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I like the game however the Free 2 Play is very misleading. You need to "pay" (ingame cents) even to chat in the world chat channel. You run outta these, you cant talk in world chat anymore. So what to do??
Welllll, there is a convenient shop button there that takes you right to their store to buy some more speakers, or building/research speedups, or buffs, or just about anything you could possibly want/need to play the game and stay alive too. Minimum purchase is $30. They sometimes run "specials", $5 for 250!! Thats 50 game cents and some pretty lame items worth (supposedly and assuredly highly overpriced game cent wise) the additional 200 value.
Most of the buffs and such they do have in the game are only temporary also. You can buy a buff for farming, for example, but it lasts anywhere from 24 hrs up to 7 days (of course, the longer buff the more expensive in game cents) but thats it. So of course, they want you to keep buying!!! Nothing is permanent so it could end up to be a long term, never ending money pit if you are a hard core player. Thing is, many seem to be! LOL
With the cost of the minimum purchase for temporary stuff in game at $30 a pop, and most mmorpgs costing around $15 for the entire month, some even less, it is an outrageously expensive Free 2 Play game. I could probably change my mind if in fact some of the things you get or buy are actually permanent things that would help you possibly have an edge over some other players, but alas, that is not the case.
Its a cash-cow game that has extremely amateurish servers capacities. Plus, unless you have a super duper newer computer, the CPU usage playng the game goes off the charts! I have tried playing on both my older computer as well as my newer superduper puter and both dont like the massive usage this game does.
To play without buying anything, sure you can do it, but its not advised by the end of the long and time-sinking end, you will lose out against the suckers that in fact, DID spend real money to play this amateur game.