, for instance compare the Blood Tormentor to the Crus S, the blood tormentor seems to have better stats right? Well that's because you are comparing a ship with max synergy and a ship with lvl0 synergy. I don't know why the developers show the ships this way, maybe its to try and persuade the buyer into think that he/she is buying something that is better the nits counterpart when it really isn't. It probably worked on some people though... Also upgrading modules with gold gives you extra synergy but doesn't enhance the module or weapon by any more then just upgrading it with vouchers or credits or a kit or whatever other ways you can upgrade them.
Admin Abuse?: I haven't experienced this but from what I have heard you will get instantly banned by Russian admins if you have a different opinion about something(or them, probably them.) So I guess I will have to take their word for it since I can't prove the opposite.
Ridiculously hard PvE missions?: Maybe for some people, But the point of the PvE missions is they are supposed to be more difficult, and that's why you get such a greater reward for completing one. And no they are not impossible if you have lower rank ships, and if you get people that constantly don't know what they are doing (which is kinda unlikely to constantly get those types of players) then just ask some friends to squad up and do some PvE with you. It makes it alot easier. My corporation always has members online and there is always someone that will want to squad up for PvP or PvE. Me and 3 other corp members have beaten Rank 10-15 PvE missions using Rank 11 and Rank 12 ships. (though its easier when you do have higher rank ships)
Balance issues?: Its your opinion, the only thing that i think can get unbalanced is when there are two many of one type of ship, ships have roles that counter other ships,(fighters have tacklers which take down interceptors effectivly, Command ships which are very helpful for the team and can sort of do whatever, gunships are very good for dealing high damage in a short ammount of time to make them effective at taking down whatever. Also another balance issue i have is Tier 5 interceptors can get a little bit to durable(depending on how you build or setup your ship) and make them really hard to kill.
So my conclusion, fun game which is normally balanced, the grind wont be to hard if you follow the advice (some of my friends have around 60% fleet strength which means +60% synergy for battles. and yes you can go over 100%) While the admins dont have the best record you probably won't run into many problems with the admins (if you argue with me then your probably just that kind of person) try it out and you dont need to spend any money
just so you guys know i have a friend with a premium account and he makes around 650K per Tier4-Tier5 PvE battles that he finishes