Has anyone else had an issue with grinding out levels in the mid-game? I checked around on the reddit for the game, and it seems like everyone is having the same issue: completing all available levels and being unable to unlock the rest without grinding out contracts for an eternity. For most people it seems to happen around level 50-52, where the next stadium doesn't unlock until 58. I have at least a gold on every level up to this point, including most of the bonus games and As or A+s in all of the tutorials so far, so the only effective way to get exp is to grind certain contracts. Right now, the best contracts are about 2500 exp a pop, and its at 10000 exp a level, so I need to complete at least 24 of those to hit the level I need, which could take literally hours, and there's no guarantee this won't happen again in the next set of levels. The more common contracts are only 200-300 each, so I have been avoiding those all together. There are some that are worth more exp, like the stadium finals, but those are astronomically more difficult than any other part of the game so far, and losing on the second or third round means another long load time to return to the first heat, which is incredibly obnoxious.
This seems like a very blatant issue with the progression of the game that should have been spotted by the devs. I would point fingers at the shitty microtransactions but it seems you can't even spend your way out of the grind, either. Can anyone with the deluxe edition of the game vouch for this problem existing in that? Support on the reddit said they would pass the feedback along to the devs, so for now I guess I might just wait for a patch? So stupid to be locked out of the best content for a game I paid full price for.