I’ve never paid for it, but I do think people who subscribe have a much better experience, perspective, and opinion of Crossout than those who don’t. They are more sheltered from the depth of the grind when they subscribe, and resources for crafting are probably never an issue, and neither is having a little spare coin for amusing and seasonal in-game bobbles. They play for fun more often than out of pressure, I think.
These are also likely the same people who don’t understand the various complaints about Crossout being grindy, or feeling rigged. They simply aren’t having the same game experience. Also, they may not play as often or as intensely as people on the free-to-play model. If you are a free-to-player, you have to push and hustle a lot, and are liable to spend more hours playing the game and grinding things out than the subscription owner feels compelled to. That can be stressful and frustrating if you have to contend with some of the ridiculous seasonal features and updates this game presents from time to time. Subscribers have less pressure to involve themselves with brawls that suck, for example, while the Free2Player is sort of obligated out of poverty to at least try, if the rewards are significant.
That’s my overall impression of the value of a Yearly Subscription. In short; I think it’s a good deal at the price they are presently asking.
I tend to go for the Battle Passes, rather than subscriptions, but I’m reconsidering my logic for that presently.
The Battle Pass stuff either sucks or gets nerfed to worthlessness after the party is over, often. Also, the things they offer aren’t things I personally want in the first place, simply because IDGAF about top shelf guns and modules, or Stabilizers, but that’s just me.
The last thing I want is to play this game at PS 15K. IMO, everything that sucks about this game is magnified by the power-score, but again, that’s simply my opinion according to my taste. Battle pass gear tends to be tailored towards the upper end of this game’s performance, and to facilitate player progress towards that higher PS bracket. That’s not for me.
And, I think the things I do actually like from the Battle Passes could be bought off the market easily, if I had access to the benefits and rewards earned from a regular paid subscription (grind-free). I wouldn’t feel as compelled to grind through events like Battle Passes or brawls, that may or may not suck for whatever reason (bad updates, OP weapons, stupid brawl formats, etc.), just to acquire the latest goodies. If it’s fun, you can play it. If it’s not, you can monkey around and brush it off, and just buy whatever new bobble that turns your crank off the market.
That’s the only thing holding me back too. I’m struggling to be interested in this game. I know I used to like it a lot, but I’ve not been able to find my groove lately. My mojo died. I’m not even taking advantage of the free 3-day subscription they handed out recently. It feels like a chore when I try too.