WildStar: Level 50? Check!

So I spent the last few weeks somewhat addicted to this fascinating title, WildStar. It reminds me initially of the launch of many of World of Warcraft’s own expansion launches. I say this, because the launch was relatively smooth and issue free. Sure, if I had moved off the server Pergo right away, I’d of been level 50 probably a week ago. Still, Rowsdower and the leveling experience after the queue debacle has been a very enjoyable trip.

Most of what I enjoyed about the game was how the difficulty wasn’t arbitrarily adjusted like in Guild Wars 2. Guild Wars 2 had this nasty habit of increasing mob density as a way of artificially increasing the difficulty of certain zones. They had no mechanic in place, beyond the elite mob status, of requiring a 5-man (or 2-man, or anywhere else for that matter) team to kill a monster. As a result the difficulty went from zero to hero very quickly.

In WildStar difficulty comes in numerous ways, but the primary means of increasing difficulty is the frequency and scope of telegraphs. I died numerous times throughout the leveling curve to 50 because I got caught blinded and obliterated by a death telegraph (a move some monsters can do that basically one shot you if you fail to avoid them). I wouldn’t say it was frustrating, merely one of those acknowledged moments where you got beat. It reminded me of the raid-grind in WoW where death was inevitably a part of learning encounters.

My trip through Nexus also provided a fascinating insight into the grouping process that was absent from the Elder Scrolls Online. Groups ARE needed in WildStar, which is clearly the polar opposite of ESO. I hopped into a group for a few zone 5+ man group quests and swapped over to my medics healing build. Despite not being geared for healing, I felt effective at keeping the group up through the quests. It was fun, interesting, and challenging. I got the distinct feeling that if more quests had been around of the 5-man variety that my group would have likely tried to tackle them all.

Instead, we finished the 3-4 quests that were provided and we all moved on. Simple, Quick, Efficient. No need for group finders… just provide a constant stream of group quests and the players will figure it out themselves. We did.

My only complaints thus far were some of the buggier quest lines with Drusera (spelling?). Basically its a main-quest line series that introduces you to the Genesis Prime being. While I typically ignore quest dialogues, I found myself actually reading this one. Its an interesting introduction into why players don’t want the Strain to succeed at destroying the universe (duh? :P). The problem is the quest line feels incomplete; players are told to build things with her magical powers, yet almost all of the interface for doing so is horrifically broken. Additionally, completing these “portal” quests in Thayd send you to a secret ops office buried under ground. Yet no introduction or quest lines prior to this introduce this room or its purpose. I ended this series wondering what the hell the secret ops room was for. It felt like the developers wanted to put more into here but ran out of time.

Beyond the minor nitpicking, my trip to 50 was slower than most, but altogether 2 weeks to 50 is rather short in my opinion. I found the experience enjoyable, made much more so by the combat system than any of the quests themselves. The mix of kill this and gather that were fairly equally spread. Near the end, the level 48-50 quests felt particularly grindy, but altogether the questing was interesting and varied. If you are trying to choose a way to level up in WildStar you can’t go wrong with the quest route (or PVP for that matter!).

Next up on my list of things to do; Read up on what to do post-50. The list is extensive and I’m sure like in WoW the game is just about to start for me. I can’t wait to start the Genetic Archives 20 man attunement series (and all of the challenging 5 man Dungeons!).

#wildstar #levelingcurve

On a side note; I’ve been playing with streaming and all that jazz. I’ll be putting up nightly streams when I do play so if you are bored and wanna see me healing you’ll know where to find me!

7 thoughts on “WildStar: Level 50? Check!

  1. nice.. I’m sitting at 25 now and have played a bit of time but I think it mostly went into building stuff on my housing plot haha… oh, and those few dungeon runs that take hours each

  2. From the small sample size I’ve, I’d say that’s about normal. ~100 hours is a decent chunk.

    Anecdote – I wrote guides for WoW back in the day. Vanilla /played to 60 was around 6 days, at a rush. I leveled a monk in MoP to 90 in under 2. RIFT was 4 days to 50 at launch, expansion added ~3 days. STO is under 2. SWTOR was around 2. FF14 about 4. ESO to VR10 is about 250 hours if I recall, so 10 days – I gave up at level 40 personally.

    It’s interesting when you look at them all side by side. Einstein’s relative time quote applies I think. An hour sitting with a pretty girl on a park bench passes like a minute, but a minute sitting on a hot stove seems like an hour.

  3. Thanks for the comment Asmiroth, I logged in and got you my played time: 4 days, 11 hours, 36 minutes. So no idea what thats representative of. Decent amount of time however.

  4. Grats on 50. I don’t know if your trip was slower than most mind you, as my guild only has 2-3 people at 50 and dozens more than are in the 20s/30s. Perhaps a /played would be more representative, or related to zone completness. I do hear that if you skill a bunch of the tasks and focus on the main quest line, progress is much faster. I’ve explored every nook though, and with 2.5 days /played I’m sitting at 39. Our 50s are between 2-4 days.

    Funny about the Drusera quest line. I am extremely curious as to story, it seems like there’s a lot of promise. Buggy as all hell mind you, so I’m inclined to agree that the devs ran out of time. Likely expanded in the content drop for July.

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