F2PMeter: Is Star Conflict Truly Free to Play?
Star Conflict is a fast paced action space shooter that lets players fight in the future for resources and territory in huge battle between corporations as budding pilots hire out their services and their ships to fight against rival groups and intervening alien factions. The game focuses on PVP, PVE and open sandbox elements with ship customization and elements of crafting; the game is free to play, so giving them the benefit of the doubt we’ll start out at 100% free, but after putting it through the F2P Meter test we’ll deduct points along the way to see truly how free the game is.
Does the game require an initial purchase?
Star Conflict is completely free to download from the games website.
Does the game require have any continued paid subscription?
Currently there is no subscription option available.
Does the game require spending money on DLC packs or expansions?
'Yes (but…) -5%'
Players can purchase a number of different DLC bundles through the official website or through steam, these give players a variety of perks and benefits but primarily focus on providing Premium Ships, however there is no added game content that is otherwise unavailable to free players.
Does the game support micro-transactions? Can anything be purchased in-game using real world money?
'Yes' takes away 5%
Players are able to spend real cash buying Galactic Standards, the games’ premium currency used to buy a variety of perks, upgrades and the Premium Ships, which themselves don’t offer too great an advantage in terms of stats when compared to non-Premium ships.
Do any of the micro-transactions give players an advantages?
'Yes (but…) -5%'
The main advantages with the bundles is improved storage and warehouse space, but mostly with the fact that to unlock non-Premium Ships players must build up synergy before they can buy them with in game credits. Any Premium ship purchased with Galactic Standards already comes with full synergy and can be played straight away, so players can quite easily jump into some of the more improved ships to gain an initial leg up. Whilst these purchases are definitely more convenient, Galactic Standards can also be purchased to upgrade and acquire new Equipment, which in turn can offer more of an advantage.
Is the user interface customization restricted to paid options?
The player UI cannot be customized.
Does the game give access to all available ships?
All ships are restricted and players must build up synergy to unlock them, however Premium Ships can only be unlocked by spending Galactic Standards.
Does the game require have limitations to how the 'Auction House' /Market/Trade system is accessed?
There is no player to player trading in the game.
Are personal inventory and/or bank slots limited at all?
Players are limited by both ship cargo, which Premium ships have an increased cargo hold, and also Warehouses to store weapons and modules, these warehouses are typically increased or maxed out with the DLC bundles available.
Are all dungeons and zones accessible without purchases?
Players are able to access every area in the game for free.
Does the game restrict high endgame content (PVE, Raids or PvP)?
There are no limitations on the main game modes ―neither PVP, PVE nor Corporation Battles― to free to play accounts.
Can the game be fully enjoyed without ever having to spend a ‘penny’?
'Yes' adds 10%
Although there are certain advantages to paying money, giving an early “lead”, the reality is that the lead isn’t that important and it just allows players to access some content more quickly. Aside from that the game is still enjoyable without spending any money.
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