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Surprise! WildStar Free-To-Play arrives later this month

Author:
Carl Phillips
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News
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Carbine Studios, Free to play, MMORPGs, NCsoft, PC games, release date, WildStar

Surprise! WildStar Free-To-Play arrives later this month

After months of waiting, we finally know when everyone and their rowsdower will be able to head down to planet Nexus. This afternoon NCSOFT and Carbine Studios announced that WildStar will be making the switch to its free-to-play model on September 29th. This will coincide with a massive content update that will add a new streamlined starting experience, many quality of life improvements, and additional content throughout the game. To ensure that everything is running smoothly, a second closed beta phase will kick off tomorrow.

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Free to be Wild at last – Why WildStar’s shift to F2P is the best thing for everyone

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
Tags:
Carbine Studios, F2P, free-to-play games, MMORPGs, NCsoft, PC games, WildStar

Well, it’s now official – WildStar will be going Free-To-Play later this year. It was only a few weeks ago that we were were speculating on such a thing, but it appears that Carbine have been listening and are ready to start making their move. Best of all, the information we have been given so far has fallen in line with expectations and avoided the dreaded “pay to win” tag.

So, in case you haven’t seen the news, here’s what is happening. This Autumn, WildStar will be going Free-to-play with all current content – which includes all 50 levels, dungeons, adventures, raids, and PvP – available to everyone who downloads the game. Meanwhile, those who subscribe as a 'Signature' player will be given bonus XP and reputation gains, additional character slots, more costume slots, and extra bank tabs. This is on top of a microtransaction store that will deal in NCoins, allowing players to buy customisation pieces and consumable convenience items similar to subscriber perks.

Admittedly there’s still plenty of work to be done before then, and it’s a shame we will have to wait until autumn for this switch to happen, but I’m just glad more people will be able to experience WildStar for themselves. It is, after all, a fun and colourful theme park MMO.

Free to be Wild at last – Why WildStar’s shift to F2P is the best thing for everyone

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Nexus or bust: Why WildStar should tear down its subscription barrier

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
Tags:
Carbine Studios, MMORPGs, NCsoft, Subscriptions, WildStar

Nexus or bust: Why WildStar should tear down its subscription barrier

These days, going down the subscription route is a dangerous road to take when you’re a theme park style MMO. After all, it’s all about getting good mileage from your monthly investment. This means regular content updates, ensuring there is entertaining and challenging encounters, and avoiding a repetitive grind. This is on top of providing balanced class abilities and PvP matches, ensuring competitive play is fair and fun, and hosting it all in an interesting and engaging world. During its first few months, WildStar managed just that, which is why I gave it 9/10 in our review last year.

Its combat was fast paced and required skill, its lore rather deep (if you went with the Scientist path), and its world filled with colour & character. However, I ended my assessment on an important point – “Providing the same level of quality & regularity continues with its content updates, there will be more than enough reason to stay on Nexus.”The sad truth is that after its first content drop finally went live it became clear that something was up. Content updates were pushed back to focus on fixes and balance issues, and when the much-touted World Story instance did arrive much later than expected it felt incredibly shallow in comparison to what we were expecting.

By December it was clear that large numbers of players had given up, but that didn’t stop Carbine from issuing those fixes and slowly delivering new content for the faithful that stuck with it. Today has finally seen the long awaited Invasion: Nexus patch, adding an arkship-load of content and a huge number of changes (too many to list here, so head over to the official website for details.) However, the monthly subscription fee had ultimately been found wanting, and a year on from its launch it’s clear a change is needed for WildStar. With last month’s reports of retailers sending back their unsold copies of WildStar (and a number of digital retailers no longer selling keys) the winds of change appear to be in the air, so we’re going to look at some of the routes WildStar could take.

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Wildstar down to £3.85 (inc. 30 days game time)

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
MMORPGs, PC games, WildStar

Wildstar down to £3.85 (inc. 30 days game time)

Wildstar is now £3.85 at ShopTo. Click here to buy! >>

This is an insanely cheap PC deal for an enjoyable MMO, even if it does become stale after a while. £3.85 will buy you one hell of a month of exploring, gunning and mobile combat, though. Thanks Turkey!

Down, but not out yet – Can WildStar turn it around for 2015?

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
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Carbine Studios, Gaming articles, MMORPGs, NCsoft, PC games, WildStar

Down, but not out yet – Can WildStar turn it around for 2015?

