WildStar is a greatly anticipated massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). The science-fiction-fantasy RPG has taken over eight years to create and is currently in beta. Developer Carbine Studios, based in Aliso Viejo, Calif., is part of NCSOFT. NCSOFT is also WildStar’s publisher and was started by a core group of previous Blizzard Entertainment developers in 2005. They started with about 30 employees and now have approximately 250. The developers’ vision is to create a more intense three-dimensional virtual world.
Choose Your Faction
The story takes place on the fictional planet of Nexus. Nexus is a planet full of mystery and ancient technology from the ancient race of the Eldan. The Dominion and the Exile factions both want the technology and power that the planet hides. The Dominion believe the planet belongs to them while the Exiles are the outcasts that have come together to defend their new home on Nexus. It is the player’s job to help a faction and find the ancient technology.
Between the two factions there are a total of eight playable characters. The Exile side has the human, which is a basic human character. The Granok are giant rock characters that are not the smartest or the fastest but are the strongest. Aurin have big flopping ears, furry tails and love the forest. The Mordesh suffered from a disease and resemble space zombies but they are very smart. On the Dominion side, the characters consist of the elitist humans known as the Cassian, who they think they are the chosen ones of the Elden. Draken are savage-looking creatures with big horns and are strong fighters. Chua are small, destructive engineers. Mechari are mechanical beings created by the Elden, and they are guides for the Dominion.
There are six classes that can be chosen, including the Warrior, Esper, Stalker, Spellslinger, Medic and Engineer. Each class has its own unique weaponry. The Warrior is the point man or tank of the group. He is equipped with a giant sword and an arm-cannon. The Esper can create objects from their minds and use a unique weapon called a sye blade, which is like a large ninja star. The Stalker has stealth technology and uses giant fist blades that resemble Wolverine’s claws. The Spellslinger utilizes dual laser pistols, and they also have the ability to jump through a separate dimension to dodge incoming attacks. The Medic has dual resonators that can the hurt or heal opponents and also use probes or fields as tools. The Engineer is an odd group that can create small droids to fight for them. The Engineer can be a point man or distance fighter.
There are four different paths that players choose from when starting WildStar. Each path brings up opportunities that other professions cannot obtain. The Settler can create buildings and objects that assist allies. The Soldier can take on extra missions to earn gear such as more weapons or armor. The soldier profession has more missions than any other paths. The Scientist can unlock certain areas and get backstory on what is happening in the area. The Explorer can get extra timed challenges and can turn on satellite dishes that assist their faction.
Housing allows players to have creative choices with their own personal space within the game and there is a multitude of different options of what players can pick and chose for their housing. Players can create housing on the ground or in the air. Sky plots, floating islands in the sky, serve as housing. Sky plots can be customized as players see fit; windmills, defense towers or gardens can be built.
Missions evolve as players work their way through each area. Missions are very fluid and varied – one minute you are dismantling something and the next minute, blowing something up. Players are constantly on the move and always have something to do. Timed challenges occur randomly during missions. If completed, players get extra loot for bags to keep inventory in or armor that the character can use.
Look of a Wildstar
WildStar lets players interact with the world around them in a higher capacity than other MMOs. Graphics are impressive and character models are outstanding. There is also more audio interaction with players. Sections of the world are played in a platform style and allow players to stop and explore the environment. The platform style is reminiscent of platformers like Jak and Daxter and Ratchet & Clank. This gives players a sense that the world is dynamic and developed, not just background. If players so choose, they can explore the world and enjoy the scenery. The purpose of the game is for the player to experience the environment and not just blaze through it.
An interesting option for WildStar is Certification of Research Exploration Destruction and Development (C.R.E.D.D.). C.R.E.D.D. is an in-game item that players can collect and exchange for game time. Players can purchase the game for $60 with a free one-month subscription and then pay $15 a month after that if they do not have C.R.E.D.D. Having the option to play to earn C.R.E.D.D. for gameplay is beneficial to those who do not want to pay a monthly fee.
The full version of WildStar is expected to be released later in 2014.
Preview Video of WildStar