Global Chat: Gearing up in WildStar

    
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If you’re anything like me, when you get to the max level in a game, there’s a general flailing of hands and a feeling of inner stupidity that go along with the thought of “what do I do now?”

That’s why I’m deeply and profoundly grateful for Asmiroth, who put together two incredibly helpful guides to WildStar’s endgame PvE gearing and rune system. Seriously, he’s doing all of the heavy ‘splaining that the game should’ve done in the first place. It’s quite straight-forward and useful, which are two qualities that I find attractive in a blog post.

If WildStar isn’t your jam, don’t worry. Today’s blog tour includes stops at Asheron’s Call 2, World of Warcraft, and Guild Wars 2, among others!

AC2 is Back

This was a strange and delightful find for me: a Tumblr devoted entirely to a player’s journey back into the realm of Asheron’s Call 2. It’s more pictures than thoughts, but for those like me who are curious what this fringe MMO holds, it’s quite illuminating.

“Sighhh, Asheron’s Call 2 was my first MMO and it had monster races and it’s currently available for 10 bucks,” the author commented.

Soul of the Forest: World of Warcraft: Legion game systems

Longtime Moonkin player Ocean has a handy breakdown of the major game systems and improvements coming with Legion, along with her commentary on each. Overall? She’s quite excited.

“I’m glad they’re simplifying the class abilities,” Ocean writes. “They’re doing away with the majority of the charges, runes, and all that crap. I think that should make it much easier to play the classes.”

Superior Realities: World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor review

Speaking of WoW, Tyler has a “giant rant” looking back at Warlords of Draenor. He has much to say about the expansion in retrospect, and little of it is kind. It is entertaining, however, especially for the phrase “Maryest of Sues.”

“Even if all the other issues hadn’t been a factor, WoD would still be an underwhelming expansion based purely on how small and unambitious it was,” Tyler writes. “WoW’s development has always been a case of two steps forward and one step back. Every expansion has made big mistakes. But Warlords of Draenor is the first expansion to do more harm than good.”

Why I Game: GW2: Epic is the expansion’s watchword

Let’s swing back the fan pendulum to “thrilled” for a bit and read Jeromai’s initial impressions of Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns. He’s calling the expansion “epic” and has several examples to back that up.

“Everything is larger than life and supremely gorgeous. There may be only four maps, but they are probably some of the world’s most dense and tangled maps that an MMO has ever produced,” Jeromai writes.

Blessing of Kings: Has Final Fantasy XIV caught World of Warcraft?

Rohan’s had an interesting thought based on some admittedly vague press releases. He posits that as World of Warcraft has shrunk, Final Fantasy XIV could be just as big as the former king of mainstream MMOs.

“In my view, FFXIV is now roughly the same size as WoW. With a new FFXIV content patch coming next week, and no new content in sight for WoW, it’s possible that FFXIV will actually surpass WoW and claim the crown of ‘largest subscription MMO’ in the near future,” he states.

I Have Touched The Sky: Storytelling

Maybe stories aren’t everyone’s thing, but they’re quite important to Rowan. And he is darn well impressed with what’s been done in SWTOR: Knights of the Fallen Empire, although Rowan does have some reservations about how it doesn’t make allowance for duoing.

“The improved cinematography has led to some epic shots,” he said. “None handy right now, sorry. Besides, screenshots can’t effectively portray some of the angles, pans, and zooms that give KotFE its epic feel.”

Every day there are tons of terrific, insightful, and unusual articles posted across the MMO gaming blogosphere — and every day, Justin reads as many as he can. Global Chat is a sampling of noteworthy essays, rants, and guides from the past few weeks of MMO discourse.
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groo the wanderer
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groo the wanderer

BritoBruno groo the wanderer  Radfist  I only have a couple of hours to play a night myself in the week but so I probably have about as much time as they do but what does it take to go and look up a web page that to have a look and see how something works . 

Here is a tip if you don’t have the time to play a long ass game don’t play an mmorpg in the first place . The fact you do still play them while you don’t have the time says a hell of a lot more about you .

BritoBruno
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BritoBruno

groo the wanderer  Radfist Lol, passive-aggressive much? What the hell, man, calm down.
What destroyed the “depth and challenge ( ah, the nostalgia glasses )” from your games was the fact that all this crowd who had time to play those long ass games, guess what, they grew up, and they DON’T HAVE THE TIME ANYMORE.
If you do have that time, that says more about you, than about the casual crowd you so detest.

zotohime80
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zotohime80

Siphaed I’m pretty sure Blizz has said that Garrisons are a WoD thing only and will not carry over to Legion.

wolfyseyes
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wolfyseyes

Wow those guides were excellent. Thank you for the lead!
Another good round of blogs all around. It was nice to read the upbeat delight regarding HoT in particular.

asmiroth
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asmiroth

Appreciate the (sizeable) bump.  It’s a pet peeve of mine that Wildstar doesn’t do enough to explain what to do at level 50, in particular for Runes.  The difference between a fresh 50 and one that’s spent 30 minutes doing a quick scan of the AH, filling the rest with PvP gear and then applying runes to it all is massive.  It’s like gaining an extra 5 levels to the character.

And you’d never even know.

groo the wanderer
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groo the wanderer

Radfist I didn’t find it all that complex . Just do the quest then you will have the basics . As with most mmo’s you have to do a little research but if you think that was too complex for you then you may be better served by either playing World of Warcraft again or even Hello Kitty Online .

It sounds like you need something more streamlined and more entry level if you had difficulty with the rune system Wildstar because our guild is new to the game and not one of us has had an issue with the crafting and we are far from hard core gamers . 

God spare us from people like you who want to dumb everything down to the NTH degree its people like you whose moaning has destroyed any depth and challenge in many of the mmos on the market .

ColdinT
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ColdinT

That’s such a sad scene in Wildstar…..and yet it means nothing without context.

woolydub
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woolydub

As soon as the new shininess of Battlefront wears off for me I will be diving into WildStar a ton more. Thanks for the guide!

Radfist
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Radfist

WoD was the first WoW expansion that I actually regretted. MoP was vastly superior in every way, but everyone was too distracted by the Pandaren to notice.
Also I agree that WS rune system is too complex for newbie players.  I had to actively research what to do, which isn’t a good thing with the games target audience.

Siphaed
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Siphaed

I do question WoW’s ‘garrisons’ feature.  Is that even being carried over to Legion?  A large portion of WoD was to invest both time and resources to making a player’s own personal mini-town (“WoW’s variation of housing!”).  Sure it is tied to location set within Draenor, but how is that even an issue?  Developmental forethought would be to find location to set up an extension or instanced location in the new zones for the next expansion.  But that doesn’t seem to be the case.  It seems as though Blizzard did a whole “We tried housing, our version sucked, let’s just abandon it.”.  

Guild Wars 2 Guild Halls, on the other hand,  will be ever expansive with new content additions as more decorations and trophies become available (see Halloween decor during that event, and Wintersday stuff said to be available soon).   The feature ties in resources from old maps and new, missions all over the game’s world (assuming one doesn’t just select purely sPvP or WvW only missions), and provides a whole lot to guilds once invested.   The overall hall is roughly the size of a small city and takes a village to work together to accomplish the building aspects of it; a far cry from WoW’s design for solo content Garrisons.

[Speaking of GW2 Guild Halls, the Massively OP guild has a guild hall now! Obtained just this past weekend. And we’re working towards trying to upgrade it further.]