With 1118 hours of VT1 and 706 hours and counting I can safely claim I love this game. But the rewards for end game play in VT2 are if I’m, being honest feels horrible for the effort to me.
Don’t get me wrong I’m still doing Legend Runs, and I very much enjoy the challenge. But to me it feels like the challenge and the cool cosmetics are all I’m playing for at this point.
I still have a awful lot of red weapons to collect it’s taken 100s of champ and ledge runs to get my elf so that 80% of her Eqipment is Red. And yet I still don’t have either of my two fav weapons ( Sword and Dagger or duel daggers ). In the last few days I have opened at least 13-15 vaults Grinding out the Waystalkers and Handmadiens tier 3 armor and working on their helmets. I think I found 1 maybe two red items and one was my 5th or 6th red crossbow the other a 4 charm. It’s frustrating and disheartening to finish a 4 hour session and have zero character porgession.
It seems like anynumber of solutions could help this, red dust to craft specific items with as opt in reward you can pick when opening any vault or Emp chest in place of items ( pick random items or dust as the reward before the loot box is opened. And harvested by salvaging red items you don’t want.
A hard cap of two or three successful legend runs before the game gives you a single red item as a reward.
Have exp and gen vaults only have 1 item in it but it’s always going to be a red item ( and it would be amazing if it didn’t give you duplicates of reds weapons you already own when possible) maybe this one is going to far but I’m sure it could be something like this with out making it to easy to collect reds.
Even something like more transparency on the odds of getting red weapons might help. If I’m just having bad luck right now and the drop rate avg is higher than what it seems for me right now. It could help a lot for players to see that.
I’m getting power level 295 items out loot boxes for the hardest setting I can play the game on ? Finishing levels with all the books ? Please make this stop.
VT1 crafting system seemed far better at giving players consistent forward progress even if it wasn’t necessarily fast progress. After the shrine was added it was so much more rewarding to play nightmare and Cata because after every run you could try to infuse your weapons for better stats on abilities you want to have.
It’s super, super annoying to throw 50-100 shard ( including both blue and green shards ) and have a very legitimate chance of ending up with a inferior weapon. This didn’t happen with the shrine, absolute worsts case was it’s going be as good as it was before you started if already had pretty good rolls on a property, but most likely it’s going to be noticeably better than when you started.
The other aspect is the silliness of getting the same rewards for maps that are by default going to be harder than others. Hunger in the dark as a example, nothing good ever happens in the darkness escorting the cart. It’s always a scary few mins in that darkness on legend runs. The two new DLC maps, super cool maps, lots of ground to cover though, long runs means more combat and a greater risk of failure and greater commitment of time by the party for literally the same reward I’ll get from any other map.
And while I do get that lords drop loot dice, it really doesn’t seem to matter since its improving my odds of getting something useful by a very marginal factor. I have zero sense of excitement or anticipation when opening a Vault, gens chest or emp chest, theirs zero expectation of finding something useful. And when I do finally find something useful after 20-30 hours of end game gameplay, I’m not like “ oh cool a new weapon” I feel more like “about d*** time !)
In closing, I. Not hating on your game guys/gals it’s a super fun game to me, as evidenced by the amount of time I spend playing. But the end game rewards suck ( I’m sorry to be so blunt ) and I mean it’s only a matter of time before most players reach the end game in a loot grinder. Maybe none of my ideas are viable for where you want to take the game. But please at least consider what I’m saying and address the end game rewards.