Wildstar's next major content drop is PvP heaven

Wildstar's next major content update — Sabotage — will introduce a plethora of player-versus-player options to the game, including a 15-on-15 battleground arena, developer Carbine Studios announced today. Slated for release later this month, the multiplayer mode Sabotage includes new airstrike and explosive options as well as mounts in its massive Daggerstone Pass battleground arena, which players can access once they hit level 30. Within Daggerstone Pass, the objective is to capture and hold certain points within it, which will in turn assist teams in damaging the enemy team's base. Bombs will randomly spawn near bases and can be used by players for various functions — just know they will begin ticking down as soon as they are picked up. According to Carbine, Sabotage's content...


MMOs are at their best when they're not cloning World of Warcraft

MMOs continue to be released every year with gameplay built primarily around aping World of Warcraft's approachable style. Tens of million of people have already devoted hundreds of hours to Blizzard's behemoth. That has to be a majority of the total audience for the massively multiplayer genre, and they've already experienced the pinnacle of that style of gameplay and know that they can return to it for ten year's worth of expansion and patch content at any time. I've been playing two massively multiplayer role-playing games that draw a lot from the World of Warcraft model: Wildstar and Final Fantasy 14. I like both of these games. In fact, Final Fantasy 14 is one of my favorite MMOs ever. But the more time I spend with both of these and the many other MMOs I've played over the last...


Wildstar review: infinity and beyond

It has a unique tone compared to its competition, but Wildstar is also very much an amalgam. It's a collection of gameplay and content that may as well have been pulled from a bucket labeled "what fans of the genre expect" — that genre being massively multiplayer online role-playing games in the post-World of Warcraft era. And that's not necessarily a bad thing. The familiarity can be inviting, especially when it allows for more challenging gameplay faster than other massively multiplayer games. Wildstar sets itself apart with the sheer amount of content available. Each of the game's massive zones is flooded with quests and challenges, constantly pushing players in new directions. It never let me slow down long enough to consider how much of what I was doing had been done before. But...


WildStar gameplay - Housing customization, farming and more

WildStar has a metric ton of content for players to dive into, but at level 14, the game's most addicting component is unlocked: player housing. The recently released MMO has some of the most robust housing customization tools in the genre, allowing you to add helpful attachments to your home, move and resize furniture and even change the atmosphere surrounding your plot. Check out the video above to see these mechanics in action — and for more insight into the game, check out the Overview video below.


WildStar - Overview video

It kind of seems like developer Carbine Studios shot itself in the foot — WildStar is an immensely content-rich game, with huge areas to explore and a wide variety of activities to take part in. We haven't even come close to experiencing the full breadth of what the game has to offer; but that's really our own fault. Once we unlocked customizable player housing, we didn't really need to do or see anything else. In today's Overview of WildStar, Phil and I fling psychic energy-eagles at our enemies, bounce twenty stories into the air on hovering trampolines, and then we spend like 15 minutes decorating a room. Sorry that we don't get to the exciting stuff until the end, there.


Wildstar's first content patch is coming, and it's a big one

Titled "The Strain," the first content patch for Wildstar will be live on the game's public test realm later this week, with a final release expected the week of June 30. According to executive producer Jeremy Gaffney, it will kick off a series of monthly updates that has already been planned 16 months out from the game's launch. This first update includes a huge amount of new, largely end-game-focused content — most notably a two new zones. One of those zones, Blighthaven, will introduce the titular Strain, an alien infection that has devastated this area of the planet of Nexus, covering it with ooze and strange monsters. New gear, mounts and player housing options based on the creepy art style of the Strain will be available for loot-hungry players to uncover. Blighthaven is a level...


Wildstar beta - Overview video

Needless to say, Wildstar’s shaping up to be a bizarre game, one that attempts to redefine the core MMORPG genre rather than infuse it with other genre’s mechanics. It attempts to provide tailored content to each and every player based on their habits and interests, and attempts to significantly increase the pace of combat with position-based strategy. It attempts to do a lot; time will tell how much of that it can actually achieve. In today’s Overview, Phil and I go on a super dangerous butterfly hunt during Wildstar’s beta test ahead of its proper launch next month. Watch as we dive into the game’s unique Path system, and claim a mountain in the name of our favorite character from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.


Wildstar heads into limited-time open beta May 8

Massively multiplayer online role-playing game, WildStar, will enter a 10-day open beta from May 8 to May 18, developer Carbine Studios announced today. With the beta, the game's level cap increases to 30. Once there, players can explore Farside, a place for players to "go to the moon and float while swinging around a massive sword." Fully leveled players also get access to two new abilities for their respective class. The beta also introduces tower defense-themed content Galeras Adventure. "You and four friends are all that stands between an invading force and holding the fort before reinforcements can arrive," the game's website reads. "The opposing faction is going to throw everything they've got against you: Tanks, missile strikes, snipers, stealth assassins, and some hulking...


WildStar playable at PAX East 2014, devs appearing on three panels

WildStar, the massively multiplayer online role-playing game from Carbine Studios, will be playable at PAX East, and the game's developers will appear on three different panels during the show, the company announced today. Visitors to the booth for NCsoft, WildStar's publisher and Carbine's parent company, will have the opportunity to play the game in two different ways. People who aren't familiar with WildStar can try the Levian Bay zone, while experienced players can check out the tougher Farside zone. And PvP fans will have the option of playing a 10-on-10 Battlegrounds match. In addition to the NCsoft booth, #562, WildStar will be available in the Intel LAN area. The NCsoft booth will allow visitors to pre-order WildStar for a chance to win a replica of the Lego rocket house being...


WildStar launches June 3 in two editions, pre-orders begin March 19

WildStar, the long-in-development massively multiplayer online role-playing game from Carbine Studios, will be released June 3, publisher NCsoft announced today. The MMO will be available in two editions, standard ($59.99) and deluxe ($74.99). WildStar's Standard Edition comes with a free 30 days of playtime, three seven-day passes for guests and an Eldan housing decor item. The Deluxe Edition includes a few additional pieces of unique Eldan-themed content: a hoverboard, a costume, a title and a dye set for armor. That package will be available digitally, and in a Steelbook case at retail. NCsoft will open pre-orders for WildStar in one week, on March 19. Pre-order bonuses are the same for both editions of the game: an exclusive rocket house, a housing decoration, an increased...

WildStar Releases
North America
  • Windows
    • Released 2014-06-03
    • Publisher NCsoft
    • Developer Carbine Studios
    • Score 7
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