It does actually. Not only do you get specific boss drops for gear and weapons but some bosses and even enemies drop parts/weapons they carried which give you either a new temp weapon to use or a buff. It's the closest thing to Monster Hunter out there until people can get into and play the chinese MH mmo coming out.
And Arcreon you're thinking of Hunter Blade. The cash shop imo didn't mean shit, it was the copyrighted shit it had in it like the cat alien guys from avatar and kratos from god of war as cash shop costumes that killed the game. I had a blast playing it for as long as I did. Well it was the copyrighted stuff and the fact that the devs took far too long to release any updates.
yeah i remember the obviously copyright shit, but i tohught there were crafting items in shop as well.