…contributed to keeping this game running.
I’m nowhere near that high of VIP tier (I’m a lowly 6) but whales are what keep this game alive, whether you like the concept or not.
I like a lot of the $2-5 Flash Offers but I won’t buy any of them myself. I’ve spent enough money on this game and any regular forum-goer knows I’ve become sufficiently jaded that there’d need to be some major player-oriented quality of life changes to even start getting me to consider spending money on this game in the future. I know I’m in the minority, and that’s fine.
The Death Knight armor, especially if purchased early (like others mentioned it, I looked at it largely as “buying a game”) is the only really good big-ticket item in the game - because it gives permanent bonuses.
The ring is a ripoff, in my opinion. What is essentially a $20 subscription for a free-to-play with half the bonus of buying a permanent upgrade (DK armor) makes me roll my eyes.
If I were spending money in GoW, what would I buy? Probably some of the $2-5 Flash Offers, and that’s about it. I’d also consider buying a permanent upgrade to the DK armor, if it was priced in line with the base model, but not the subscription crap.
The problem with this statement is that those prices existed waaaaaay before Flash Offers even existed. (Yes, you used to be able to play GoW without getting a silly number of pop-up ads!) The dev/publisher (not entirely sure who is responsible) has an obscenely inflated value of their product.
Even some of the current Flash Offers are asinine. $35 to fully upgrade a Mythic troop? For that price you should be able to both buy the troop directly AND fully upgrade it, and probably get some extra Gems/Keys on the side as a fluff.
Not to mention, there are over 40 Mythic troops. That means GoW considers it acceptable to charge you over $1400 if you want to upgrade them without spending hours, days, weeks, and months of your life grinding for resources. I’m not saying whether the grind is good or bad here - I grinded everything myself - but the accumulated cost is ludicrous.