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Beta’d: WILDSTAR is Wild Fun

One of the standout games at PAX this year was Wildstar, a new MMORPG from NCSOFT. In the world of Wildstar, there is a galaxy wide land rush for the planet of Nexus. According to legend, Nexus is home to some of the most beautiful places imaginable, as well as the lost technology of an ancient civilization. The Exiles just want to settle the planet and live out their days making a home, while the Dominion seeks to add the power and secrets of Nexus to its empire.

WildstarBetween the Exiles and Dominion, the game has eight races to choose from. On the Exile side, there are the rebellious Humans, mercenary stone giant Granok, the forest-dwelling Aurin, and the space zombie Mordesh. Each race has a history with the Dominion and rebelled, putting down on Nexus to stop the Dominion colonization. The Dominion’s four races include the human zealot Cassian, the savage Draken, the insane yet brilliant Chua and the technological assassins the Mechari.

WS_Chua_Mordesh03The four classes are familiar yet bring subtle touches that make them wholly part of the Wildstar mythos. The Warriors are your standard MMO class, who have brute strength and big weapons on their side. Spellslingers use magic-infused firepower to even the odds; they make great healers and ranged fighters. Stalkers are light fighters that can take a hit and set a trap thanks to their tech prowess. The Esper uses psychic attacks that allow for ranged combat in addition to healing your party. For our hands-on demo of the game we created an Aurin Esper. Psychic blades? Check.

wdstr_screen_039On the surface of Nexus, our first quest involves helping some of the diabolically genius Chua disarm landmines placed across a landing zone. The humor and tone of the game are almost immediately infectious. The opening tasks of disarming mines and killing giant scorpions feel challenging but achievable, and it’s incredibly easy to fall into this game. The game leaves you to your own approach and doesn’t force any specific tactic on you in defeating your opponent. After figuring out that you can set a landmine to disarm and draw a scorpion toward you through the blast radius, I’ve figured out what works for my lightly-armored, psychic Esper. With the style of play I’m choosing, though, I wonder if a Stalker might not have been a better course of action. Within 20 minutes I was at a level 3 Esper and completed a couple of the demo’s goals.

The game will support four paths, Explorer, Scientist, Settler and Soldier. This helpful video breaks it down for us:

Wildstar is one of the most appealing MMOs I’ve seen in recent memory. The bright colors, over-the-top characters, and fun play mechanics make this game incredibly immersive. If you’re more sci-fi than sorcery and want to adjust your gaming experience accordingly, jump on board Wildstar now. The Wildstar Beta has launched and is adding players, so jump in while you still can.

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  • Just a small correction, it wasn’t GW, it was Lineage II. Part of the appeal:

    After thoroughly reviewing this incident, I have found no errors or inconsistencies in the reviews of your appeal requests nor was I able to find any errors in the decision to terminate the account. The account failed repeated verification attempts and was also verified exhibiting behavior only possible through the use of a 3rd party program.

    They would not tell me WHAT 3rd party program was used, what the actions were, nor what IP the actions took place from (because it wasn’t me).

  • Just to agree with J.Smith. I will never buy something with NCSofts name on it again. My GW account was hacked because someone hacked NCSoft and gained information. They attempted to contact me regarding it through my email, but I don’t check my email often and so didn’t see it. Then I tried to contact them to see why it was banned (because I got bored and wanted to play GW some after a long hiatus from it) and they said because the user on it violated the ToS the account was banned. I tried to appeal the ban because it was hacked but they refused to lift it.

    I will not risk paying money and then having my account permanently banned because it was compromised because the hacker hacked NCSoft in some way and gained the information. Absolutely horrendous customer support.