Man, that’s a title I didn’t think I’d be writing six months ago. Despite my positive assessment of WildStar and the entertainment it gave me in its first few months, the momentum dissipated by the end of the year. While the latest content drop helped to keep the existing fanbase content for a spell, the problem was that it wasn’t enticing those who had tried the game and left, or those who had yet to even pick up a copy. As this was happening, old behemoths were proving they were still relevant with new expansions, a suckerpunch to what was meant to be a new home for disillusioned former WoW players. Meanwhile, titles like The Secret World and especially Guild Wars 2 were demonstrating how to do an ongoing storyline with style, putting the much-touted World Story instance to shame.

It was heart-breaking to see it happen, but it was ultimately understandable. Something needed to change, and fast. So with that said, this afternoon Product Director Mike Donatelli issued a statement over on the official website detailing the battleplan for WildStar. The summary of it was that Carbine Studios know "there are important areas where we can, and must, do better in 2015 — and we are.” As such, it seems to be a good time to take look at what Carbine have in store with both the announced and unannounced content and features, reflect on the issues from the last few months, and see if WildStar can restore some of that lost excitement from last summer's launch.

Down, but not out yet – Can WildStar turn it around for 2015?

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Looking for an MMO? WildStar is now under £5

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Games deals, MMORPGs, PC games, WildStar

Looking for an MMO? WildStar is now under £5

WildStar on PC is now just £4.85 - Click here to buy >>

Oh my. Amazon have just lowered the price for WildStar even further, making it cheaper to buy than its monthly subscription.  It's the lowest price we've seen and includes 30 days of game time as well. While the game is currently facing an uphill struggle to keep its fan-base happy, there's no denying that WildStar is a fun MMO throughout its leveling process. In short, for a fiver it's more than worth a look at what will almost certainly be one of the last theme-park-based MMOs to release for a while. Thanks to Gazimoff for the tip!

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Wildstar down to £8.99 at CDKeys (includes 30 days game time)

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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MMORPG, PC games, WildStar

Wildstar down to £8.99 at CDKeys (includes 30 days game time)

Looking for a cheap Wildstar deal on the starter pack and 30 days of subscription? If so, you can pick it up for £8.99 at CDKeys, who are undercutting GAME by a quid with their Facebook voucher code.

Wildstar promised to be a great MMO, and it's an absolute blast for a month or so. Long term mileage may vary, however, and the game is undergoing a crisis of confidence right now. Still, the hours you'll spend are well worth the paltry £8.99. Bargain.

It's bargain time, cupcake! Grab WildStar from £9.99

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
MMORPGs, MMOs, PC games, WildStar

It's bargain time, cupcake! Grab WildStar from £9.99

NCsoft are still running their 50% sale on WildStar and Guild Wars 2 through Cyber Monday, but GAME actually have the former for under a tenner if you're interested in jumping into Nexus.

Do be aware, however, that the GAME listing comes with a little warning regarding timely deliveries due to "high demand".

 

50% off both Guild Wars 2 & WildStar

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
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Guild Wars 2, MMORPGs, NCsoft, PC games, WildStar

50% off both Guild Wars 2 & WildStar

Not to be outdone by Blizzard's earlier zinga of a deal, NCSOFT have unleashed their own set of deals by halving the current price of their flagship MMOs. The offer sees both Guild Wars 2 and WildStar fall below the £20 mark, making it an excellent opportunity to investigate two highly enjoyable online experiences.

A few bits of housekeeping - Guild Wars 2 is subscription free but contains optional microtransactions for mainly cosmetic items, although they have recently started charging for access to previous episodes of its ongoing Living Story (which, from what I hear, is worth the investment.) Meanwhile, WildStar does have a subscription of £8.99 per month, but a purchase comes with 30 days of game time, so you'll have plenty of time to decide if life on Nexus is for you. If you need more details, before to check out our review for Guild Wars 2 and WildStar for the full lowdown.

WildStar Preview | Checking out The Defile

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
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Carbien Studios, MMORPGs, NCsoft, The Defile, Video Previews, WildStar

WildStar Preview | Checking out The Defile
I like WildStar. I've made no secret of that fact for some time now, but it's hard to deny that, after a launch period that was filled with hope for a long and enjoyable lifespan, the enthusiasm has waned for many players who invested their time and money. There are many reasons for this - RNG nightmares for gear stats, PVP balance becoming a hot mess, and top level characters not having much to do unless they were working towards raid content. Population issues also hampered the fun, and then in-game Christmas was cancelled. Oh, and there were redundancies. Basically, there was good reason to be worried.

