WildStar and ESO
We officially cancelled our ESO accounts 20 minutes before the subscription was due. We debated back and forth the merits of playing a game that we really weren’t feeling a huge urge to log in to. ESO always felt like a single-player experience for us, yet failed to live up to the single-player experiences of Morrowind, Oblivion, or Skyrim. Playing simply became too repetitive. The Thieves guild, Dark Brotherhood, and justice system should have been in at launch. There should never have been classes at all and instead been skill-based. There should have been multiple paths to level up your character instead of letting one person do essentially everything yet creating a linear world. Neither of us feel ESO is a bad game, it just wasn’t worth the money to continue when our desire to log in was… well, zero. Coming in at 60 hours each, we got our box price and then some.
I’m biting the bullet and picking up WildStar. This should come as no surprise to the world: Keen buy’s every MMO. Graev is still on the fence and wants to wait and see if I stick with it. I commend him for his ability to abstain.
I picked up WildStar on Green Man Gaming and got 20% off using the code: FUSWJT-B1DU64-JBV8UY
The Keen and Graev Community will be rolling in on a yet to be named server. If you’re looking for a laid-back and close-knit community feel then check us out. We’re not the group to join if you want to dominate 40-man raids. If you want a group of people you can quickly call your best friends and continue to do so for 7+ years later then look no further.
I’m going to roll up a warrior. I’m still debating what race I want to play. I’m really disappointed by not being able to play as the Chua. Why do classes have to be race restricted? That’s such an annoying system. After dabbling in all of the classes over the past year, the Warrior just feels the best. I’ll most likely have an Esper or Spellslinger alt.
My approach to WildStar is going to be moderately casual. If we end up raiding it’ll be with our community combined with several other guilds in a similar position. If that means we never see 40-man content oh well. I don’t care — at all. If we can do the 20-man stuff that might be neat, at least until it becomes repetitive.
Playing in this open beta has shown me that Carbine has made decent progress. Animations are better, sounds are night and day what they used to be, and I’m starting to feel in the mood for something a little zany. They timed their release really, really well.
I’ll have more thoughts for your as I play WildStar. For now just know that I’ll be diving in head first as always. I didn’t communicate enough of my ESO experiences, but I do plan to play WildStar and write regular adventure log updates as well as my usual critiques. If nothing else, I think getting my money’s worth out of the box price alone will be doable.