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The Secret World (PC)
« on: August 17, 2012, 06:44:56 AM »
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TLDR

I'm playing this game called The Secret Word. The quests are really interesting and I would recommend playing it maybe after a few updates and patches because I think certain aspects could be more robust.

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I followed this game a few years ago, back when some occultist clues were released that sent you to a website with yet more weird clues and this short trailer that didn't make a whole lot of sense but sparked my interested nonetheless.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsLXQEeLiI0

And then I forgot about it until I read that The Secret World released just this past July. I started playing about a week ago on a 30-day free trial, and so far I'm not sad about the $50 download / registration key.


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General Info

The Secret World is sort of an alternate reality game with mostly scifi elements. You select one of 3 factions (The Illuminati, The Templars, or The Dragons), which determines your main quests and character specialization.


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Character Creation

Starting at the start, character creation is a bit like Elder Scrolls where you can select a gender, hair style/color, and a limited number of other things like facial scars or tattoos. You can then select an outfit for your character.

Your character has no level. The xp you acquire can be put toward skill points and abilities. Skill points allow you to increase your proficiency with weapons or allow you to equip higher quality gear. Your abilities points purchase abilities. The right combination of abilities will give you a "deck." This deck is a specialization that gives you its particular outfit. For example, I'm working on a ninja deck that combines certain sword abilities with a few elemental abilities. The result will be a cool looking ninja outfit that will enhance certain stats. While you can purchase any ability (I think), your faction determines which decks you can actually have. Only those in the Dragon faction can get the ninja deck.


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Combat

Gameplay relies on a few directional keys (w,a,s,d) for movement and number keys 1-7 to use abilities. Unfortunately, it's difficult to use the number keys on a laptop without the separate number pad. So I recommend either desktop play or getting a full keyboard.

The combat system is pretty straightforward - target monster, use ability, win/fail. Because you can only equip 7 active abilities at one time, combat can become dull. Swing sword, shoot sparks. Swing sword, shoot sparks. And so far I haven't seen anything similar to a limit break (you know, that one saving-grace ability you use when shit just got real).

At least the quests are plentiful and designed so that you don't have to grind. Speaking of quests....


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Quests

Having no level, I was curious to figure out which mobs I could tackle and which ones would rape my face. You can get a pretty good idea by comparing hp, but the main quest seems really right on target with what you should be fighting, especially if you do a few side quests. The quests are assigned difficulties (I've seen hard, very hard, and disastrous) and have different tiers. So, you might have a 5 tier quest and the difficulty increases with each tier.

I straight up love the quests. They seem well-developed and compel me to play and figure out what's going on. I did a side quest just last night that made me Google unrelated game information just to even start the quest. (It was something like, the first coordinate for the location is 4 x the length of the Safety Dance.) The game assumes its playerbase are least somewhat clever and resourceful. It's definitely geared toward adults. Cut-scenes are often hilarious and the voice acting is surprisingly good.   

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Re: The Secret World
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2012, 07:58:49 AM »
I love the concept. Is it MMO or does it just look like it?

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Re: The Secret World
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2012, 10:16:17 AM »
Sorry, yeah that's kind of an important bit I left out. It's an MMO.

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Re: The Secret World
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2012, 05:31:58 AM »
The concept still looks amazing, but I'm vary wary of dropping $50 then a monthly subscription. I don't spend enough time in from of a computer to every justify subscription fees.

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Re: The Secret World
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2012, 17:41:45 PM »
The concept still looks amazing, but I'm vary wary of dropping $50 then a monthly subscription. I don't spend enough time in from of a computer to every justify subscription fees.
Seconded.
LOL @ Pam... if I had $20 for every time someone used that word with me... well....

I'd probably have like $60

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Re: The Secret World
« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2012, 08:14:46 AM »
I haven't started paying a subscription yet. Still on the free trial. I have to say it feels more like a solo rpg that just happens to let you party.