theyarecomingforyou wrote on Nov 4, 2012, 13:36:
I'm not interested in F2P games. To enjoy them properly they end up costing a lot more than traditional games and the gameplay tends to revolve around grind rather than enjoyment. Age Of Empires Online was a classic example of that, with civilisations that amounted to hundreds of pounds if you bought them all. It's a disgusting business model but it's no surprise to see EA embrace it.
I don't know what you define as "properly", but I enjoyed Star Trek Online, Lord of the Rings Online, and a few others just fine...spending about 20 bucks a month total. In other words instead of paying 15 bucks a month for one game, I spent about 20 (if that, usually less) and played a few different ones depending on what I was game for. In addition to that there is Path of Exile which I still haven't paid a dime for and have enjoyed as much or more then every other game this year.
Age of Empires Online was an example of how not to run a F2P, but it is far from the definition of the business model. This C&C game doesn't look all that promising to me though, but it has nothing to do with the F2P concept. I try not to come into these with a negative attitude, but C&C hasn't been a fun franchise to me for some time and what I have read so far hardly makes me believe that is going to change.
That said...I only play any of them when my "que" is low, and right now isn't one of those times. Currently still paying XCOM and POE, and I have a crapload of other games still to catch up on. I mean...I still have LA Noire in my Steam "to play" list. Between the sales and the rash of good games lately...the biggest enemy to F2P games is that there have been plenty of good games worth paying for to take up my somewhat limited game time.