The new update should be pretty sweet. You essentially can choose to declare a faction, and then there's open pvp against your enemies without the criminal penalties.
I took a break for a month and picked it back up this past week. There's a lot of improvement in the "world" events. For instance, there's a weird collection war. A senator (who will be one of the major faction leaders in the upcoming free expansion) wants to collect his debt from a system and they won't pay. So...he called out for mercenaries to fight for him. You go sign up at a certain station, then go to the combat zones. I've never seen so many commanders in one place before.
It's a bit over the top...there's about 15 commanders all murdering every npc. Eventually, someone misfires and becomes hostile to everyone. This game is surprisingly friendly, everyone lets the guy warp out and back in...anyone shooting at someone who stows their weapons to escape is berated by everyone.
It's annoying to get kills because the "kill shot" is what gets you the credit. Hard to be a vulture with two guns versus a python or anaconda with eight fucking guns. The solution? You can go solo and do the same quests without interference. That's why the whole "offline" thing was kaput. Makes total sense now. I'd argue that borks the balance a bit, but...the community is so divided between wanting the solo and open option, I don't see any other way to solve it.
Anyway, it's fun. You get vouchers for your kills, turn them in and look at your status. You get a reward for the tier you're in. Top 100%, 70%, 40%, 15%, 5%, and top commander overall. You get anywhere from $1 million + bonus to $6 mill + bonus for top 5%. Overall commander gets $10 mill + bonus, which is ridiculous, since the leader so far has made over 1 billion credits. Not sure what the bonus will be. The events last about 6 days, and there tend to be 2-3 going on in concert.
The game needs more content, but I feel they are starting to address the issues with their already sound base game.
You can make about $500k every 15 minutes. Probably less in open unless you go in off hours. Unfortunately, the event kills do not count towards your combat rating, which is dumb. I think I'd have gained two ranks by now...
This comment was edited on Apr 25, 2015, 00:31.