Wildstar is derivative I’m sure, but then again so is every other MMORPG ever these days – WoW just did it so well. I am enjoyed the hell out of it right now because it’s done for me what no other MMO has done for a while: capture that off-kilter spirit of fun which was so essential to WoW. The world is bright and friendly, cartoonish but consistent. Everything around you is disproportionate, weird but inviting at the same time.
I feel like these are characteristics which set it apart from other games enough to warrant some kind of sub-classification. Maybe not. I don’t know, but I know playing The Secret World put me in a completely different mindspace.