Originally posted by CaptAntillus
I must disagree with one things Coffee Girl said: VCO is the best MMO I ever played. By far. The game itself, I mean. However, it was developed by a crappy company, Snail, and was published by an equally crappy company, IGG.
The rest is the absolute truth. If you want to be anything but cannonfodder in PvP you need to spend a ton of cash. Not to be the best. If you spend U$ 2000 you won´t be among the best. Because they have spent a lot more. The ERA OF CONQUEST patch was developed exactly to enhance even more your cash shop needs. Even PvE requires IM refiners, or you won´t be able to do any instances, but the low level ones. You need to use jewels, which loose durability with supersonic speed, especially in instances. And to repair them, you need IM repairs. IGG nerfed your ways to make money in game(trading should be an excellent way, but is not). A good Merchant task gives you, in average, like 4 million silvers. It may take hours to get completed. If you have a level 12 ship with supershield, and you get sunk in a siege war, you´ll need 2,5 million to repair Ship + Shield(unless, of course, you want to repair them yourself, with your shipbuilding skill. Which has a cap of 120 repair per second. Considering your ship has 140000 dura and your shield 300000, you will take an hour to get them repaired. And you get sunk a lot, because heavy IM users can sink your 140k dura ship in one hit.
If you want to seriously collect materials, you need IM passports. Because the sources in game exhaust in like 5 minutes. and you have to wait more than an hour to get them refreshed.
Truth is, if VCO were not such an amazing game, it would have closed already, ages ago, because it´s the biggest moneysink in the history of MMO. And everyone knows that. Just can´t stop playing because it´s so good.
This is nothing compared to Conquer Online, lol