First off V2 is great, I have dumped a ton of hours into this game (215 to be exact) and I love it, however the rose colored glasses are starting to fade a bit and here is why.
Numerous fixes implemented in the patch did absolutely nothing, aggro and anti block attack spam on RO is still an issue, skittergate still wipes hosts talents, people still dying randomly, etc.
The loot system is absurd, regardless of all these people suggesting we play for fun not cosmetics ect, thats fine and dandy, I am playing for fun, I love the mechanical aspects of the game, the environment, the world and character building the obvious love that went into production however, im sitting here farming legend opening on average (25-30) boxes a day of various levels with my two friends. My buddy with 96 hours in running legend with us currently has 4 cosmetics and 7 usable reds he has equipped and has yet to see a repeat item. I’ve been fairly lucky seeing reds (post the 180 hour mark when I got my first one) I currently have 6, but 4 of them are duplicates that I can’t even use, and 1 is the Executioner’s sword which unless you block cancel every first attack it isn’t even usable, this is frustrating and leads to just help further toxic behavior. Allow me to explain!
With the bugs and issues associated with the game accidents or issues are bound to occur or just simple mistakes as we are all human, but say you are running a legend map and get lucky and find 2 dice, this is it, you might get that sweet emps chest for that 4% chance at a red, and someone dies and loses a grim, with friends its likely not the end of the world, but with how rare loot is and how rare emps boxes are i’ve seen full fledged hulk mode rage when someone makes a simple mistake. Its things like this that breed a group of people that get so concerned about a “meta” playstyle and insta kick people from champion who aren’t “perfectly” set up because its “a risk”.
Essentially the fact that half the talents and traits don’t even work, half the weapons have phantom swings, and half the classes because of this are sub par at best really exacerbates this toxic behavior along with the coupled aspect that the rewards in game are rare at best and people clearly want to maximize any chance at getting them even if it causes them to appear elitist or toxic to players who may be fantastically skilled at the game but “under geared” or “under leveled” or “playing the wrong class”
At this point in playtime in V1 I was decked out, I had what I wanted, I looked cool, I was geared (enough) and got to spend time helping people learn how to progress to higher difficulties, this was my favorite part of playing v1 and im just stuck in this endless farm for usable reds and cosmetics with no end in sight and every day I just run into more and more people who seem angry or distraught doing the same thing.
On a final note, I also think the collective reasons the game is frustrating listed above is going to encourage people to cheat or try to, one can only farm for so long before saying “to heck with this”