PSO2 has one of the most aggressive monetization programs I think I've ever seen in a game. Free to play? yes, but actually no. PSO2 will punish you at every chance it can if you aren't spending money. You really are getting the absolute very bare minimum if you are going Free to play. Sadly for Japanese culture this is normal. The JP gaming culture has evolved to thrive on on gambling (Gacha, loot boxes, or in this case, scratch cards) mechanics and game developers have learned that their end goal isn't to make a game fun for its players, its to make the game frustrating so you will lose your patience and pay for a solution. Its pretty diabolic if you think about it. Make a game that looks fun, purposely create a frustrating situation and then sell the solution to that situation to the players at a high price, thus maximizing profit and minimizing actual game development standards.
Unfortunately this is what it means to be a part of this gaming generation, its sad to see gaming go down his route, drowned by unending greed, but its what it is.
Anyway back on topic, at this rate, with how severally and aggressively monetized PSO2 is, I'd rather just see a subscription policy put in place and the massive paywall removed as a result.
But lets face it, that's wishful thinking at this point.
I read this and I can't tell if you're trying to state an opinion or a fact, but that's just your opinion. There are like only 2 JP MMO's that have English PC releases. FF14 and PSO2. Blue Protocol is around the corner possibly.
I dunno where you're getting this whole "JP gaming culture" idea from trying to mooch out players. PSO2 was never planned to be released in the NA anyways and it took them 8 years. Super greed really? They really didn't even care to release it to NA.
It's pretty standard for ANY gaming company regardless of their country of origin to sell you a game with added DLC content that isn't free or pack their cash shops full of crap you may eventually buy. It's called a business. Companies need a way to make money regardless if you agree with it or not.