I totally agree with you…although I would say that it is more than dog shit…an elephant that is bigger…the fact that other games will have it the same or more difficult does not have to be in all games, they are shitty systems…if not they make games for elitists or perfectionists and not open to everyone in general.
I don’t even understand why people bother going to T2 or T3 when there isn’t any new content to access. Still the same things: Chaos Dungeons, Abyssals, Guardians, etc. Literally the same icons on the map that you interact with. It’s not like there is a new “thing” at T3. Just scaled up versions of the same things that exist at T1.
The only difference is new Dance-Dance-Revolution patterns to learn. It’s not like you get new skills on your skillbar or anything, you beat them the same way - learn the pattern to avoid death, use skills to kill it. Why torture yourself with the Honing system just to do the same thing as at T1?
Coming from years of Black Desert Online what has a similar system I can see if your not familiar with the daily or bi-daily rng gear progression it can feel sucky but man after years of BDO, lost arks honing feels pretty good. atleast my gear doesn’t downgrade, or get destroyed when i fail. Personally I enjoy being able to get my gear up incrementally and not tied to say a weekly raid lockout or something but I get it its definably not a system everyone is going to like.