Wildstar: The Sci-Fi MMO We've Been Waiting For

Brief overview of the upcoming Sci-Fi MMORPG Wildstar.

Editor's Note: This is a first look review, based solely on information available about the game pre-release.

What is Wildstar?

The game revolves around the lost planet Nexus. A planet that once belonged to the ancient and powerful Elden. Not much is known about them other than being a very advanced race. Wildstar is best described as, quirky with its art style and humor. Not only does it have the classes we're all used to, but it’s also adding a path system.

Why Wildstar? Well, if you're anything like me, you must be getting tired of the same old wizard and orc game. Not to say there’s anything wrong with that genre. But it's a pleasure to see  a company try something new, or do a simple thing as bringing customizable player housing back. A feature I think most games have been lacking.  

Wildstar Classes

There are 4 classes that are known and 2 that are yet to be revealed.

  1. The standard for any game, the sword and shield Warrior.  
  2. The Stalker is your standard rogue, with advanced stealth technology and awesome claw weapons.
  3. Just because it’s sci-fi doesn't mean there can't be some magic! The Esper wield psychic weapons and use illusion abilities to push your opponents to the brinks of insanity.
  4. The Spellslinger is your agile ranged class that wield pistols and even use a bit of runic power.

Choosing Your Path

Depending on what you path you choose, you will encounter different content. There are 4 Paths you can choose. The Explorer will... well, explore! The Scientist, will unlock unique abilities to studying ancient relics, exotic plants and alien organisms. If you love to blow up things and big weapons? The Soldier is that the class for you! The most interesting one of them all is the Settler, they will be able to build outpost, upgrade towns and set up the world with amenities we’re all used to in MMO’s.

Choose Sides

The standard 2 faction is present in Wildstar: The Dominion and The Exiles each have 4 unique races, 2 of which are unknown.

The glorious Dominion

A civilization that loves to conquer worlds and exploit the resources of worlds they conquer. In the Dominion’s arsenal of races we have:

  • The Cassians, the founders of the Dominion.
  • The Draken, dragon-like humanoids with horns and a tail.
  • The Mechari, bloodthirsty sentient machines made by the Elden.

The Exiles

A ragtag group of refugees that have banded together after leaving their homeworld once the Dominions “visited” their planet. The Exiles riff-raff include:

  • The classic Human with a good-doer attitude with a side of badass.
  • Granok, a race of rock people that love to fight and have huge “boulders”.  
  • Aurin are a rabbit humanoid race with ears and tails, if you're into that kind of stuff (also they're described as treehuggers).

The 2 unknown races are yet to be revealed but look forward to their announcement soon.  

A Place to Call Home (and Hoard Items)

One of the most interesting features of WIldstar is Housing. A personal favorite of mine, and making an overdue appearance in an AAA title MMO.  There’s something about being able to buy a plot of land and making it your own that appeals to me.

You can upgrade your home as you progress in Wildstar, you can even decorate it with items and big game you find on your adventure! Not only is it nice eye candy, but it can also provide beneficial buffs. Resting in your home provides you with tons of rest experience, you can even get more by having more items in your house!

Like cooking? Have your own garden to grow useful ingredients! They even go as far as being able to have crafting facilities  and a personal raid portal that give you a buff! Housing in Wildstar isn't a secondary system, it is in fact part of the core of the game! 

More to Come

There’s a lot more that Wildstar is offering to players such as Warplots, PVP bases and large raids - 20 and 40 man. Not much is known about these features, but make sure to keep an eye out for upcoming news!

Our Rating
8
Brief overview of the upcoming Sci-Fi MMORPG Wildstar.

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Published Apr. 3rd 2013
  • Zak-Shutupnrok
    Nice overview of the game Buttniks. Looking forward to, hopefully, getting more detail in future articles (as allowed of course) :) I haven't really done much research on Wildstar yet, so this was great info. I sense a "slight" lean to the Dominion in your article,if I'm not mistaken. I'm leaning with you! I am truly looking forward to getting into this game! Thanks!!!
  • Karnage_3593
    The more I read about this game, the more excited I get about it. I look forward to your next article.
  • SourceShard
    The more I hear about Wildstar the more I want to play. I definitely see some massive hoarding in a shiny house to call my own.
  • MrFester
    I want to hoard items, now!

    Great write up.
  • Koeheed
    When I first heard about this game I just thought to myself "Well another MMO being released". But as I find out more and more about Wildstar I can't help but want to play this game. Plus I think we need an MMO that doesn't take itself to serious. The player housing is also a huge feature I'm looking forward to.
  • Rothalack
    Master O' Bugs
    I didn't have time to touch any games at Pax this year except two... We got a two hour play test of ESO for media only and that was cool. The name is exactly what it is, Elder Scrolls... Online. Nothing popped out as innovative for their franchise, I feel like its just too appeal to lovers of that IP. WildStar on the other hand I think is doing something different, something entirely new. I made it a point to try out WildStar. It's amazing how polished the game is already and I'm pretty sure they plan at least another year of development. I'm entirely too excited for this game.
  • Mark Taylor
    Featured Contributor
    This is a great article Buttniks! Keep up the great work.
  • Guhnz
    Great review Buttnicks! Im also looking forward to wildstar. This article is well written and looking forward to reading your future reviews.
  • Raegy
    awesome dude great article
  • Amy White
    Former Editor in Chief
    I didn't get to playtest it at PAX (too busy at the GS booth!), but I did sign up for beta. Loved the art style in the trailer, reminded me of Dark Cloud.
  • Papawapaw
    Can't wait for this to be released! :o)
  • Jeremy
    Columnist
    Did you get a chance to get your hands on the game?

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