I hate the cost of premium more than those shortcut bundles, a lot of guns and play modes are locked until you fork $40. Even without premium, good guns and the right attachments take a long time to grind. And of course until you obtain those you are at a disadvantage. --- Attack Jet - Division 1 (World) | Fighter Jet - Division 1 (World) Fighter Jet - Division 1 (Toronto), Rank #5
^Attachments are about the only grind, but ultimately if you're impatient on stuff like that, you can get most of the country-specific attachments for a gun inside a couple hours by jumping into a TDM server and going nuts. For the most part, the other attachments are just vanity items that serve the same functionality.
There are a few exceptions, yes; Like modified chokes for shotguns, tactical lights, flash hiders and similar...But again, largely vanity items.
"Good guns" is a load of bull. Most the guns in Battlefield are just direct side-grades with marginally different stats.
Honestly? IMO, at least: -You get a couple of the "best" ARs in the game within 2-4 unlocks. -First carbine is one of the best, second one is absolutely devastating. -First 2-3 shotguns are really some of the better ones to use. Or at least close side-grades -The LMG you get by beating the campaign is a easy to use death cannon. -PDWs...Well, that's one case I'll say that the ones in the DLCs *do* just feel better. Not sure I am happy about that....but PDWs are kinda meh to begin with. -First and second (unlocked) DMRs are beasts. -First sniper rifle is solid for aggressive play, 5th for style, and the last if you're a b**** and can't compensate for drop, when you're sitting two miles from the battlefield. -First pistol is one of the most used and easily holds it's own. First 3 unlocks are sidegrades, third is a shotty, foruth is meh, 5th and 6th are solid and/or upgrades....etc. -Grenades; Currently the first is a great, well-balanced version. Second is so-so, and third is blatantly overpowered and soon to be nerfed. So meh.
I mean...Really...I've gotten 100+ kills with over 100 different weapons in BF4 now. I'd sooner argue that some of the later guns you unlock are garbage, not worth using, or just all-round mediocre than I would argue they're "Pay to win" or superior unlocks. Hell, when I get tired of the chore of using the later, hard to use weapons...I find myself going back to starter guns for "easy" kills. --- PC: http://i.imgur.com/zgyKBAY.jpg