And so it begins...
Ah, The Secret World, a buy to play MMORPG made, and published by Funcom. You know Funcom from Anarchy Online, and Age Of Conan. So, what's so cool about The Secret World? Well, it's not a fantasy MMORPG, it's based on a modern setting, which is actually really refreshing, even though the game came out in 2012. It's one of the few games that offers more open game play. There is no set classes, you chose your skills with weapons. Shotgun, Assault Rifle, Fist, Sword, Hammer, Chaos, Blood, Elemental, and Pistol. There is a lot of mixing and matching as well, so theory crafters like myself will love this game. I can think all day of builds to do in this game, and just have fun with it. Though, more work well together than others. The game looks fantastic, and plays really smooth. Overall, it's a blast to play, and i'm looking forward to writing it for you guys. In this first post, i'm just going to talk a little about the game, and what I like about it, before I jump into game play and other things in the second post. Just a little background though, I have played this game since 2012, played it a little bit in 2013, and coming back to it now in 2014, and a lot has changed since then. I believe they have come up with 8 big updates, which they call "Issues", so we are currently looking forward to Issue 9.
Where this game really shines is the story line, and questing. To me, this game has the best story line. Voice acting is superb, and it just really drags you into the game, and it's just a great thing. I should note this game is buy to play, and has a cash shop. The cash shop does sell start weapons, even though I have them, because I purchased a starter pack, it does not break the game in any shape or form. So, when if your new and you see that, don't be alarmed. It's not that big of a deal. What I like about the game, and the cash shop, you don't need to rush into buying Issues straight off the bat, you can wait, and see if you want to play the game in a later stage, and then purchase the Issues, which are rather cheap. Their prices are pretty good, better than some games I should add.
So, we got great story telling, awesome quests. I might add the investigation quests actually do require a lot of thinking (And a lot of googling). They range from easy difficulty to extremely hard and thought provoking. I like the challenge, it's unique, and i have to use my brain to figure out stuff. There is three factions in the game, Illuminati, Templars, and Dragon. I currently have a Templar, and Illuminati. I don't like the Dragon faction, I don't know why personally, it's just meh. All three of them have an intro video, which is really cool, and can help you determine what faction you wish to side with. What you choose is up to you, and each of them have their pros and cons to me. I like the idea of Templars, and Illuminati, hence why I chose one of each. Sounds cool so far eh? Well, not everything in this game is great. There is a few things, and only a few things that I dislike about the game.
Combat is one of the things I dislike about the game, it's very boring and bland, but I can overlook this because of how smooth the game is, and other game play aspects over take the bland and boring combat system. There is a LFG tool in the game, but it's pretty bad, most people spam chat for dungeon grouping, or quests that actually require more than one person to do, even if you have a good solo build. A lot of complaints come from the difficulty scaling from the first zone to the next. Yes, it has made me rage quit before, because it scales so hard, but there is things to work around, which I will probably get around in later posts. I'd rather give you all some more information than go straight into what I can do in later posts. Nah mean? So if you like fun combat, this is probably not the game for you, but you can overlook it by the other amazing features this game has to offer. I feel like i'm making this game out to be the very best, I am merely giving my personal opinion is all.
I've talked about writing this game in the past, and I think it's finally time to get around it. Even though there is newer MMORPGs out right now, this game is really taken my interesting, and there is a ton of things to talk about really. So you can maybe expect, one or two posts a week if i'm free to write more than usual. It's going to be a fun ride, I can promise you that. Stay tuned for the next post about The Secret World.
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