Aside from briefly dabbling in Runescape in my youth, I have mostly avoided MMOs. There are a few reasons for this. Primarily, the cost. As a kid, I could never afford to pay a subscription, and my mum certainly wouldn't pay it for me. There was the lack of a decent PC. Slow computers are worse than no computers at all. Lastly, MMOs intimidate me slightly. I know that I would LOVE WoW, but the game is around 10 years old, and has millions of players who are much better than me. I feel like if I started playing at this point, I'd probably just die over and over again. (This probably is not true, but I'm still a WoW virgin nonetheless.)
|Jessica Nigri's cosplay of a Wildstar Draken (Photo by Martin Wong)|
I first heard about WildStar when I heard Jessica Nigri (above) would be cosplaying for them at PAX East. When I saw that VG247 were offering beta keys, I thought, why not? The full game comes out after I finish uni anyway.
I was also intrigued by Wildstar, because the guy (below) on a lot of promotional material reminds me of Ratchet from one of my favourite games, Ratchet and Clank. It made me quite nostalgic.
|The Chua: one of the races available to play in Wildstar|
Today I have only gotten as far as character creation. I chose to be on the side of the Exiles. My race is Aurin, my class is Esper, and my path is Scientist (obviously). The game gives a brief description of what these mean, but right now I have no idea of the story or relevance of any of this. It sounds pretty sweet so far, though.
The character creation is very detailed for the face; you could probably make it look very similar to yourself if you tried! I kept it simple. Big eyes, big mouth, and I didn't mess around too much with the rest. I decided to have light blue skin, long pink hair, and purple eyes. I was disappointed that the customisation for the body wasn't as detailed. There were around 10 pre-sets to choose from, all of which had big, giant boobs.... sigh.
|My Wildstar character. Obviously I went for cat ears.|
I'll try to post more about the Wildstar beta over the course of the weekend. I'm excited to delve into quests, and actually learn what Wildstar is all about!