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Wot I Think (Part One): Wildstar

We always feel that MMOs are difficult to review in a single article, and Wildstar is even larger than most. To give a broader sense of what playing it is like, we asked Philippa Warr to venture inside and report back in three parts. In part one, she covers the first 18 levels of combat, questing and exploration.

“Help! Bees! Bees everywhere! HELP ME!”

This recent Wildstar experience reminds me of that bit in My Girl where Macauley Culkin angers a bunch of hostile buzzbings several levels higher than him, realises his questing partner Anna Chlumsky has wandered off to sell loot and tries to escape by falling into a lake. He dies, tragically and so do I. But where Macauley Culkin stays dead and loses his glasses I am resurrected and resolve to give those weaponised bees a combat-based telling off that will become the stuff of legend.

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Play WildStar With The RPS Community Guild

We. Are. Your friends.

Hello, dear reader. You may think of us here at Rock, Paper, Shotgun as your cherished aunts and uncles, and we want you to know that you’re our most favourite nibling. But you can’t keep hiding behind our legs at family gatherings, arms wrapped around our knees, whenever one of your cousins comes by. You should play with them. Go on. They’re nice. You’ll like them. We’re certain you’ll all have a lovely time together.

Now that WildStar has opened up ‘head start’ access ahead of tomorrow’s launch, your RPS cousins have formed a community guild to play together. Go on now, dear.

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WildStar Raids Reveal Big Bosses And Random Bits

There's no joke here.

All and sundry can currently check out the early-mid game of WildStar, as Carbine’s MMORPG is still in open beta testing until early Monday morning, but what about the supposed real part of MMORPGs, the end-game–raiding? The lastest part of WildStar’s slow marketing reveal focuses on just that, detailing raiding with words and pictures and moving pictures. The word “hardcore” is muttered a lot during talk of dynamic battlefields, telegraphed attacks, randomised events, and hitting monsters until hats burst forth from their smashed guts.

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Oh WoW: WildStar Open Beta Now Open

I'm a sucker for anything with dual pistols

Of all the MMORPGs that a barroom wit might dismiss with the wave of a hand and a smug “It’s just another WoW clone, and I’ll have a pint of Advocaat thank you barkeep,” WildStar certainly seems to be the most polished and enticing. Carbine Studios have tarted up That Sort of MMORPG with fancier combat, additions like player housing and PvP death arenas that are all customisable to the nines, and general polish. Even to someone with little interest in That Sort of MMORPG, it’s an impressive bit of work.

WildStar is now in open beta testing for a bit and, you know what, I think I’ll download it to poke around. To play with the character creator, if nothing else.

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Would You Like A Wildstar Beta Key? We’ve Got 700

Better late than never.

Update: Aaaaand the keys are all gone. That didn’t take long. Sorry to those who missed out, and we hope those of you quick enough to get a key have a pleasant weekend. Come back and tell the rest of us what you think of the game in the comments.

Earlier this week we linked to a communal pool of 40,000 Wildstar beta keys. They vanished in an instant, swallowed whole by the swelling masses who want to play NCSoft’s new scifi MMO. Now we have 700 more keys to give away which are just for us and, if you’re fast enough, just for you. If you fancy playing the game this weekend, head below.
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Something For The Weekend: Wildstar Beta Key Giveaway

Listen! This weekend, the beta for Wildstar is opening up and 40,000 keys are available right now. First come, first served.

Our first feature about the sci-fi MMO went live in August 2011, which is approximately fifty seven years ago in blog years. Since then, we’ve had interviews, hands-on previews, news stories aplenty and one last interview. It’s am ambitious game, not quite shattering the WOW mould but seeming to stretch it as far as it can go.

Go go go.

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Guild Wars 2’s Neverending Story So Far

I basically didn’t understand a word of this video. I thought it would help bring me up to speed on a game I haven’t played since launch, but now I just feel even more lost. As far as I can tell thingy did wotsit with the whojathunk, but thingy turned up and did thingy instead, and then a thing happened which meant more things and now another thing is going to happen, and apparently that will mean the end of the ‘living world’ storyline in Guild Wars 2. The current one, anyway.
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WildStar’s Engineer Class Detailed, Plus Brief Thoughts

Shame about the female character design.

Carbine Studios was founded in 2005 and the past eight years have been spent building the tech and content for their first game, WildStar. A cartoonish sci-fi MMO, WildStar’s main aim is to acknowledge the multitude of reasons why people play MMOs, and cater to each and every one of them.

Come watch the final class trailer, introducing the game’s robot-spewing Engineer, and I’ll explain what I mean.
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Money Grinding: Lineage Makes $1.8 Billion Over 15 Years

Shame it wasn't very good.

Lineage, the Korean fantasy MMO from NCSoft, is fifteen years old. In that time, it has made the equivalent of $1.8 billion. This as reported by PCGamesN reporting on Kotaku, as based on a press release that’s in Korean, anyway.

Numbers like this are why companies remain willing to make such large, long bets on MMOs. I talked to Jeremy Gaffney, former NCSoft executive and current executive producer on WildStar, about that earlier this year.
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Guild Wars 2 School: Super Adventure Box Back

So, I admit, I bounced off Guild Wars 2. After promises of its being a brand new approach to the MMO, finding myself in a generic fantasy world being asked to kill five of something, I pretty much gave up straight away. I know, I know, I should have dug in, but as you can imagine it’s not possible to dedicate time to every MMO I’m not going to be writing about. Then I see the details of the new Super Adventure Box: Back To School update, and I regret my decision.

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Wallets Out For WildStar’s Payment Model

Finally, some dry financial details!
And then some of you can put them away, again. It’s funny, given everything we’ve seen of Carbine’s handsome MMO Wildstar, which includes ten thousand videos and that one time I had a dream about playing it, everyone has been tempering their excitement with because Carbine wouldn’t say how they’ll be charging for it. This is what PC gaming is, now: even “free” comes at a cost, so these questions have to be answered. It turns out the reason Carbine had been keeping silent was because they were knocking together an interactive infographic to explain a system that uses a subscription or in-game money to pay for access.
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Furry Zombie: Wildstar Has Two Other Races


Wildstar, it turns out, still hasn’t revealed all its special bits to us, with two more races making an appearance at San Diego Comic Con, for some reason. They are the Chua (annoying-looking “crazy” cute rodent things) and the Mordesh (morbid space zombies). So that’s the furry and undead demographics catered for, but all I really wanted was a gold-plated robot. Turns out they already had one.

There’s a video.
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Aiming Is The Aim: Wildstar’s Combat Trailer


Sorry, John. No WildStar for you. The lovely looking MMO’s latest vidbonk (I’m trying that word out, let me know how it worked for you) details how different it’ll be from traditional MMOs in its combat. Specifically how you’ll aim. I’m sad that the fact that you will be aiming in an MMO is still a big deal, but it is. In WildStar you can use the traditional method of hitting TAB to face in the direction of enemies if all you want to do is cast off a spell in a general direction. I’ve always hated that form of combat, so the “freeform aiming” system, basically taking a bit more control of the direction, is more my thing, and it affects offensive and defensive skills. When the voice-over pointed out: “You’ll know a good healer when you see one,” I couldn’t look John in the eye.
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