F2PMeter: Is Supremacy 1914 Truly Free to Play?
The next game facing our F2PMeter is Supremacy 1914, a free to play browser-based strategy MMO in which players control a real world nation at the early days of the events leading to WW1, albeit this time they can reshape those events and history itself. Working alongside and against other players they’ll experience conflict, trade, espionage and diplomacy as they try to rise up to the top and hold dominion over the world.
So, starting at 100% free, let’s ask a bunch of question and deduct some points as we go to find out how free Supremacy 1914 actually is!
Does the game require an initial purchase?
The game is provided for free without the need of any payment.
Does the game require any continued paid subscription?
'No (but...)' takes away 10%
There are optional premium membership that can be paid for on subscription, but they are not requirements to play the free to play version. The paid “High Command” membership provides players with a number of benefits such as the ability to queue build constructions, rally troops, access to free gold rounds and a variety of other perks.
Does the game require spending money on DLC packs or expansions?
The game’s core content and subsequent expansions are provided free of charge.
Does the game support micro-transactions? Can anything be purchased in-game using real world money?
'Yes' takes away 5%
Goldmarks can be purchased with real money as a premium currency. With it, players can buy various functions to help advanced their nation, though the benefits only last the length of a single match and are lost afterwards. Players have the chance to earn Goldmarks for free by watching out of game videos, advertisements and performing surveys.
Do any of the micro-transactions give players an advantages?
'Yes (but...)' takes away 10%
With Gold there are various actions that can be taken to purchase units, spies, vehicles, buildings, resources and more, all of which typically take hours and sometimes days of gameplay to acquire. Players that wish to “pay to win” definitely give themselves a strong chance by dropping cash on gold, however it does cost a lot of money to pay your way to the top. There are optional “No Gold Spending” games available to add more fair gameplay.
Is the user interface customization restricted to paid options?
Neither paying nor free accounts can customize their UI.
Does the game give access to all available classes and/or races?
Race/classes are not applicable to this game. Each players starts as a randomly assigned leader of a nation, each having specific provinces and resources that belong to them; within the community there are nations that are considered strong/weak starting nations and some are considered more difficult to play than other nations.
Does the game require have limitations to how the 'Auction House' /Market/Trade system is accessed?
The Stock Exchange and player to player trading are not limited.
Are personal inventory and/or bank slots limited at all?
There are no benefits to inventory if you are a premium player.
Are all dungeons and zones accessible without purchases?
Free and premium accounts can all visit the same areas.
Does the game restrict high endgame content (PVE, Raids or PvP)?
'No (but...)' takes away 10%
Players can choose to join/start their own “Gold Round” which costs each player 5000 Goldmarks to join; here players can play under different rules with some more advanced options such as having Elite AI, Team Mode, Victory Conditions and many more features. Those players who have purchased the “High Command” premium membership have access to the mode for free.
Can the game be fully enjoyed without ever having to spend a ‘penny’?
'Yes (but...)' adds 10%
The slow duration of advancement in game means Goldmarks do provide a massive advantage, at least on a smaller scale where being next to an aggressive player who spends lots of Goldmarks will ultimately probably see you knocked out of the game. It doesn’t guarantee victory in a match, as multiple players ganging up on a Goldmark spending player can still dominate them; however Gold buying in the game has now become almost second nature to most competitive players.