To answer the question: Yes I would reccomend it, with one exception, because of the apparent money grab, I would warn anyone I advised to play, to stay away from the cstore. I would tell them that it is a money grubbing, unfair system that entails being pay2win. I know I would poison them away from the cstore. Why would I do this? Why shouldn't I?
As far as Cryptic goes.....
Originally Posted by The.Grand.Nagus
Yeah...a new player wouldnt have any content issues until they hit max level, which would probably be after F2P and we'll probably be seeing the next FE series around that time.
But I would recommend that people wait until after F2P. That way they dont have to pay the monthly sub at all and if they dont enjoy the game then its no loss for them.
The experience for existing subscribers has definitely sucked these past months, theres no denying that. However I am very interested in hearing how people who start at F2P feel about what they are getting for free.
They should be pretty darn happy.
We subsidized their free game, they get all sorts of awesomeness that by the time they exhaust, new stuff should have finally filtered down one year after the last content hit.
We would have gotten what in that time? Doffs?
Look at what they 'pay' us to test their server.
Its garbage. Getting a L3 Doff is very very tough other than diplo. If we get the max doff awards all we get is 3 doffs.
And do we get leveled doffs for every time we complete a tier? no, max of three! Three!!!!!
The more I see what Cryptic gets out of us Tribblers, the more annoyed I become. We paid cryptic for the privlidge of testing their server. I've put time in tribble rather than the game. (I've spent an additional $90 in order to get tribble points and stress test the Doff system). Do they give us more tribble points? LAME! Of course not!
By the way, I've spent $70 on Doffs and have seen no appreciable reason to spend any money on doffs. I get no significant increase in anything when using no commons whatsoever, and while trying to always use rares or very rares. I think I wasted alot of money to test this system for them.
And what do we get? about $5.00 in items that they will most likely end up selling in the cstore. They already will sell DoFFs, so what do we gain? We repeat the same crap we've repeated for the last two years. They get money, time, and valuable data from people who pay to play their game.
What do we get?
Less than $5.00 in return.
At the LEAST, we outta be able to mail our regular toons all of the samples we've obtained at the end of the test. I'm not being a pig, just let me send my samples back to my main toon. I earned them, I outta be able to keep them. If they do that, I'll start testing tribble again.
This whole F2P transition is going to result in my having to take anger management.
Sure I can recommend it. Fun space combat, fun ground combat, solid (if buggy) MMO set in a world-famous IP. Its only real problems right now are it's kinda buggy in places and there's been a pretty huge content drought leading up to the F2P transition, but that last part won't even really matter to a new player for about a month (the assumed point at which they run out of content), assuming they don't roll alts or KDF to experience the different ways to play, which can extend that to upwards of three months, in my guesstimate.
The ridiculous portrayal of space combat via bridge viewscreen?
Also, beyond that, cinematics don't showcase features. We can sit on a burning bridge. If you expect visuals to be represented in a cinematic but don't care about features or systems, there's no disappointment.
I've had a great experience that definitely outweighs any disappointments. My brother actually started the beta before me but has since stopped playing. I'll suggest he tries it again after f2p, as he obviously enjoyed the game, but didn't feel like continuing to pay subscription right then. Any other players who have an interest should have a chance to try it themselves and not be dissuaded by a bitter player's personal vendetta against the game studio that 'wronged' them.
Most of the issues that have been bothering the long-time players these days really won't matter that much to incoming players. The content drought sucks for us, but it's no reason to get up in arms and try to actively warn people away in order to justify your own frustration. We have to respect that when we recommend a game, our friends might love or hate it based on things that mean nothing to us. Let them make that decision for themselves, but there's plenty of things that can be enjoyed in this game for it to be worth a try.
We've gone 8 months without content, 10 months when F2P finally hits. Unacceptable.
Everyone for Holodeck has been shelved in favor of F2P. Basically "lol Subscribers, thanks for paying to beta test for us!"
Shoddy business practices. Cryptic has consistently misled us and baited us to say on a subscribers. "Don't worry, we'll have a steady flow of content post Season 4!" loljk. Sure, cite the PW sale all you want, but that's not an acceptable excuse.
Straight up LIES when it comes to PvP. We've been told we're getting stuff "soon" for these past 2 years. Heck, basic PvP features were "in testing for deployment soon" back in July... of 2010. Have we seen anything of those? NOPE! (Chuck Testa)
Misleading articles on other sites (IGN) based on "news" from the D'Angelo. Leveling in 1 day? Nothing in the C-Store that changes balance? No Pay-2-Win? Wrong.
Not so stellar balance choices.
Bugs that have been in the game FOREVER. Example: 3 Aceton Field's stacked on you will, in fact, make your weapons HEAL your target.
Well known exploits being in the game for months, despite having numerous tickets submitted and forum threads. And anytime someone wants to talk about it, it ends up with infractions/bans.
Since March, we've paid for... what? Pay to win ships, utter fluff like Geklis, and the introduction of new bugs? Oh right, I forgot, sorry. An elaborate Beta test.
Deadlines are missed pretty much every time. Anytime they put out a date, 2-4 weeks to it. If not more. If it's a PvP related, just ignore it entirely. It won't come true anyways.
No. And I shouldn't have to explain it if you've been in this from the beginning.
Tired of being burned and I only occasionaly come back to check new content.
What was promised in the beginning has not materialized. Some has but the meat of it has not.
Simple as that.
It seems you can not recommend Cryptic, not necessarily the game.
I would never recommend Cryptic, there's no point to make such a recommendation unless you're recommending Cryptic to a potential investor that is looking to invest money in Cryptic or to someone looking to get into the game industry and is looking to get hired by a company like Cryptic.
That said though, Cryptic hasn't failed me yet, from CoH to CO to STO. I guess I just know exactly what to expect from them for better and worse.
Actually... their Featured Episodes in STO were a great surprise, I didn't think they could pull this off at all so perhaps I can recommend Cryptic after all.