Here is a Link to my video of me playing for the first half hour: https://youtu.be/w3X1AnF7Vo4
Introduction: Wildstar came out about a year ago. Although it only recently (within the few months) became free to play. You can still spend money on cosmetics and possibly upgrades but I haven’t really played enough to know anything about the value of that (if you even are able to). So I played Wildstar for about half an hour and this article will tell you what I think of the game. Note that this is not necessarily a review but a first impressions article but first impressions are quite important for a game.
My background: I feel like you knowing my background of MMORPGs (which Wildstar is) is important so you Don’t think I’m just pulling stuff out of my ass. So I have played a good amount of Oblivion and a bit of Skyrim. I have also played A LOT of Wizard 101 in years past and about a month of World of Warcraft. So I hope that background is enough to know at least somewhat of what I’m talking about with them all being MMORPGs.
Graphics: So there are three main elements to a game and the one that makes its first impression is graphics. Wildstar has amazing cartoon graphics. There is not blockiness, it is all smooth and we’ll put together. There is not much to talk about in this category but the graphics are spot on for this game.
Story: The story can be the least or most important part of a game. It all depends on the game and the person but for MMORPGs he story is usually pretty important. So as far the Wildstar story goes I’d say it’s pretty good. Usually the story doesn’t get explained much in the first 30 minutes of a game but you get a brief background history of why you are doing what you’re doing. You also get some lore of each race when you’re deciding what race you want to play. Most of the lore is also explained in a cutscene at the start. I prefer this because im lazy when it comes to most lore reading.
Gameplay: This is probably the most important part for people in any game with action in it. So the Gameplay is quite similar to that of World of Warcraft. It is a third person Gameplay where you go around completing quests. The fighting is also similar to WoW, you walk in range to use your abilities on the enemies which are usually wandering around away from NPCs that give you quests/missions. Once you’re in range you press a button to activate one of your abilities in your hotbar. Most abilities have a restriction on it like a cooldown or you need a certain amount of energy to cast it. You get energy by being in combat. Since I am a bit of WoW fan I really like the way the combat feels. I also like MMORPGs in general so the quest system is very familiar to me.
Conclusion: Although games of this size are hard to get a good feel for in just 30 minutes If I were to give this game a rating it would 9/10. Nice graphics, at least a decent story, and the gameplay feels so natural. I am definitely going to be playing this game some more and I recommend trying it out.