If you are a member of the ever-growing Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) game community, chances are you know what WildStar is, for everyone else, I’m here to fill you in on what is possibly going to be one of the best MMO’s out there, releasing later this year. With that said, let us join Carbine Studios and NCSoft on the journey to Nexus, the world of WildStar!
WildStar brings a familiar feel to it for those in the MMO community, without bringing with it the sense that you have done this all before. Adding new mechanics to your journey such as the ability to choose not only your class, but the path you take as that class, each of four containing its own content and rewards. WildStar also has a faction system, containing to sides, with four races each, allowing you to pledge alliance to the side of your choice, and of course opening the world to some serious Player vs. Player action.
Another new turn WildStar takes is shown through the advanced movements the character is allowed to make. Double Jumping makes its MMO debut, as far as I can tell, in WildStar allowing for even more range of movement. Add this to Dashing, Sprinting, and the ability to Dodge Roll, and WildStar will prove to be one of the most, if not the most, mobile MMO’s out there.
This leads to the combat system, where WildStar is taking a big leap in making every single move aimed and telegraphed, meaning that every move in the game can be dodged, given the right amount of player skill. This is a risky move, as it can make the game have a high skill cap for those who may be new to such a system, but one that is well worth taking a gamble on.
Finally, player owned housing is making a comeback in the game, as each player is able to purchase a sky plot to build their own humble abode on. This will give the player a home environment that can be customized to the players liking.
Now, I am completely gung-ho in my excitement for WildStar as an avid MMO player. It seems to me that the game will offer a very enjoyable gameplay environment for anyone who picks up the game. The new movement system, and the combat system have played a huge part in bringing me to this game. I feel that this will be a strong competitor in the MMO scene.
At this point if you aren’t thinking about picking up this game, let me just add these few points to help push you over the edge. While WildStar does have a monthly subscription fee, they have set in place an alternative payment model that allows you to pay for your subscription via in-game currency, meaning you simply play to pay, which is one of the best payment systems I can think of. As a final thought, the start of an MMO is always the best time to join, as everyone is new to the game, and the community will be generally a lot friendlier, simply adding to the fun. Who knows, you may even make a few friends, I know I’ve done so through MMO’s.
In closing, WildStar is one of the most promising MMO’s I’ve seen in a long time. It’s definitely worth being part of, if only to say that you were there.