First off, I want to say that I do not mean this post to be a complaint thread or critical of the game. We play every game for a finite amount of time, or at least there is a point in which we stop playing a game as religiously as we once did. This is simply my take on the state of the game now and the direction my interest is going.
First off, I am not a cash player. But I do play my 6 free sorties per day plus a few more throughout the week. I have about 90 stocked sorties and do have a marathon day every few months where I burn through 40 or 50 sorties. I have been playing this way fairly consistently since last July.
For me, the game is very nearly at it's end. I've gotten an ADF-01, a Wyvern, and a FB22 to lvl 10, I've opened up all of the parts I feel like I need, and gotten all of the special weapons I use to lvl 5. The problem is, everything else that is "better" than what I have feels unattainable. The superplanes are just too expensive to buy, and even if I did save up to buy one, the upgrade costs are so much that getting one of them to a point where they are better than what I'm using is not realistic. All of the good tournament prize planes are top 200 which is not realistic for a free player, and even if I got one (the superplane prizes, obviously) it's right back to the problem where they are too expensive to upgrade anyway. Even taking a lower cost plane to lvl 15 or beyond is so cost prohibitive that it's not worth my time.
The point I am getting at is that I just feel like I've reached a point where I've accomplished everything I can accomplish and that's that. It's kinda like beating a single player game but not getting all accomplishments to 100%. Yes, there is stuff I could do, but it's just to do it. I'm not really progressing through the game anymore. And so maybe it's done.
So what's your take? Are you in the same boat as me?
Or are you motivated to play for those very expensive planes and top 200 prizes?
Or are you so content with playing with what you have and maybe building up your lower level planes that there is no end in sight for you?
And if you're still highly motivated to play more, what WOULD it take for you to say, "ok, I'm done"?