but on topic, blizz will get the WoD beta out just in time for ESO release - tbh, even if they send me a key for WoD beta (having been in the last 2 betas) i probably wont make much use of it, as i've pointed out in other WoD threads, there's just nothing that excites me about it.
i've played wow for near enough 8 years and it's just time to move on, i enjoyed probably 6 of those 8 years, but the last 2 years i've just got more and more casual as my guild fell apart and tbh they were the only thing that kept me playing.
so long and thanks for all the loot
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ESO isn't positioned as a true competitor to WoW but an alternative. Wildstar on the other hand is positioned squarely as a "WoW Killer" (although not for me). So I doubt they are worried about ESO since it appeals to a totally different type of gamer.
Honestly I played both ESO and Wildstar a bit and neither appealed to me one bit (if they were f2p I'd likely check one or both out, but not as a paid sub), in fact I could barely last 20 minutes in Wildstar before I was basically like "What the hell is this?" and stopped. Just nothing that caught my eye or attention, with graphics more cartoony than WoW (although to be fair that's the intent). ESO I think it was more that I despise the controls on the PC; if I was playing on a playstation or something then I might have enjoyed it more.
I really felt i was playing Skyrim, and that pleased me as i liked Skyrim a lot. It just fell short of convincing me it can be a good, nay, even an MMO to begin with.
This being said, i enjoyed much more the time i spent on ESO than on Wildstar, maybe due to the Skyrim thingy i just mentioned.
Disclaimer: The majority of my posts might be dripping in sarcasm. Don't take everything I say literally.
Take Ratchet and Clank, sprinkle some Clone Wars, add a little GW2, and voila: you have WildStar. The 'engaging' combat is really a matter of moving out of glowing shapes and such on the ground, and no matter what people say, I found myself using 3-4 abilities for the first 20 or so levels.
I personally enjoy the art style and goofiness, but there's no 'hooks' in the lore or backstory. I literally just ran around and shot shit for a couple days because the game told me to run around and shoot shit. Same old questing, very grindy, just meh all around.
It'll find a decent playerbase, but it's not the game for me. Should be about as successful as RIFT, as someone stated earlier.
But yeah I'm sure that the WildStar devs would love to think that all the huge audibly soulcrushing missed expectations aren't their fault.
Nobody has seen TESO endgame yet, so can't tell if that will hold me once I finish levelling. I was enjoying the levelling game enough to say that I'm going to keep it for 60 days. If there isn't big WoW news once I'm done TESO levelling and TESO endgame doesn't suck then WoW is going to have to, er, wow me to get me back.
tbh, i wonder if wildstar and ESO appeal to different generations of gamers
wildstar seems more appealing to the 15-30 age group
whereas ESO seems more appealing for those 30+
...says the 32 year old
i have absolutely no evidence to back this up, but that seems to be the vibe i get - i could be completely wrong, but i might be on the money
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Another shitty game.. nothing will ever be more popular than WoW.
This whole thread explains in a pretty nice manner how can Beliebers exist.
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Even with their bullshit of the more expensive expansion that releases way later than it should, Blizzard still has nothing to fear from either WildStar or ESO.
I played 3 or 4 beta weekends on WildStar and couldn't tell you anything about the worlds I was playing on. One was a desert, uhh, and I shot a lot of things. Started out on a ship and ran around killing bunny people who were stealing vegetables.
No hook what-so-ever.
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