F2PMeter: Is Conquer Online Truly Free to Play?
We’re putting Conquer Online through its paces as it goes head to head with the F2PMeter. Perfectly calibrated by our scientific minds over at F2P.com, this test gives us a readout as to how free to play a game truly is as we ask it a bunch of question.
For this free to play MMORPG set in Ancient China that focuses on PVP, PVE, Questing and building up your gear, let’s see just how free to play it really is…
Does the game require an initial purchase?
Players can download and play the game without paying anything.
Does the game require any continued paid subscription?
'No' (but…) -5%
Players have the option of adding cash to their account to increase their VIP level, VIPs get access to extra features such as increased XP, VIP buildings, instant teleports, etc. in the game and depending on your VIP level it determines how many types and uses of these features a player gets access to.
Does the game require spending money on DLC packs or expansions?
Expansions for the game are free.
Does the game support micro-transactions? Can anything be purchased in-game using real world money?
Any cash added to an account to increase VIP level is converted into premium Conquer Points currency, which can be used to buy a variety of items and buffs from the Shopping Mall.
Do any of the micro-transactions give players any advantages?
Whilst there are cosmetic items such as garments and mounts, there are also a wide variety of items that give direct benefits to levelling up and upgrading weapons, gaining XP, stat buffs and more. The ease of which players are able to level up their characters and gear by paying shows a clear advantage.
Is the user interface customization restricted to paid options?
The game lacks and UI customization.
Does the game give access to all available Factions?
All races/classes can be access for free, with six primary classes and seven sub-classes to be released over time.
Does the game require have limitations to how the 'Auction House' /Market/Trade system is accessed?
'No' (but…) -5%
Players all have the ability to run their own shop/booth in the marketplace, here they can take over any unoccupied spot and sell their items to other players, as well as having the ability to pay to become a Merchant account so that no items or gear have protection by the games’ Forbidden Sale mechanic.
Are personal inventory and/or bank slots limited at all?
'No' (but…) -5%
Every player has access to warehouses to store the items, stationed in cities players must visit them to deposit silver or items; items can only be recovered from the warehouse they were deposited into, but silver can be added or withdrawn from any city warehouse. Players that have a VIP level 1 account (the lowest account) also get access to the Remote Warehouse to access their stored items at any time from any place.
Are all dungeons and zones accessible without purchases?
All areas are free to access in the game.
Does the game restrict high endgame content (PVE, Raids or PvP)?
There are no restrictions to any endgame or high level content.
Can the game be fully enjoyed without ever having to spend a ‘penny’?
Whilst the game offers the majority of the core features for free without restriction, anyone looking to be competitive in end game PVP is likely to come up against players who have bought their way to the top with VIP status and Shopping Mall purchases. Playing without paying is possible, but requires a far greater time commitment if players wish to stay truly competitive.
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