However, the troops are re-mobilising over at Carbine, and with the megaserver merge now live and (kind of) fixed the population situation, the long awaited third content drop is almost ready to roll. With a stronger focus on the narrative this time around, The Mystery of the Genesis Prime will tie up many of the stories that have been going on since launch, while setting up the next chapter for WildStar. Of course, that's on top of the additional group content that will be found throughout the new zone of the Defile, and I was invited by Carbine Studios to get hands-on with The Black Focus - an area that will deliver 5-player group content. It's all in our latest video preview, as I give my impressions on what I was shown, what I'm looking forward to, and if this content drop will do enough to entice disillusioned players to return to WildStar.

Is WildStar Doomed? - Game Buzz #94

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Carbine Studios, Dreamfall Chapters, Game Buzz, Podcast, PWNCAST, Shadow Warrior, Shinji Mikami, Sunset Overdrive, The Evil Within, WildStar

Is WildStar Doomed? - Game Buzz #94

This week, we talk about Carbine's staff layoffs and whether or not WildStar can bounce back from a troubling couple of months, Carl drops the lowdown on Dreamfall Chapters and we ask if it's suitable for newcomers, Jon gushes about the power of wang, and I wonder if Shinji Mikami has lost his edge.

Game Buzz | Episode 94 - Is WildStar Doomed? Recorded 17th October, 2014.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.

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COMPETITION! Win some in-game WildStar swag!

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
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Carbine Studios, Competitions, MMORPGs, NCsoft, WildStar

COMPETITION! Win some in-game WildStar swag!

If you're a fan of that WildStar game that I wouldn't shut up about for 3 years, you may have seen many opportunities for get hold of some exclusive in-game goodies that were handed out at this year's Gamescom. They were quite the dapper pieces of swag, providing a top hat and monocle costume piece, a rather executive looking table for your house, and a unique dye to give your avatar a special look. You may have thought that your last chance to grab one has past... but I think you'll find that's not true. You see, I managed to procure 10 EU codes to give away, and we're going to have a little fun in the process.

So, how do you go about getting one of these codes? Simple - amuse me!

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VIDEO INTERVIEW | What's next for WildStar?

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
Tags:
Carbine Studios, Gamescom 2014, Interviews, MMOs, NCsoft, Videos, WildStar

It's been almost three months since WildStar launched, and the team at Carbine Studios have already dropped two sizable content patches into the game. They're not done yet though, and so to learn a bit more about what is in store for the MMORPG I sat down with Lead System Designer Nick Roth at this year's Gamescom. We get the lowdown on the new zone of the Defile, the first in-game holiday event Shades Eve, and the all-new 5-man dungeon The Ultimate ProtoGames.

Half Time | Favourite Gaming Moments of 2014 So Far

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
2014 Half Time, Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, Titanfall, WildStar

2014 has been ripe with fantastic gaming opportunities already. We've already given a nod to some of the best games of the year thus far, but here are a few of our standout gaming moments and personal happenings of note that we've enjoyed in the first six months of 2014.

Jonathan Lester -- This One Time In Titanfall...

Half Time | Favourite Gaming Moments of 2014 So Far

... I'd failed to kill the flag carrier during the very last break point of the match. Desperate to regain my pride, I leapt into my mechanised pal, charged across the other side of the map (Runoff), voluntarily ejected, landed atop their base and then killed the offending wannabe hero with a well-placed satchel charge, diving to ground-level to return the flag and dying a split-second later in a hail of chaingun fire and sour grapes. Worth it.

... I single-handedly held a hardpoint location for an entire perfect game, glommed to a wall and laughing as the same irate attackers continually breached into the room expecting me to be waiting in the same location. All they succeeded in doing was bringing me a fresh stash of weapons to use, and earning me an Autopistol challenge or two to bulk up my Gen Rank.

... I destroyed a Titan via a rodeo attack and squashed its vengeful pilot with my own, hurtling down from orbit and turning his grimacing face into a pile of slag.

...Profsaurus joined us in a Game Night and laid down his virtual life so Matt, Carl and I could extract safely. We salute you.

...I fell off a roof like an incompetent tit-end.

... a thousand other brilliant and embarrassing things happened. Typically involving epic parkour and massive robots.

Titanfall may have fallen from grace (ugh) in recent weeks due to its increasingly quirky matchmaking and tedious wait times, but its gameplay is evergreen.

