With my Aurin at level 20 and capped as far as the Guest Pass I’ve been playing on can take me, I felt like it was a good time to try something new. Part of what I’m trying to do is get the full experience of WildStar before I decide whether to buy it and sink a significant amount of time in it. I admittedly don’t love some aspects of the game. Healing in particular seems clunky to me. But like I said, I want very much to like the game. I need something else to fill my time and SWTOR doesn’t exactly fill the MMO craving all the way anymore. For that reason, I decided to try DPS and see if that felt any better.
Instead of just respeccing my Aurin to assault, I made a completely new character. Since if I do play I plan on being on Myrcalus, I decided to make another Dominiom character there. I think Cassian (the Human race) is pretty boring in a game with so many cool races. So it was between Chua, Mechari, and Draken. I went with the last. Mechari look cool, but I didn’t think I could customize it the way I wanted. And Chua are adorable, but there is no way to pick between male or female. Leading me to wonder if there are actually Chua genders, and how they make baby Chuas. A pretty great Twitter conversation followed. We’ve got some interesting theories... So now I have a Draken. It was honestly the race I had wanted to play when I created my Medic, but that wasn’t possible option. Medic, and Esper, are unavailable with this Race. Other than than, Draken are badasses. They’re vaguely demonic with their horns, and dark with almost reptilian features. I ran with that and created Maelstromm, a spellslinger with looks to kill.
I went with Spellslinger because I prefer ranged. They also are pretty OP right now and I already have the underpowered healer so I thought I’d give myself a break. Right off the bat DPS felt far smoother than healing and I didn’t feel so constrained by having little to no utility. I just put whatever DPS abilities I could on my bar and spammed them. Spellslingers seem to have a good variety of abilities and stuns, which I’m realizing are the crutch (and bane) of this game. Your basic attacks is a conal that you can use while you move. The innate ability is a surge bonus which comes in handy for massive conal attack you can cleave groups down with. And you get a “blink” which also works as a stun if you go through an enemy. I didn’t know that at first until someone in my stream told me. Maybe because I’m not so critical of DPS, I had a lot of fun playing. The warzones I did were full of tunnely, bad behaviour, and very little objectives.
Because I was taking the “fun” route, I also decided to slow down and “enjoy” the questing. Those quotations marks are there because I can only enjoy questing so much. I also really hate all the “walk 20 meters and talk to someone else” quests. There is more to text to get thru on those than it takes to just do the quest. But, I didn’t Esc out of any cut scenes, and I tried to keep up with what was going on. One particular fun quests had us dressing up as Rhinoceros type animals and blowing up on Poachers. One of the real Rhinos even thought I was sexy. See those hearts?
Sometimes I read other peoples posts and Tweets and I think, “Damn, I wish I could enjoy games in the way they do.” Don’t misunderstand me, I love gaming. But I’m very critical by nature and really competitive. On many levels I never just slow down and enjoy the experience. This was my attempt at that. Once we hit level 7 though it was on to PvP. It’s not that I was bored leveling necessarily, I just like PvP and the rate of Queue Pops means you gain experience a lot faster. Up until 15 I think that’s generally true. I got three levels PvPing in about hour. PvP also helps me learn my abilities better since the quest mobs are so simple to kill I can barely do more than spam my auto attack before they die.
Tomorrow will be my last day on the Guest Pass and really the last opportunity I’ll get to play this week. 2.8 Progression is Tuesday and my time is gonna be pretty dedicated to that and being there if/when my guild needs me. The goal is to hit 15 and do adventures, maybe 20 and get a Dungeon in, and see how it feels as a DPS. Better I assume. I also want to see if I get those terrible stun breakers as a DPS or if its just a Healing mechanic. I’m still 50/50 on buying the game as of now. And I also want to see how long everyone else sticks around. I already have a lot of friends who have bailed, so we’ll see what the future holds.