Yes, it’s true. I gave in to the hype train and am playing WildStar. A lot of my friends from SWTOR are playing, so I took one of them up on the offer of a guest pass and joined the fun on Nexus. Technically yesterday was my first day, but I only really made my characters so I’m not counting it. Trust me, you don’t want me to bore you with the process.
I ended up making two characters on two different servers. The first, which will be my PvE character, is a Dominum Human Medic on Myrcalus. The second, and the one I played today, is an Exiled Aurin Esper on Pergo. Dominum and Exiled are the two factions, darkside and lightside you could say. Both are fighting over the home world (Nexus) of some ancient alien race called Eldan. I’d be lying to you if I said I had any idea what was going on story wise though… Shocking, right? I just rushed as fast as I could to level 6 to queue for PvP.
Right off the bat, character creation is great. The Races are fun looking and there are informative descriptions for faction, race, class, and path. I personally had been looking forward to making an Aurin and got to spend a lot of time in the customizer with a plethora of options. One of the best part of this was hair styles. Back in WoW, and especially in SWTOR, I’ve always hated all the hair styles. I’m a little bit of a glam girl, and I want my character to look good damnit. The hairstyle options were stylish and funky and I had a really tough time choosing. That has NEVER happened before.
There is a distinct "flavor" to the game. Unfortunately, I’m not a fan of it. I got used to the dark grit of SWTOR, and the “Welcome to WildStar, cupcake” when I log in kinda makes me want to puke. It’s sickeningly cheesy and cutesy, something I thought I would like, but hate! I just feel like the whole thing is contrived and pre-teen hip, and I find myself cringing at the overbearing Dolly Parton accents every time someone pops up on my Quest HUD. Adding to that is the fact the profanity filter is broken so I actually can’t swear. One of the only ways I know how to get my point across.
The stock bars and UI were also something I just couldn’t get comfortable with. You start with one skill and one class innate buff, and one quickbar with a single slot open. As you level more abilities and slot open, but this happens at a staggered rate. At level 7 I have 5 slots open but 8 skills, so I have to pick what I want to use. I also have to open an Abilities tab to rearrange the order my skills are in. It’s an annoying process because I’m constantly getting new skills and trying to find the best key binds, but the Abilities tab makes everything take twice as long as it should.
My friend Chyms suggested I download a few add ons to make my life easier and stop me from complaining non-stop. Like a relic from a past life I dusted off the old Curse Client and took a look at the Must Have Addon List that’s on Reddit and PC Gamers 11 Essential Addons. I mostly stick to add ons for my Quickbars, UI, Player Frames, questing, and combat text. I also got Grid because I knew I would be healing and it has some other nice features as well. The quest add on helped a lot becasue it put this nice dotted line on the ground with distance markers so I could just breadcrumb trail everything. Most of the addons are pretty easy to configure, and nothing took me that long to get the way I wanted. Way less time that struggling with the WS options. Everything isn’t as clunky and I have more screen room with new bars and player frames. WildStar itself has addons preloaded from Carbine, some which are helpful and some which are worthless, and the only way of figuring out what they do is guessing from the name. For the life of me I can’t figure out how to get rid of their Raid Frames (edit: FINALLY figured it out. Had to disable Raidbase).
But, I’m really annoyed by the add-on thing. SWTOR spoiled me with them just not being there and having to be fucked with and updated constantly. While I know the constant /(add on name here) will die off once I hit max level and have everything, right now its a tug of war between what’s in the game and what I need to have an enjoyable playing experience. Like, I can’t for the life of me figure out how to configure Grid. It won’t lock, I want things bigger since I’m only in small groups, and I’m pretty sure health text with it is just out of the question. But, the in game raid frames are complete shit. I can’t figure out how to display health text on them either, but even worse I can’t tell who is actually in or out of range. Someone could be on the other side of the map and their bar isn’t shadowed or anything. It makes healing a nightmare.
Am I Making WildStar My Full-time Game?
No. There are a few things that I haven’t really gotten used to yet and I’m still waiting to see if the population sticks around. One of the servers I’m on has a pretty standard hour minimum wait time, at all times, but I think people will start transferring off soon. I know a few people who encouraged me to play who are already giving up because of game play and tedious leveling. I also really hate the sprint feature. I can’t even give you a good reason why, I just keep complaining about it being a shitty FPS mechanic I don’t want to use. Dash is awesome though and I use it all the time. It’s perfect for getting out of the ouchies on the ground.
I’m definitely willing to give it some time to grow on me though, and if I like it I’ll sub. For now I’ll just keep grinding those levels and getting some more Walatiki Temple matches in. I still have yet to score a Moody Mask, so that's my goal for tomorrow. If anyone wants to give the game a try, let me know. I’ve got some more codes I’m willing to give out so you can see if you like it!