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WildStar Review in Progress: So Far, They've Done It. Score 9/10

SaluteSalute AthensPosts: 766Member Uncommon

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  • reemireemi granby, QCPosts: 43Member Common
    I will never understand that... 
  • DMKanoDMKano Gamercentral, AKPosts: 8,575Member Uncommon

    You call that a review - it's just a page long "I love this game" with a score slapped at the end.

    Here I can do it.

    Wildstar is cool - 

    Score 10/10

    The problem is obvious - there are no categories, no details discussing how exactly the score got to be what it is. The review is based on what - the first 14 levels??? How many hours of gameplay is that?

    What about talking about mid, late, end game? 

    Hence it's not really a review.

  • JoeyMMOJoeyMMO SomewherePosts: 1,326Member
    9/10 for one reviewer who got to level 20 and did his first dungeon and found that awesome (as most do). That doesn't quite cry longevity just yet. Grains of salt, don't leave home without them.

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  • KyleranKyleran Tampa, FLPosts: 20,008Member Uncommon
    There has never been a MMO worthy of a score of 9 out of 10, it implies near perfection, and even after many years the best of them are in the 8.x range.

    Reviews that are disingenuous are not worth a whole bunch.

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  • DMKanoDMKano Gamercentral, AKPosts: 8,575Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Kyleran
    There has never been a MMO worthy of a score of 9 out of 10, it implies near perfection, and even after many years the best of them are in the 8.x range.

    Reviews that are disingenuous are not worth a whole bunch.

    I agree - WS review is a good example - seeing those 10/10 aesthetic, 9/10 social and 9/10 longevity scores from MMORPG.COM was cringeworthy to me.

    I mean just NO, I can't think of any MMORPG that I'd give 9/10 in any category

     

     

     

  • CouganCougan DoncasterPosts: 394Member
    A lot of marketing and hype both post and pre launch to disguise a typical themepark not much better than Rift.
  • MalviousMalvious Knoxville, TNPosts: 207Member Uncommon
    Yawn reviews

    Fine, we'll compromise. I'll get my way & you'll find a way to be okay with that.

  • HaritsukeHaritsuke Firth, NEPosts: 18Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by DMKano
    Originally posted by Kyleran
    There has never been a MMO worthy of a score of 9 out of 10, it implies near perfection, and even after many years the best of them are in the 8.x range.

    Reviews that are disingenuous are not worth a whole bunch.

    I agree - WS review is a good example - seeing those 10/10 aesthetic, 9/10 social and 9/10 longevity scores from MMORPG.COM was cringeworthy to me.

    I mean just NO, I can't think of any MMORPG that I'd give 9/10 in any category

     

    I played Wildstar in the Beta to level 12 and discovered I was tired of quest-hub leveling, so I passed on purchasing the game.  So I'm no Wildstar fanboy.

    But I'd like to point out that most of those who have responded to this article have a grading scale for games that is quite different from the industry standard.  The review posted in this thread and MMORPG's review of Wildstar, though on the higher end, still fall within the range of the vast majority of reviews of Wildstar, which has a metascore of 81 from 28 critical reviews so far and also a relatively high user score of 7.8.

    It's okay to be tired of themepark MMO's.  But it is disingenuous to create your own standard of judging MMO's that is different from the industry norm and then to knock reviewers for using the standard measurement.  

    Game reviews are like grades in school.  You don't have to have "near perfect" intelligence to get an A, you just have to be smarter than most others.  To get a 90 is like getting an A in school - it doesn't imply near perfection, it implies that it is among the best of its kind of game.  So far most reviewers have agreed that Wildstar is well above average as an MMO.

  • Pratt2112Pratt2112 Posts: 1,538Member Uncommon

    Yeah...

    Reads more like a "how I spent my Summer vacation" report, than a review. They also use the all too common "fanboy-like" tactic of never issuing a criticism without either presenting it in a dismissive manner, or immediately following it up with something that makes it "not a big deal". Big red flag there.

    Also, his statements about why XIV 1.0 received so much hate for its problems while WS doesn't was just so off-mark, I wonder if he even followed XIV 1.0, or is just gleaning what people have said on the web. FFXIV 1.0's problems went far beyond just being "bugs". The game's design, infrastructure, engine... all of it was bad.

