Alot of misinformation present in the original post, not saying West is without issues but alot of OP’s gripes are misconceptions, ill provide a few examples:
Regarding your issues with the controls, are you sure you just haven’t gotten used to them yet? Having both sticks is necessary, being able to move one way and fire another way is fairly important. “Stopping” everytime you shoot is part of a stat called “freeze” this is here to allow the opponent to punish someone for spamming their weapons or shooting at poor times. If freeze wasn’t present the game would feel very floaty and guns would have no ‘weight’. The starting weapons are pretty bad but obtaining money on west is faster than any other mobile server and it doesn’t take too long to get a basic gralat weapon.
Regarding the game being pay to win. Its really not, unless you want to include auctions but even then they are optional. None of the guns in the gun shops are top tier. Every single “top tier” weapon is obtained with a currency or stat that cannot be purchased with real money. Its more “play a whole lot” to win, more or less
Going back to your point on hit detection. Theres nothing wrong here, from what i can tell, you dont seem to have a grasp on what ping is and how it would affect gameplay. Just because you saw someone get hit, doesnt mean they saw themself get hit. If they lived somewhere far from the server’s physical location, you’d have a fair amount of ping. Plenty of people will complain about lag, but as long as someone’s connection is stable, you can learn to predict them (this also applies to classic, which i played for several years before moving to west like the gold prospector i am) its all part of the gameplay, obviously no lag would be ideal but it is what it is.
Farming via bushes in west is an afterthought and should never be your way of making money, “fur selling” isnt a thing anymore so i wouldnt try seeking it out. Mining, woodcutting and fishing are your go-to’s, pick a job, level it up, earn more as you level, its a runescapey approach but it works for the most part.
Catching a bug will cost you one Bug-jar, these can be bought from the same place you sell bugs. Most people buy them on bulk and just pick up bugs when theyre going from one place to another, its not a primary income maker if you catch my drift
I understand there can be alot of misconceptions when starting out and im not hounding you for voicing them, the optional tutorial the game gives is very outdated and theres not alot to go off when starting out. Just wanted to clear up some misinformation