I don’t think that you can argue that Wildstar is aimed straight for WoW players in general and ex-WoW players in particular. They are really trying to amp up the nostalgia with their implementation of 40 man raiding at the endgame. Check out this Devspeak video about raiding:
40 man raids. Attunement quests. Its all there and its all straight from Vanilla WoW.
I can appreciate this. There are thousands of players who long for a return to the old days of World of Warcraft. Look at any MMO forum and you will find them. Hell, I am one of them. I loved Vanilla WoW. I think WoW has lost something in its search for the casual player.
But I am not sure what they have lost is something Wildstar has found.
I have said I am no fan of the telegraph system in Wildstar. If only a few abilities are telegraphed it would probably be okay but when you telegraph everything it just looks horrible. Its a mish-mash of colored boxes, circles, triangles and cones on the ground and it just looks like a geometry monster vomited Skittles all over the place.
To top it off, I don’t think it adds much to the combat system. You can accomplish everything they do without all the multi-colored telegraphs all over the place. Guild Wars 2 does it. Age of Conan does it. So does Tera and Elder Scrolls Online. And, yes, I know it can be turned off but if you turn it off you are automatically at a distinct disadvantage to all the players with them on.
I am sorry, I love PvP but this just looks horrible: