So, I have played the game a long time and I have also gone long spells without playing, but I keep coming back. So let me add a slightly different perspective so a lot of posts that I see. I am not a current VIP member, so I can’t really give an impression on if it is worth the money or not. So, as a free to play player here are some of my observations:
1). Overall I would say this game has a leg up on a lot of games. Your progress is saved and can’t be taken away. I have played many other games where I have invested hundreds and hundreds of hours (and sometimes money) to become a bigger player in the game and have 80% of my progress get wiped out by a coordinated attack while I was logged off. For the most part, that is not a concern in this game.
2). Every game has a currency. As a current free player, I feel that it is easier to accumulate Dino bucks in this game compared to other games. I know in the past it was even easier, but just looking at how it is today…I think the game is competitive to other games in giving their currency to free players. Like every game being smart on how you use that currency goes a long way.
- I see a lot of people complain about the mods and saying they are a Dino buck grab. Like everything if you want to pay, you should have an advantage over those that don’t…that is why you pay. I see the mods as a way to make some events more interesting. A mod event/battle definitely has more nuances then a standard battle and I feel gives the player more options for variety while keeping the essence similar. As a free player I can get quite a few mods every day just with my coins.
4). Balance - compared to other games, I feel this is one of the best games that balances free to play vs. spenders dynamics. In some games you literally can’t compete without spending dollars. As a free player, I occasionally get trounced by a player with a bunch of better mods… it by and large there is competitive balance in tournaments compared to other games.
To be transparent I was a vip member for 3 or 4 months when vip first came out. I would say that the vip membership now if way better than it was at first. I am thinking about starting my vip membership again.
But overall I think this game is special compared to other games. Can there be improvements? Absolutely. Do some of the changes make you mad? Of course they do, change is always hard. I recently stopped playing another game where a recent game upgrade, changed the dynamics so much it basically undid about 3 months of a specific strategy I had…so I once again came back here to a game that has always made me happy. Just wanted to put out here a more positive topic for people to think about…