I have read multiple negative posts about P2W, class imbalance, bots, the list goes on but I personally feel that the biggest issue with this game long term is stated in the title. Literally 90% of tier 3 endgame character progression time is spent doing unskippable non scaling faceroll content and it is going to wear on people more and more as time goes by. I mean just look at your daily/weekly “checklist” assuming you are someone that takes the game seriously.
Una dailies: Sail or triport 3 times a day completing mundane trivial tasks
Rapport: Sail or triport to npcs and emote to them or give them gifts…
Chaos dungeons: Basically a Diablo 3 rift that is multiple tiers below what you are capable of even at minimum ilevel
Boss Rush: Simple even at min ilevels, I have never come close to wiping solo or in a group
Cube: Ridiculously easy 95% of the time, bomb level cluster %@^&s are usually the only thing that can come close to ending your run
World boss: Faceroll zerg
Chaos Gate: Faceroll zerg
Guardian Raid: Interesting on first couple attempts but after learning the patterns they mostly feel fairly trivial especially on further playthroughs. This is assuming you are an average player and don’t fluke into groups of shitters repeatedly. Notable exceptions are the Lions and Alberhastic which ironically most people skip and Velganos.
Adventure Island, sailing co-op, stronghold, capping daily tradeskills, zone completion, Mokoko seeds… - Nuff said
Now I absolutely adore the combat in Lost Ark but I am literally only able to truly enjoy it while doing weekly Abyss dungeons and soon Legion raids or if I feel like pvping. All of these other activities are basically mandatory or highly recommended often on multiple characters to keep up with the Jonses. They take up the vast majority of playtime all while being mostly easy to the point that I don’t even really have to “play” my character or pay attention to what I am doing.
Imagine playing Diablo 3 or Path of Exile except you are only able to queue high level greater rifts or do high level maps for 2 hours a week. Other than that all other content is for some reason capped at levels far below what you are capable of doing as a character. This is IMO how it feels to play Lost Ark.