There are so many completely ridiculous complaints about this game. From constant bugs being Kixeye's fault (along with the stupid argument that they purposefully put them in the game LMAO), to the game being pay to win (it is, that is the market direction they took, fully legal, take it or leave it), and that the game is faster than it has ever been (yes but again you have no control over that so why bother saying anything?).
First I want to preface this with saying that I am an avid gamer who is 23 and has been playing video games since I was a child, and the reality is, I know the ins and outs of what gaming companies do, and how they market. I have played every single genre of game enough to be able to identify a game immediately based on how it is setup to figure out this: what can I expect in this game from a marketing standpoint? This is not hard to do, there are really only 3 types of marketing strategies, each with sub-strategies that work well.
The first is a one time payment strategy like most games were. You would pay for the game and get all of the content, however there is a flaw here, there are never updates to the game that add content (well there are some but its few and far between).
The second is subscription based, where you pay a one time fee, then you pay another fee monthly to get additional content, and to allow you to keep playing. Didn't pay this month? Have fun not playing. This is becoming exceedingly less successful because it is an outdated way of paying for a game.
Then there is the "free to play" market (we are going to negate the advertising route of this, as BP doesn't use it). This is where Battle Pirates is, and this is what people have no clue about who play this game, based entirely off of forums. Free to play, doesn't really exist if you think about it. The common phrase "nothing is free" is really true. You could technically play this game free, however, if you did not start 7 years ago, you will be forever behind. This is a reality, if you started in the last couple of years without thinking you would have to commit money, you are just XXXX, this is not even a question anymore, you are XXXXX compared to the average population. Free to play market is the same across all games, you have to pay to catch up, this is reality, this is not something invented by Kixeye, this has always been the case in every single free to play game EVER. The reason for this is because developers want to push the game FORWARD (creating new content to get more money, cause you know they are a business after all?????????), NOT KEEP GOING BACK AND HELPING NEW PLAYERS, when they can just get help getting the new stuff. Going back and helping new players, is unfortunately how you lose money. Gaming is a business, if you think this is false. The reality of this game, is that you can catch up without spending money, make friends and they will help you do so, however, it is faster to do it with money, duh! This is not negotiable, there is nothing you can do or say to change this, stop posting on forums thinking you can change a business's direction in gaming. It works for them, they are going to keep doing it. And even if everyone stops spending, they will just stop the game as its no longer profitable, like any business would in the real world. This is take it or leave it, so make your choice.
Let's talk problems with the game next now that you actually understand the direction of the game in general and that it is a take it or leave it deal. Bugs and things not working properly are Kixeye's fault, HOWEVER! It's a flash game, blame flash for all the problems, if this was client side there would be almost no issues (of course there will still be issues, its a game for fck sakes). Flash is incredibly hard to code to be stable. The moment that you understand this, is the moment you can stop saying that Kixeye purposefully puts the bugs in. Now I'm not entirely sure which route Kixeye takes, but I think all the coding is done outside of flash and then just imported. This is the ideal way to do it, and is the most stable, but it still isn't stable, you are going to have issues with flash, in fact you can find a way to break any flash game, no matter who made it lol. Stop with the ridiculous accusations against Kixeye in this circumstance, cause if you make them you just look stupid as you clearly have no idea what you are talking about. The reality is, there is not a single game on the planet without any bugs. And 99.99% of them have many many bugs. It could be as simple as eating a keyboard input, and could be as severe as losing the entirety of the progress in the game (yes this happens in alot of games, you think its bad here, wait till you put in 6 months of work only to lose it all and have the developers ignore you). Stop XXXXXX XXXXX, this game is fine in this sense, and you almost always get more than enough compensation for what you lost.
As a side note between points, in every game but this game, balance changes are not liable for compensation, this is the first game where I have seen support give compensation for a balance change. Thank Kixeye for this, they do not have to do it at all, in fact they choose the option that most companies don't choose here.
In final, this game is not perfect, hell even the developers know that. However, it's pretty **** good. I understand it can be frustrating going into a game and having to spend money to catch up, but it is apart of the gaming world and we just have to live with it. I think I would rate this game 8/10, and its within my top 20 games. The reason for this really is the sesspool of absolute fcking garbage out there, and it seems to me that the people who complain constantly, or throw stupid accusations at Kixeye, this is their first or second game, and they expect things to be perfect. I just hope that they take me seriously in everything that I said, because I actually understand this area of the world very well.
Just remember, if you think this is bad, don't play other games, cause it only gets worse from here.
MOD EDIT: Changed and removed some wording that violated the forums posting rules to keep this open. Laredo