So I’m sure there are about 10 million blog posts like this which focus on the Wildstar Beta, how people leveled to 50 already and are raiding and whatnot. Personally I barely have time to play games at all anymore so when I do a Quick Reaction post like this it tends to be from a level 5-10 sort of example. I also try to take a very laymens approach to these types of reviews. It’s a beta and a genre that many gamers have found to be over-saturated and major time commitments.
So I log in and started a new character. At first the character creation screen was a little confusing to me. Once I started customizing I decided to make a change and I couldn’t figure out how to get back. Once I got around that there came the part that stops me dead in my tracks: what class to choose.
Wildstar has some very interesting classes so this was extra difficult. I’m always going back and forth and end up playing a healer that I hate. Fortunately Wildstar has a plan to solve that by making all the damage dealers healers as well so you can still contribute. For this demo I went with the Engineer. Bringing utility is something I always liked and most of the people I talked to about the game said Engineer is a good choice.
Upon starting up I have to admit my first gripe. The very first starting zone. If I wasn’t an MMO player I would have been so completely lost. You instantly start running around trying to figure out why you have no weapon. Then it’s your usual MMO fare “get X of these” “kill X of those”, but while it’s not reinventing the wheel here there’s just something enjoyable about it.
The fighting telegraph system where you and enemies project an overlay of where your heavy attack is going is quite fun and still challenging. It is reminiscent of GW2 but without all the randomness. In GW2 you dodge but more than half the time you dodge right into the enemy attack. The advice on the engineer was very sound. It’s a fun class and I haven’t even gotten bots yet. They move slow but I never feel in danger and my attacks feel pretty strong. I’ve heard the Medic is a blast too as a damage dealer so I might try them out next.
All in all Wildstar wont’ re-invent the world of MMOs but it is very fun. Boss fights look complex and challenging, the art and character style is enjoyable in that it does not take itself too seriously which I enjoy.
On June 3rd it’s definitely one to watch for.
Wildstar (so far)
Fun (and for an MMO vet that is really saying something because I get bored very fast)
Enjoyable design style/art/voiceovers
Challenging boss fights
Very balanced focused (not perfect but you can see that if you pick a class you’re not perpetually screwed)
NO haggard elves and fantasy crap (Sci-Fi!)
Major time sink
Doesn’t appear to be super focused on the casual gamer (could be a pro as well).
not really doing anything to further the genre.