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Perhaps you guys can help me here.
I'm an MMO gamer. Long time. I've played since I was a 9 when UO came out. Later I got roped into Evercrack and WoW has been my off-and-on mistress for a long time. I may stray, trying other MMOs that attempt to be like WoW but slightly different. For a variety of reasons, within a month, I'm convinced these games are always trying to Out-WoW WoW and just failing miserably.
I've seen Wildstar hyped for awhile now. I assumed this game would be like all the rest. I will not use the term "WoW-Clone" as some consider it a very loaded, hatefilled term. Needless to say, however, I saw the same amount of "WoW Influence" that other games have had and didn't do so hot, like Rift. Despite this, Wildstar did so much better than ESO. It was praised by many as fresh, fun, innovative and interesting. A free guest pass fell on my lap... so I said screw it, maybe I'm wrong.
Well, got to level 12 Stalker Exile Human... and just couldn't take it anymore.
From the marching from quest hub to quest hub... to seeing hundreds of players and never having need to speak to any of them... to rushing from point A to point B... to pushing 2 buttons to blow up every mob I'm looking it... moving out of ridiculously loudly telegraphed attacks (or not, not like the enemy lives long enough to kill me even if I do nothing)
This is the same game I just left.
By level 12, I was just bored to tears. I felt like I was wasting my time. It was like playing a WoW alt - just wasting time I could be using to play my main. Moverover, I missed my guild - the friendships I made. I spent half the time talking to them on TS. They'd ask me: "So, how's Wildstar?" And I'd reply. "Not much different than WoW."
Don't get me wrong - pound for pound, I think the combat is an improvement and I could sit there double jumping for a few minutes. That was a great addition. But is this what I'm supposed to pay $60 dollars for? Why? Why don't I just save $45 this month and renew my WoW sub.
So I guess I'm asking... what is it about Wildstar that's unique, that's made you shell out $60 with no regrets? Moreover, what is it about WoW that you hate so much and that this game fixed? I honestly want to know. Or maybe I'm just getting too old for this **** and should just accept that I've outgrown the genre. Lord knows enough people have just said: "MMOs don't sound like your thing."... but if they knew how I felt when I played UO for the first 1-2 years, Evercrack for 3 more, and WoW when new content hits, I think they'd have a hard time saying that.
But WoW's serving up a 15 month content draught and I want to feel excitement again! So why isn't Wildstar making my pulse beat above 40 here?
Thank you for reading.