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WildStar: The Evil Noob #8 – Knock Knock

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Carbine Studios, MMORPGs, MMOs, NCsoft, PC games, Videos, WildStar

Last episode, we found ourselves desperately searching for a nobleman's daughter -- Lydia Horacos. Now, with Tideborn on our tails, and dangerous foes on all sides, Mechdusa and Bob clear out the Research Centre, and infiltrate the Eldan Tower where Lydia is being held. Will Corrigan Doon make himself useful? Can our heroes defeat Cortex Prime? What's the meaning of life?

All this and more in today's episode of WildStar: The Evil Noob.

Game Buzz | Episode 82 - Half Time: The Best Games Of 2014 So Far

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
2014 Half Time, Danganrompa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Dark Souls II, Game Buzz, Podcast, PWNCAST, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Watch Dogs, WildStar

Game Buzz | Episode 82 - Half Time: The Best Games Of 2014 So Far

It's Half Time, folks. We've hit July, the dead month of the release schedule, and so what better time than now to reflect on the happenings of the past six months? This week's Game Buzz is all about taking a look over some of our highlights from the first half of 2014.

Game Buzz | Episode 82 - Half Time: The Best Games Of 2014 So Far. Recorded 4th July, 2014.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.

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WildStar: The Evil Noob #7 - Drunken Rescue

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Carbine Studios, MMORPGs, MMOs, NCsoft, PC games, Videos, WildStar

After chasing down some illicit fraternising in the last episode, today's jaunt down to Nexus is all about a search and rescue. And killing giant birds.

Some rich noble's daughter has gone missing, and the adventurer sent to find her has gone missing too, presumed drunk. And the henchmen sent to give the drunkard a kick up the backside have also gone missing too. So it's up to us to venture into the local pub, siober up the sozzled mercenary, and try and find the daughter ourselves.

WildStar: The Evil Noob #6 - Filming Sex Acts In The Woods

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Carbine Studios, MMOs, NCsoft, Videos, WildStar

Happy Monday folks! Some bizarre activity from Virgin over the weekend meant that there wasn't as much time for WildStar as I would have liked, but I did manage to squeeze in enough for another episode of The Evil Noob.

In today's dip into the narrative waters of Nexus, things get a little bit messed up as we're tasked with conducting some internal investigations. After breaking into Commander Toric's office and hunting for salacious evidence of depraved misdeeds, we're ordered into the woods to see if we can catch him in the act.

To be honest, I probably should have called this episode Mechdusa and Bob: Sex Police!

Game Buzz | Episode 81 - Battlefail

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Assassin's Creed: Unity, Battlefield, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, DICE, Game Buzz, Podcast, PWNCAST, Razer, WildStar

Game Buzz | Episode 81 - Battlefail

On this week's Game Buzz we tell DICE exactly why people love the Bad Company games and stop just short of calling them idiots, we check in with WildStar now that the massive review is complete and try to determine if that subscription is justified, we wonder aloud why on Earth Razer are making an Android microconsole, and we applaud the introduction of a dedicated stealth button in Assassin's Creed: Unity.

Game Buzz | Episode 81 - Battlefail. Recorded 27th June, 2014.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.

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WildStar Review | Finale - A Cozmotronic Effort

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Carbine Studios, Games reviews, MMORPGs, NCsoft, PC games, WildStar

WildStar Review | Finale - A Cozmotronic Effort

Platform: PC

Developer: Carbine Studios

Publisher: NCSOFT

Here we are – finally at end of the review that just wouldn’t stop coming (blame Carbine accordingly for their gigantic game, I say.) There’s still a lot to get through before the verdict, but here’s a helpful hub if you’ve missed my previous instalments or want a refresher on my previous musings on WildStar.

WildStar Review | Part 1 – Initial Impressions | WildStar Review Part 2 | Blazing a trail with PvE content | WildStar Review | Part 3 – Arts & Crafts… for money!

We begin this instalment by taking a look at the Limited Action Sets and the AMP system, which acts as the skills and talent tree for WildStar respectively. As long as players are out of combat, the flexibility and user friendly nature of the LAS is one of my favourite aspects of Carbine’s efforts. Being able to swap out abilities at a moment’s notice ensures players can try new tactics and combos, along with the option of powering up equipped abilities with Tier Points to unlock bonus effects. On top of this, being able to buy new abilities from the menu without having to travel to a trainer is a godsend, as it means players no longer have to make their way back to the nearest one upon levelling up (something a lot of MMOs still do, annoyingly.)

WildStar Review | Finale - A Cozmotronic Effort

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