Wow. So much false information in this thread. You guys made me find my password to bluesnews and type this on my phone just to refute it. Those of you claiming it's pay to win are really bent on pushing an agenda. You can get every mech in the game with in game currency (you get this for playing matches) after a few month exclusive period. If you think it's pay to win you either a) angry with PGI and have an agenda or b) unclear of what pay to win means and therefore unwilling to understand that you can pretty easily grind out the cbills to buy that "pay to win" mech.
I've played around 4000 matches so I know a little bit about the game. To date I've spent about 40 dollars in game and I own around 60 mechs. Most of the money I spent on mech bays, which is basically a slot you need to hold additional mechs if you want more than the 4 free bays. These days there are ways to earn more free bays, but when I started the only option was to buy them. They are about $1.50 a piece. If you like the game you'll want some because a large part of the fun is playing with all the different mechs. The game is fun, and at times insanely so, but it can also be frustrating and it's grindy like all "free to play" games. I haven't played wot, but the general consensus is that it's significantly less grindy. Personally I think mwo mashed bad decisions about the grind and economy, but that's neither here nor there. It's very progressable, especially if you take advantage of the weekly events and or are willing to pay a little for "premium" time. (I never have, but on occasion you get a few days for free as rewards from events)
Some more reality in short form:
Is there a grind? Yes. I hate the grind. But you will progress.
Is it pay to win? No. Not even close. Anyone saying it is is being disingenuous.
Is it fun? Very much so if it's your style. The mechanics are not bad, and if you have some friend to play with it can be really intense. It's far from perfect, and yet I've spent hundreds of hours playing. However, it's not everyone's cup of tea. And for the record, I'm not historically a Mechwarrior out battle tech fan. I do like stompy robots though.
Is it getting better? Yes. The team is small and they change priorities, forget to finish things they were working on, make bad design decisions, etc. But in the end, the game continues to improve. Are there things that were better in beta? Yes, depending on who you talk to, but at the end of the day it's still fun, and for the most part the updates eventually improve things.
Is there an inordinate amount of hate spewn about the game? Yes, but I get both sides. Mwo is one of my most played games the last five years, but I also want to scream at the devs sometimes as they make some really boneheaded decisions from time to time. It's history is laden with mistakes and because of this there is a lot of bad blood and hurt feelings, but again, at the end of the day it's a fun game and there isn't really anything else that is all that like it.
Could it be so much better? Ugh. Don't get me started. Yes yes yes. But it's still fun.
Should you try it? Do you like giant robots? Do you like team deathmatch? Do you like your fps to be a little less insta gib than most current offerings? Then yes, you probably should. Try to find someone to teach you the ropes. There's a metric ton to learn, and the new player experience is atrocious. The tutorials are abysmal and mostly non existent. This is a development point they "plan" to fix. Until that day there remain tons of undocumented features and little things that skilled players will know and you won't until you delve deeply into the game. On the flip side, the game rewards players who learn the deeper mechanics.
Feel free to friend me in game. My pilot name is Monk. I'm not playing a lot right now though because of the Witcher 3.
But I'm sure I'll be back soon.
edit: Tried to make my post less angsty. Sorry, I hate people unfairly bashing on MWO. It's got it's own valid reasons to be bashed, so let's try not to add to them with falsities. =)This comment was edited on Jul 7, 2015, 15:51.