Then they released a very limited cash shop with semingly harmless items and xp boosts. After people bought those up, they released stronger versions of said items which of course, made lots of people mad for wasting time and money on the nyerkty versions. Then they released even stronger stuff of the same flavor plus new items. In order to pretend the game wasnt pay to win, they made these safe enchant items for weapons "limited time only". Which of course, is bullnyerk. Because lineage 2 is no spring chicken, all the rich people who have cheated for years went ahead and bought their 5 grand worth of safe enchant scrolls and got the best gear in the game over night. Then when the limited time items were removed, ncsoft replaced them with safe enchant items for armor, and so on. They will undoubtably do the same nyerking thing for aion. So all of you wondering where the suppliments are, they are coming in a few months. They will be part of special packages and limited time holiday offers or some other wordy bullnyerk.
The purpose of a cash shop isn't to sell convience or power, it's to make ncsoft money. So ncsoft will slowly roll out bigger and better items as time goes on, under the impression that the people who buy something once, will buy something again. These tahabata weapons are how they are going to get most of you on board with the cash shop thing. After all, you'd be really foolish to pass up a tahbahata weapon for 45 bucks. I played aion for 2 years and never got that nyerking thing to drop and Im sure most of you have had the same experience.
So yes, this nyerk is pay 2 win, and it will get worse. The latest lineage item was a limited time powershirt (10 dollars) which you could enchant (cost more real life money), which gave extra bonuses per enchantment including temporary invulability. These bonuses outshined any other single piece of gear in the game and it was a requirement to buy these shirts if you even wanted to pretend to remain relevant in the pvp scene.
I certainly will be coming back to aion for f2p and milking this game for all its worth as a nonpaying member of the community, but those of you expecting to remain ontop in pvp or pve while not dropping 20+ a month or more per account are going to be sorely mistaken. Lineage 2 went from 15$ a month with 1 hour of 50% bonus exp and 4 hours of boosted exp a week to 0 hours of 50% bonus exp and 0 hours of boosted exp week for free. If you wanted to buy that boosted exp back it cost 15 dollars a week. If you wanted to buy the boosted exp it cost even more. Right now, the f2p lineage 2 costs 60 dollars a month, minimum, per character per account to exp at the same rate you could at p2p. AND THATS JUST TO BUY BACK WHAT YOU LOST FROM THE 15 DOLLAR A MONTH TRANSITION TO "FREE TO PLAY". That doesn't count the thousands of dollars players have spent on OTHER things. So keep that in mind. Ncsoft doesnt care about you, it's game, or it's community. Ncwest is whoring itself out in lineage 2, and dont be surprised when they start whoring out aion. After all, there is absolutely nothing you can do to stop them. What are you gonna do about it, quit? HA.
You have described MMO hell in detail. Soon all games will be like this... our p2p islands are getting smaller every day.