Posts Tagged ‘carbine’

Wildstar Gets Chilly With Destination Arcterra

I’m currently re-installing Wildstar [official site]. Well, sort of. I’m installing the public test realm so I can go investigate the sci-fi western MMO’s new zone, Arcterra. It’s very blue and I wanted to do a screenshot tour. While that happens (and while I try to stream a Dota 2 tournament and thus the process takes even longer) I am reading the blog to find out what Arcterra actually is* as well as catching up on some changes to PvP.

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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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Combat Sandwich: WildStar’s Excellent-Sounding Abilities

Skills that actually take a degree of skill to use? Imagine that!

I am so very, very tired of quest-kill-collect MMOs. For the longest time, I figured I’d never really dive into another after having cured myself of The Craving with WoW, Tera, and countless F2P spins on the tried-and-tired formula. But now along comes WildStar, and it refuses to stop creeping onto my radar, leaving sci-fi anime bunny prints all over my pristine, MMO-free glass. It’s the details that count here, and I keep coming away thinking, “Golly gee willikers, that’s a right smart game tape Carbine’s got there, yes indeed-y.” And then I think, “Why am I thinking like that?” But then I go back to admiring WildStar for things like its varied, hyper-involved ability mechanics, which sound like the sort of no-brainer other MMOs should’ve come up with ages ago.

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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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Carbine Talks About… Wildstar’s Movement?


Yeah, developers Carbine know that spending resources on a video that is just about how the characters in Wildstar move seems a little odd. It should be trivial, but actually, given that this is an MMO, there’s quite a bit of extra stuff going on in here, specifically the addition of a platform-game style double jump, and a TPS/FPS type metered sprint function. There’s also a “dash” function for dodging. Doesn’t that make it a dodge function and not a dash? I mean I guess dodging is in a context. You can dash whenever, and it only becomes a dodge when you are dodging something. Yeah.

Movement: with more philosophical legs that you might expect.
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Hey Now, You’re A: Wildstar Beta Begins

HAIRCUT BATTLE.

If Wildstar existed back when WoW had me pinned under its hulking gorilla girth, I think my head would’ve exploded. It has pretty much all the things every fiber of my hunched, addiction-ravaged being could’ve wished for – and then some. Player housing? You betcha. Customizable guild death lairs? Oh my yes. Highly mobile combat? Try standing still and find out. Bizarrely out-of-place anime bunny people? Well, they can’t all be winners. But you get my point. Its personality reminds me of less obnoxious 3D-animated kid films, too, and it definitely has heart. I can practically feel Past Me grossing up his portion of the space-time continuum with puddles of anticipatory froth. Current Me, though? He’s living in a post-WoW world, and he’s got a family of largely inconsequential desk cacti to be responsible for. Is Wildstar’s take on the tried-and-true MMO formula too little, too late, even with a generous helping of all the things? Perhaps the now up-and-running closed beta can help us find out.

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Homes All The Rage: Player Housing In Wildstar

The last time I played Wildstar, Carbine’s upcoming MMO, I had a decent time but I was left anxious about how close it stuck to the numbers, numbers, numbers model and why its Explorer path was so much like a late 90s platformer. Now it’s increasingly looking as though they might just have been sitting on the good stuff, like a hen made of veteran MMO developers incubating an egg of semi-sandbox play. Er.

Best forget that analogy. Instead, take a look at this player housing video – while the numbers, numbers, numbers stuff is very much in evidence, so is tantalisingly freeform DIY.
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