I’ve got WildStar on the brain again, as I’m internally cursing Carbine for making my prospective racial choice for my main character a really tough one. Instead of one race leaping out as “the best,” I could easily see myself playing about five of the eight races and not being disappointed with them. But as for right now, here’s my preferences from most to least favorite:
You had me at “techno space zombies.” I love playing zombie or mechanical races, such as WoW’s Forsaken, because they ooze imperfection (and other bodily fluids). I not only really dig the patched-together-by-science look of the Mordesh, but their backstory too. They mostly got wiped out by a plague and the survivors were shunned by the oh-so-pure Dominion. I’m also leaning toward playing Exile, so the Mordesh seem like a good fit.
Shut up. I know this is the closest the game has to elves, but there’s something drawing me to them and I don’t just mean the Playboy Bunny facade. I think I just like races that project a light-hearted goofy attitude. Plus tails are kind of cool.
Normally, the default tiny race would be my top pick, but there’s something holding me back about these guys. I kind of get a New Jersey auto mechanic-meets-Aussie Outback vibe from them, and the crazy anarchist streak is somewhat appealing, but it’s almost like they’re trying too hard. Still, they’d be a solid pick.
C’mon, sentient robots are always awesome. It’s a shame they’re Dominion, but such is life. They remind me a bit of DDO’s Warforged, and those were always fun to play. They feel different when you’re piloting something that doesn’t have living flesh.
If I was forced to take the boring human route, I’d probably prefer Cassian over Exile Human just because they have this cold, severe aesthetic that is wicked awesome.
6. Exile Human
Man, Carbine just struggles with naming this race, don’t they? It’s listed as “Human (Exile)” which is just all kinds of awkward. Anyway, they get points for being Exile and having all class picks available, but they’re also the vanilla choice.
Eh, big hulking stone dudes. That might be some people’s things, but that’s the polar opposite of what I usually go for.
Is it me, or do the Draken seem like a race that was designed by and for 8th grade boys who want something that looks like the cover of an only-slightly-risque heavy metal album? There’s just nothing about this race that appeals at all, sorry.