With the hype surrounding WildStar and my own amazing experiences in the beta test, I had no choice but to make it my new MMO of choice. The real question was whether or not I would buy a leveling guide. When I decide to buy guides, I like to get my money’s worth. This time around, I ultimately went with Killer Guides’ WildStar Leveling Guide because its comprehensive coverage focuses on all facets of the game. More than just a walkthrough or leveling guide, it also provides tips and tricks on paths, suggests builds for all 6 classes and how to best utilize dungeons and PvP. It even goes so far as to demystify the housing system.
Who is Killer Guides?
Unlike guides written by people trying to crank out a minimum amount of information so they can move on to their next project, the author of each Killer Guide is an actual hardcore player of the game. Who wouldn’t want to benefit from the time an expert has put into learning and min-maxing their classes? It’s just like finding the best pearls of wisdom from the forums without having to sift through all the trolling and bad grammar.
Another great thing about Killer Guides’ system is that with each patch or expansion released on the game, a new free update is released for your guide. The same expert player who wrote the original guide is contracted to keep it updated with current content for as long as the guide remains live on the site, making sure each patch and expansion is covered with consistent and accurate quality.
The formatting of the Killer Guides’ walkthrough is simple to follow, but contains a comprehensive amount of information on leveling for both Exile or Dominion faction.
The author seems to have put a lot of thought into making a guide that simultaneously progresses character levels and path rank. Besides saving me the trouble of leveling separately, it also means I don’t have to deal with the annoyance of having to travel back and forth between zones while you level.
I really like how the guide offers choices while leveling. While the casual player may want to take their time and expertly explore the game at a leisurely pace, those racing to Elder Game could potentially use the guide’s strategies to hit level cap in a week.
I appreciated that the guide also took into account the best way to earn achievements while leveling. Even if a player knows the quickest route, focusing only on the race to fifty can feel like quite the grind. It’s nice to snag a little bonus every once in a while.
Carving out a build as you level in a new MMO can be daunting, and oftentimes newer players make bad choices that slow their progress. With this guide, I found it easy to navigate the AMP system and make the best decisions for my spellslinger playstyle while not wasting any points to get to the next skill tier.
To even further increase efficiency, the guide suggests the best limited action sets and rotations for each tree while explaining and analyzing each skill in depth. I not only know what to do, but why I’m doing it.
Beyond Level Cap
Calling this a ‘leveling guide’ is a little misleading since it also includes a comprehensive section on life after level cap, which I plan to use quite a bit as I progress through increasingly difficult Elder Game content. The guide boasts the possibility to make the most efficient use of each play session, even if it’s just 30 minutes a day. As someone whose work and family schedule often makes my gaming sessions much too short, that’s music to my ears.
In addition to an extensive set of tips for Elder Game, the guide also includes useful information on the housing system and optimizing PvP performance.
Overall, I feel that the WildStar Killer Guides has been a useful companion while leveling so far. While it could use a few more images and may be a bit lengthy for some, the promise of updates and the ability to give feedback to the author mean the quality of the guide will only improve with future updates.
While I understand that spending money on a leveling guide sight unseen may be a little risky, the right guide is worth every penny. Any old walkthrough can get you to 50, but the fact that this guide makes me feel like I have a deeper understanding of almost every aspect of the game means I spent my money well.
Given this guide’s incredible depth and accessibility level appropriate for both new and experienced players, it’s definitely worth looking into.