I just cancelled my subscription to Wildstar, and this makes me sad. I’ve been looking forward to this game for so long, really anticipating it as one of the last big MMOS on the horizon. (Arguably, there is still Everquest Next out there and that might be ok. I have to say, though, that I hated EQ2.)
I was looking forward running around inside a world that looked as though it had been designed by Pixar, a world with a warped sense of humour. I wanted really unique mad-science quests, rocket ships, racing against time to prevent giant computers from blowing up the world (or trying to unbalance giant machines into destroying the world). I wanted it to be different. I, who am totally burned out on several years of Warcraft raiding, was even looking forward to the return of giant raids.
What did we get? “Kill ten rats” quests. An endgame focused entirely on raiding, and raids designed for the ADHD crowd. A long, convoluted attunement system for said raids. Doable? Yes, of course. Fun? It depends on your investment in raiding and the game.
I just wanted to have fun.
I’ve always been an MMO gamer. I love being a part of a vibrant, living world – aside from a good book, it’s the closest that I’ll ever get to finding that secret door into another realm. At the moment, though, I seem to not have a home and I miss it so very much.
Yeah, yeah, I know…I continue to mistreat and neglect my poor blog, and it’s been ages since I posted. I’ve just been so fried, so very tired that making words (much less trying to combine them into coherent sentences) is very hard.
Anyway, Wildstar finally launched, and we’ve been having fun playing with both real life and online friends. I’m slightly ambivalent about Wildstar at this point, which has affected both my levelling and my impatience to play. After semi-hardcore raiding in Warcraft for several years I totally burned out on that type of time committment. When Wildstar made the announcements about the game having a raid endgame emphasis and also that their raids were going to be Even! More! Hardcore! I confess to being a bit meh. That’s affected my enjoyment of the game, since I know that there is an end to all the fun waiting (at least for me).
In any event, here is my oddly-dressed, but still badass Medic. I like her.
I try to not get too excited about upcoming games; I try not to fall for the hype. Those who know me will know that this must be a very recent thing because I always get excited about games that I’m looking forward to. But after getting both disappointed in, and pissed off by, Guild Wars 2 I am trying maintain a wait-and-see attitude. Yeah, we’ll see how that goes. :)
That said, I’ve really liked everything that I’ve seen so far about Wildstar. I love the Pixar-esq graphic style and the sense of humour that every reveal and trailer shows. I’m ready for a game which doesn’t take itself seriously. If the visual style and sly jokes that shine in their videos comes through in the actual game, I’m going to love the hell out of playing it.
Recently there have been reveals of the two factions, each with their own promotional video: the Dominion and the Exiles. First, the sassy human narrator of the Exiles video – I love her to bits!
Next, the snooty British (but of course!) host who introduces you to The Dominion. I’ll probably play the other side, but on the other hand bad girls can be so much fun to play…
So, when is this game coming out again? :D
If the game is anything like the cinematic, this will be a game with a sense of humour. Falling short of actually being kawaii, the look is very Disney/Pixar -which I quite liked- and it doesn’t seem to take itself too seriously. I’m looking forward to hearing more for this one!