game is 3rd person, game by default is easy if you abuse this system. What makes it harder is how the people play around you, you can easily say this for any game... but how hard can a 3rd person shooter be? You literally need 1 to 3 guns to be able to play apb, ntec 2 slot, hvr 2 slot, and a cqc(oca,pmg,jg) 2 slot and you're set. Game isn't p2w, it's you just people trying to cope with them being garbage and not adapting. The closest that apb has ever come to p2w is yukon and true ogre, and even so they can be countered easily.
Besides, the game doesn't even have a competitive scene. Whoever thinks APB is competitive is so desperate for ego, delusional almost.