Clever questing and a stand-out combat system make for an entertaining MMO that's as large as it is full of character.
For those burnt out on WOW's content, WildStar is easy to endorse. Immediately familiar to anyone who's visited Azeroth and with enough new twists on the tried-and-tested theme park formula, Carbine's game is so overflowing with stuff to do that it's certainly justified in asking for a subscription - even if less people seem prepared to sign up to one. It's more difficult to recommend WildStar to those who've tired of the MMORPG treadmill and its incessant need to put characters through the same old process of grinding quests and raids to reach a level cap and acquire the best gear. As much as WildStar seems to effortlessly hit all the right notes, essentially the song remains the same.
WildStar's success is built on the shoulders of MMORPG giants, but its colorful personality sets it apart.
Wildstar is familiar territory, but it's smartly made and fun nonetheless
WildStar is a colorful and traditional online role-playing game that evokes the compulsive need to fight everything you can fight, and click everything you can click.
It's slow to start, but when WildStar finally kicks into high gear it throws a ton of content at you. Telegraphs make combat interesting and complex, some of the classes provide unique play experiences, and the Path system adds flavor to your overall quest. PVE, PVP, Housing, Crafting, Dunegeons, and Raids; if you want to do it, it's probably in here somewhere. Wildstar isn't perfect, but it's a great launch for an MMORPG.
With a steady stream of content planned, a solid framework for housing, and a commitment to hardcore seriousness and silly humor, WildStar is more than the sum of its parts, and every MMO player should at least give a fair shake.
WildStar is a very traditional MMO, and it doesn't attempt to hide that fact. As someone who enjoys both the new- and old-school means of thought, I found WildStar to be both a solid foundation of tried-and-true methods and an all-too familiar retread. If you've finally grown tired of WoW and want another hardcore MMO, this is it -- but everyone else may want to wait for a free trial period.
For the Dominion!
WildStar is a deep endgame experience for veteran MMORPG gamers, but a daunting task for first-time players.
The enjoyment I have got out of the first month so far has been worth the cost of the game and there's also still plenty to do. I'm only halfway to the level cap and when you hit that you'll get access to things like the 40v40 PvP Warplots which feature customisable and destructible fortresses. It'll be the strength of the updates which will govern whether I'd recommended subscribing long-term, but so far Wildstar is looking great.
All in all WildStar is a fantastic and strong entry in the MMO market. It may not add anything new to the gameplay but it takes all the MMO's before it and intelligently combines them into a polished and fun game. It is beautiful, humorous (for better or worse), polished, and fun to play. It definitely seems to appeal to a certain crowd with its aesthetic, but gameplay wise it is one of the best MMO's I have ever played. It is relentless at times and gives hardcore players looking for a challenge a new home. Only time will really tell if the market and gamers have room for another MMO, especially one that still charges a monthly fee, but as a game WildStar is one of the greatest MMO's on the market and can stand toe to toe with any game out right now.
[F]or now, WildStar is a multiplayer multiplayer online game done right, blending the traditional with forward-thinking combat, high production values and an engaging world that begs exploration.
WildStar is a fresh and bold MMORPG that succeeds in taking a risk by combining exaggerated science fiction and humor, ultimately being highly rewarding for players. The extensive amount of content and customization available to players makes WildStar one of the best MMORPG releases in years.
It's not completely groundbreaking, and the story can fall to the wayside, but if you're looking for a well-made lighthearted time sink, Wildstar might just do the trick.
WildStar is at once similar to and unlike any other game in the market. It pulls from worlds gone by, while forging new mechanics all its own. No one can know if this new universe will stand the test of time, but for now… I'm just going to dig in and explore Nexus, Cupcake.
To be clear, WildStar is not an easy game and leveling can be difficult on your own without support. PVP was also an uphill battle because such a fast-paced game does need to be smoother in order to create a chaotic, yet still fun experience.
When it's not broken for local players, WildStar is an assured and busy sci-fi MMO that will win over players with its underdog pluck and aesthetic charm.
If you've never tried an MMO, Wildstar may be the game to get its hooks in to you. If you're a veteran, I have a strong feeling that you will like what is on offer.
It's early days, but WildStar has a lot of potential. It's focused on doing what MMO fans know and love about the genre that little bit better, and it has a lot of the excitement of World of Warcraft's early days. Quests are the game's biggest weakness – a little more thought and variety wouldn't hurt – but there's enough interest in the game's clever Path missions and structure to compensate for that. If you love MMOs, you'll probably like WildStar. If you're a recovering WoW addict, this might be the last thing that you need.