Here’s an odd question from a Massively OP reader: What’s the best pay-to-win MMO on the market?
I know pay to win is a dirty, dirty slander in the MMO community. However, as I’ve gotten older and real life concerns like owning a home, holding down a 50-hour-a-week, mentally taxing job, and maintaining a marriage take a lot out of me. I don’t have the time or energy anymore to min/max my gear, grind up levels, and devise clever boss strategies for raids. I want to come home, give a developer a portion of my disposable income, and instantly be allowed to kick ass and/or obtain the best pixels. So what are my options?
To me, the interesting question here isn’t how to define pay-to-win but how to define best. I mean, people were trading Ultima Online and EverQuest accounts back in ’90s, and that was technically pay-to-win — you could buy fully built characters, castles, the works, all from other players. And yet it never seemed to truly wreck the game for everyone else the way cash shop-based P2W games seem to be ruined. Clearly, it can be done. So what do you think? What’s the best pay-to-win MMO on the market for someone who doesn’t recoil in horror at the thought of P2W?