The gaming press has been trying WildStar all week long at the E3 convention, and while Carbine didn’t bring anything new to show they’ve still gotten a lot of attention. So far most of it has been good attention, like supposedly being in the running for Ten Ton Hammer’s E3 Best in Show award. Not everyone, though, has had such a favorable response.
On Wednesday, MMO news site Massively published a hands-on report titled “Not so Wild about WildStar”. In the article author Andrew Ross complains about the very restricted trial at the E3 booth and the awkward control scheme. He also expresses disappointment that the quest system doesn’t deviate much from standard MMOs, saying of the game that “I thought I was playing World of Warcraft with Guild Wars 2’s combat with bad controls”. To be fair Ross also has some nice things to say about WildStar, including a comment that his spellslinger character “had style” and shot spells from her gun, but generally his tone is one of disappointment.
The article has prompted a strong outraged response in the Massively comments, ranging from reasonable critiques of the contents to insults about the author’s intelligence. Even Troy “Aether” Hewitt, WildStar community manager, felt compelled to step in. Hewitt commented that the folks at WildStar welcome honest criticism and requested that Massively commenters “elevate the discussion beyond dividing ourselves into camps that devolve into defaming each other’s mothers.”
One thing is certain — everyone who tries WildStar seems to have a strong opinion about it, one way or the other.