It’s the best value! You’d be throwing money away if you buy the cheaper options. Ugh.
I’m really loving Apex but man the loot boxes are so disappointing. Even putting aside the messier aspects it’s just not a system I feel good about engaging in. I’m not going to spend money on something without knowing what it is. Of the ~10 packs I opened for free I got 2 character skins I liked (one was common so I just crafted it for everyone else) and some weapon skins that were neat, I guess. If I had spent the ten bucks to buy those packs I would feel like that money was totally wasted.
As someone who used to be firmly in the “If it’s only cosmetics it’s fine.” camp, we know too much about how loot boxes affect people to just assume everything will turn out okay. We know that people won’t only buy what they can afford or that only the rich will be whales, not when there’s that gambling itch that maybe you’ll get something rare this time. The part that feels the most exploitative to me is that the cosmetics have rarities at all when, other than legendary stuff that has some extra flair, it’s all the same.
I’m really not trying to complain or rain on anybody’s parade or anything, I just want this thing I like to be better in a way that’s less harmful to others.
Have a store where you can buy the cosmetics you want, it can be that simple.
I’ve spent a decent amount in Warframe because it is that simple. Everyone knows what they’re getting, the price conversion is clear, and there’s no pressure into buying more than I want. It does do the “best value / spend more for a bonus” thing but when the items cost a fixed amount it feels less shady to me. If the things you want cost x amount of premium currency then you can just see what the dollar value is.