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YMMV: WildStar
  • Awesome Music: How about the entire soundtrack?
  • Creator Worship: Not to cult-like levels, but the dev team has been very, very open and communicative about the game's development, including going into the rational behind potentially unpopular stuff such as Money Sinks, and actually listening and responding to suggestions and concerns. The fan base has reciprocated with appropriate levels of adoration for this unexpected honesty.
  • Creepy Awesome: The Mordesh, to their fans. Just creepy to most everyone else.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • While the "Evil" part is up for debate, no one can argue that the Dominion exert control over the galaxy in style.
    • Agent Voxine, female Mechari and female Draken. Being in the Dominion has its perks.
  • Fandom Berserk Button: DO NOT, under ANY circumstances, mention ANY similarities to World of Warcraft. Even if you mention having fundamental genre traits, mentioning them will usually cause people to flame you. That said, some people have made a few jokes - such as calling the dominion "The Horde IN SPACE
  • Hype Aversion:
    • Given that the game was called "WoW killer number seventeen", and very few games of this genre maintained a consistent playerbase above a couple thousand after the first year (sometimes even within a few months.) it's only inevitable that some players are waiting a few months to see if the number of players logged in simply aren't simply playing Wildstar as a "One Night Stand". To be fair, this happens with a lot of online games, and has happened so much people are feeling apprehensive.
    • The fact that the game requires a subscription fee makes some people even more apprehensive about trying it out - the game is $60 right out of the box, and on top of that wants you to subscribe. As some people have described it, only World of Warcraft is able to get away with a $15/mo subscription fee. Others find the subscription fee passable, because it keeps from "Microtransactions", a feature that is very easy to become a Scrappy Mechanic.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Neither side is above some very, very awful acts.
    • The Dominion:
      • Enacting a series of oppressive policies on their own people, that resulted protests on the streets to Brightland's Rebellion.
      • Attempting and failing to exterminate the Granok after their refusal to join the empire.
      • Turning lush, verdant Arboria into a barren wasteland because the Aurin, who couldn't have possibly known the risks, traded with the human Exiles.
      • Blowing up a Nexus-bound Exile ship full of innocent refugees, then blowing up the ship that was to rescue the survivors.
      • The death of Elderroot. It's understandable, as Elderroot is a repository of valuable knowledge in the hands of the enemy, but it's a living, sentient being who can feel pain.
    • The Exiles:
      • The Aurorian Plague, targeting innocent farmers and Lowborn to cripple Dominion operations.
  • Player Punch:
    • The Stormseeker Pell. You unintentionally deliver poisoned supplies to them, killing them all. You played with their children. You helped them with their chores. You earned their trust. It's one of the first missions in Ellevar, so pretty much any new, uninformed player will do this quest arc.
    • On the Exile side, there's the fate of Deadeye Brightland's family, wiped out by a dominion artillery barrage moments from getting away to safety. They were going to name the kid after you, too.
    • Drusera's village of critters. After help construct it, the Entity proceeds to destroy all of it.
    • As an Exile, having to kill Lucy Lazarin after she is infected by the Strain
  • Scrappy Mechanic: Mashing F to escape stuns was considered very irritating, and was eventually replaced with a different quick-time event where the player has to hold down a specific movement key for a period of time instead. The newer system was much better received.
  • Squick:
    • Mordesh are still physically attractive, but the whole "suffering from a horrible disease, flesh rotting off" thing tends to be a real turn-off for most people.
    • You regularly loot and sell the body parts of your enemies.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: As said by IGN, "Sure, on the surface WildStar may look like itís overflowing with cutesy characters but dig a little deeper and youíll find a comic world bursting with crude jokes and filthy language."
  • The Woobie: Victor Lazarin's unlife suuuucccks. It all started when he accidentally turned his entire race into zombies. About the only people he cares about who HAVEN'T died yet, including Elderroot, are the Aurin Queen, a player character who advances the quest lines, his daughter, Lucy, and his Chua adversary, Mondo Zax. And then later his daughter is infected with the Strain and has to be put down, comfortably putting Victor Lazarin on a list of people the universe just plain hates.

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