To preface, I understand there are people who still like this game and that it’s not fun to read criticism of something you like, especially on the official forum. A lot of people complain on here but I think it’s not because they’re negative nancys but because this game just isn’t very good.
Don’t get me wrong- I loved the game at launch. I am a huge JP fan, played both of Ludia’s previous JP games and thought Alive was way better. I am extremely wary of f2p games because they tend to be more grifting scheme than actual game but Alive’s combat drew me in, so much so that I dropped a fair amount of cash on the game.
I barely play because the current season means I could drop by 500 trophies and then have to grind to get back to where I was before the next season launches.
As everyone has noted, spawns are way worse now.
I have 91 creatures waiting to be evolved. When you get to the Lv 21-22 range you have to drop massive amounts of coin to evolve. I don’t really want to spend any more money on this game and if I did it would be a few bucks here and there, but Ludia’s model clearly calls for me to drop a small fortune, as evidenced by their prices.
I keep hitting these points where I feel woefully underpowered because I don’t have a certain dino- at first it was the Indominus, then the Stegodeus and now Indoraptor. Every time I finally unlock said dino I feel more balanced at first… until I start facing lv 24-26 versions during the tourney for some reason.
And the Indoraptor… it just feels dumb and unsatisfying after so much grinding to get it. When I crush someone who doesn’t have one I don’t feel good. When mine is MIA and I get crushed I don’t feel good. When we both have indos it just seems like a random dice roll and is equally unsatisfying.
Overall that is my impression of the game now- it plays like a Vegas game except I pay real money but don’t win any. It’s 50% luck, 30% skill and 20% wealth.
And both here and on Reddit I see higher level players bemoaning the grind it takes to unlock the other uniques. What is my incentive to get to that point? It doesn’t sound fun and unlocking the indoraptor hasn’t done much for me. For the money Ludia you wants you to fork over you could buy dozens of richer console or PC games. Idk about you guys but I got a bunch of videogames for the holidays and I’m much more inclined to play those.
There is a balance you can hit with f2p where the model is profitable but players don’t feel like they’re being gouged. JW Alive is not in that sweet spot right now. Maybe Ludia will bring it back- if they do I might play again. But for now I’m much more interested in playing real games.