    Beyond that, to put it simply:  Carbine is not SquareEnix. Wildstar is not Final Fantasy. One is a large, established company with a decades long, highly popular franchise. The other is a brand-new studio with their first title. I'd think none of that would require an explanation. But I guess I'd be wrong.

    It's also convenient how he never talks about how relatively *little* hate, and how much praise FFXIV 2.0 received. Hmmm.. I wonder why?

    He made some really "huh?" worthy remarks, to me.

    This bit jumped out at me:

    "The first time I thought “Man, this game really has a chance” Was when they introduced me, at level 14, to my house"

    Really? 14 levels of content, that he spoke overwhelmingly positive about, and the first time felt that was when he saw his house? Hmmm...

    There's also this bit:

    "We’ve seen derivatives of this style of combat before in games like TERA and Guild Wars 2."

    This may be a bit nit-picky, and it could well just be odd sentence structure, but does that read to anyone else like he's calling TERA and GW2's combat derivative of WS's? That sentence just struck me as odd when I read it.

    Anyway... as for the score, it seems to me that, at least with how things tend to work around here, that if he only got to level 20, then he didn't experience enough of the game to form an opinion and hence his remarks on it don't matter. Fans come out of the woodwork, declaring that, when someone gives a negative review based on limited gameplay. Wonder if those same people would hold the same standard to someone praising it?

    Hmmm...

     

     

  • rnor6084rnor6084 brunswick, GAPosts: 109Member
    9/10? No mmo is that good or will be.
  • Soki123Soki123 Kelowna, BCPosts: 1,484Member Uncommon

    First 10 levels, loved it. Next few levels, started to get annoyed. 30+ the game just got flat out annoying. Didn t even finish the free month, it really is that annoying with it s over the top wannabe humor, telegraphs became a joke, no skill just red f n cones everywhere, the questing was abysmal, the pvp was even worse, and finally the dungeons were not even fun in the least. Review

    5/10.

     

  • LudwikLudwik Rochester, NYPosts: 401Member Uncommon
    I think GW2 at launch was worthy of a 9/10.
  • AeonbladesAeonblades Home, GAPosts: 2,083Member
    Originally posted by DMKano
    Originally posted by Kyleran
    There has never been a MMO worthy of a score of 9 out of 10, it implies near perfection, and even after many years the best of them are in the 8.x range.

    Reviews that are disingenuous are not worth a whole bunch.

    I agree - WS review is a good example - seeing those 10/10 aesthetic, 9/10 social and 9/10 longevity scores from MMORPG.COM was cringeworthy to me.

    I mean just NO, I can't think of any MMORPG that I'd give 9/10 in any category

     

     

     

    I'm of the same line of thought. No game released in the past 5 years + Has even been remotely close to a 9/10 at launch. Maybe even ever. The only game I can think of that would deserve a 9/10 is maybe DAoC.

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  • TheQuietGamerTheQuietGamer brightonPosts: 317Member

    News just in regarding the internet: -

    Any incompetent fool can set up a site and post their opinions; they can even type numbers next to them.  

     

  • AeonbladesAeonblades Home, GAPosts: 2,083Member
    Originally posted by TheQuietGamer

    News just in regarding the internet: -

    Any incompetent fool can set up a site and post their opinions; they can even type numbers next to them.  

     

    Also, Breaking news story: Boiling water is hot enough to hurt you! You'll have our full 20 minute report at 11.

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  • TimzillaTimzilla Ramona, CAPosts: 437Member
    Only the games I like deserve high scores.
  • MurlockDanceMurlockDance ParisPosts: 1,223Member

    Haven't read the review but this game is in no way shape or form a 9/10. It could be a 9/10 eventually, perhaps, but as of right now I think it is grand max an 8/10 (it is also fully possible that the score could go down eventually, all depends on what Carbine chooses to do from now on). This is coming from someone who enjoys the game and is subbing to it at least medium term.

