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A Jaded Look At Recent Steam Releases, May 29th 2014 Edition

As fate would have it, my part time schedule falls right on the 3 day head start for WildStar, which begins the very first minute of May 31st, PDT.  Being a penultimate computer gaming geek, that's the kind of thing I schedule vacation time for.   What can I say?  You have your interpretation of "vacation," I have mine.

Traffic on the WildStar forums has been surprisingly slow for a game whose release is just around the corner.  I was already expecting the usual round of investors to be shocked to discover that it is infeasible to expect to earn World of Warcraft subscription numbers given this genre's over-saturation.  However, having witnessed low forum activity, I now believe it's possible that WildStar will not even do as well as Rift or The Old Republic, which puts it less than a million subscribers.

Do I know how to back the wrong horses, or what?

That said, that's not doom for Carbine Studios if you bear in mind that EverQuest only had around a quarter…

A Jaded Look At Recent Steam Releases, May 22nd 2014 Edition

WildStar this, WildStar that.  Clearly, I'm somewhat ensnared by the game, despite it being a theme park WoW derivative in most ways.  Yes, I caved; they have my preorder, and I'm looking forward of the May 29th head start.  What can I say?  I guess I'm a sucker for a telegraphing mechanic that pushes the envelope.
Why do I make such a big deal about telegraphs, anyway?  Well, take a look at this.
Still, in many ways, WildStar feels like a step back from Guild Wars 2.  The quests are back to being no more advanced than they were in World of Warcraft.  The dynamic world event system is not really there, unless you count the amusingly elaborate idle behaviors of some of the NPCs.  All that, and we're back to paying $15/mo again.  On the upshot, at least the endgame activity variety looks quite comprehensive, and this may well prove to be the most meaningfully challenging MMORPG to date (in terms of combat mechanic).

Nevermind.  We both know what you're here for, so it…

Are there WildStar F2P Alternatives?

I think my "Jaded Look At Recent Steam Releases" feature is beginning to catch on, just a little, and I suppose that makes sense: Steam is now pushing so many titles on a weekly basis that having someone to separate the wheat from the chaff is a useful service even if it's not the most comprehensive view.

But variety is the spice of life, and so I would also like to keep the original (rather unpopular) feature of basically expressing what happens to be on my mind, and I can only apologize if this happens to be the furthest thing from yours.
Existing MMORPGs: Where The Past Is Being Patched To The Present. As you might have gathered, I am somewhat interested in WildStar, despite it being yet-another-World of Warcraft-derivative that embraces being a theme park so readily that it's a wonder they don't stamp your hand when you subscribe.
"Preselling you the home of your dreams... for money!" is a refreshingly candid admission. This is because I found that …

A Jaded Look At Recent Steam Releases, May 14th, 2014 Edition

This week has been one of much anticipation for Wildstar because, even as much as I know it's just the same old thing and even as much of a craven altaholic I am, open beta has given me a taste of what they have, and it is hard for any other game to compete.  To the developers of other games, a genuinely good MMORPG entering the market is somebody bringing a bazooka to a knife fight.

As much as I'm loathe to praise a theme park MMORPG (because it's an utter waste of a virtual world space when they could be advancing the state of sandboxes for some serious escapism) I nevertheless have to admit that a really well-made theme park experience really ups the ante of gaming.  It's like Disneyworld just built an extension to your house and, for a nominal fee of what amounts to less than your cell phone bill, you can ride all the rides and see all the attractions without having to leave the comfort of your home.  To ignore this offer means you will be spending a lot of time s…