I'm not "defending" anything, I'm just trying to parse the hyperbolic vitriol.
It's quite simple, as I've said, and I'm sure I'll say again, possibly in this very thread:
Convenience shortcuts does not equal pay-to-win. DICE have done convenience shortcuts with BF1, BF3, and BF4. No one so much as batted an eyelash, let alone went full "Chicken Little" on this.
The only difference is the random chance of a loot box, which as I clearly said above, can be traced back to the roots of modern gaming with rolling the dice in Dungeons and Dragons. This is hardly a new mechanic, and this is the only variable that changes from BF1, BF3, BF4 and SWBF2.
If the convenience shortcut I can pay real money for gets me the EXACT SAME shit with the EXACT SAME CHANCE to get good shit as just playing the game normally, then there is no scandal. This is no different than a paid XP boost, you just get loot boxes faster. You can still just play the game, and no one will get access to overpowered weaponry or items that are ONLY available to people who pay real money. They can just throw money at it to get them sooner. This is the dictionary definition of a convenience shortcut.
There ARE games that follow the actual pay-to-win formula... giving weapons and items that are BETTER than anything that can be obtained normally by playing the game. SWBF2 isn't one of these games.
1) people are mad at loot drop random chance mechanics. Welcome to gaming for the last 40 years.
2) people are mad at pay-to-win. It's not pay-to-win, it's a convenience shortcut, same as many games have and no one ever cared.
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