    I would give it a high 7, like a 7.8 or so out of 10. But then I am of the opinion that that is a really good score and that some of the scores I have seen on some of the games listed here are way too high, like for GW2. I would rate that one as only a 7.5. The only decently scored game I have seen on the list here on mmorpg and that I agree with is that of EVE's out of the games I have played. The user score for W* is about right on how I feel about the game too.

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  • VolgoreVolgore Posts: 2,212Member Uncommon
    From what i keep reading on various forums, the game is a 8/10 until you reach lvl50. Then it's rather 6/10.

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  • SaluteSalute AthensPosts: 766Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Volgore
    From what i keep reading on various forums, the game is a 8/10 until you reach lvl50. Then it's rather 6/10.

     

    Imho its the exact opposite. I would give an 6/10 for the leveling process and 9/10 for the end game

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  • StevonStevon Rancho Cucamonga, CAPosts: 190Member

    Wildstar is a very well built game.  Solid coding (some bugs of course), interesting combat and somewhat interesting dungeon/raid content (however pretty much made to be exclusive to "hardcore" players).

     

    Where Wildstar is failing miserably is the following:

    1.  Quests are so boring and tedious that it's pretty much a race to 50 if you don't want to be bored to death

    2.  If you expect to run dungeons successfully for decent gear be ready to spend hours learning and unless you are highly skilled (and your team is as well) forget any endgame content.

    3.  The developers elitist attitudes will be the end of the game.    A good "raiding" game requires a solid economy and base of non-raiding players to sustain it.  If you are forced to raid for hours and hours a night to progress you don't have time for other things, like gathering materials for food/potions or similar activities.   These activities are where the casual playerbase comes in, stocking the AH with the items you need to raid.    With the lack of a compelling game outside of the "hardcore!" raiding (and the rediculous barrier to entry to get into raiding via the attunement process) there won't be many casuals left come another month or so.

    Carbine obviously haven't learned from the past or the smart decisions made by companies like Blizzard to create "normal" difficulty content at the end game.    Many of us remember the days of Naxxramus in WoW where due to the lack of accessible content many players left.   Many of the WoW dev team were fired over the fact that only 2% of the population ever made it to Naxx and it looks like Carbine is making the same mistake here and they will not have the padding of multiple millions of subscribers to fall back on.

  • DoogiehowserDoogiehowser ParisPosts: 1,873Member
    Why not just give it 10/10 and get done with it.

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  • RylahRylah Tribal VillagePosts: 193Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Doogiehowser
    Why not just give it 10/10 and get done with it.

    You are too modest. 12/10 I say. Not for that horribad game, just because you can!

  • BladestromBladestrom edinburghPosts: 4,946Member Uncommon
    1. If you pick up the generic filler quests don't complain that your quest log is full of generic quests.

    2. Or just learn then content like we used to play games. Asside from this, their is content for every skill level - and get this - content to gravitate towards as you get better and get better gear. That's a deck ton better than the embarrassment and disappointment of having a game continually nerfed to match the least skilled.

    3. casual, I love the idea of difficult content I can build up skill in, if I want a game to stroke my gear fetish I will play wow or d3.

    4. You picked the single raiding instance in wow that had 2% access. So what, At the same time people were having immense fun battling in AQ40 and I don't remember any whining about it back then. It's actually ok and fun to have a goal to aim for.

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  • sumdumguy1sumdumguy1 avondale, AZPosts: 962Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by DMKano

    You call that a review - it's just a page long "I love this game" with a score slapped at the end.

    Here I can do it.

    Wildstar is cool - 

    Score 10/10

    The problem is obvious - there are no categories, no details discussing how exactly the score got to be what it is. The review is based on what - the first 14 levels??? How many hours of gameplay is that?

    What about talking about mid, late, end game? 

    Hence it's not really a review.

    And BINGO was his name!  Agree100%

  • DistopiaDistopia Baltimore, MDPosts: 16,916Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Bladestrom
    1. If you pick up the generic filler quests don't complain that your quest log is full of generic quests.

     

    Please stop telling people what they can or cannot complain about. If the content people find is generic they have every right to call it out as being so. A game's worth is made by the whole of what it offers, not just what people like to cherry pick out and prop up.

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