If you've read my last two blogs you'd think I was less than excited about this game. I am very critical of its inaccuracies. Of course, I am the guy that almost walked out of "The Two Towers" during that ridiculous cavalry-charge scene. I still bought the movie and watch it from time to time (and certain Jackson-ized scenes still really irk me).
I know the world is an imperfect place. I think our imperfections are what makes us perfect. But enough philosophizing.
I am enjoying this game. It's hard to play. There is no mindless grind. Even green encounters can kick my ass. It ain't just pull, kill, pull, kill, etc. Some of the missions (I still want to call them quests) are taking me hours and several sessions to complete. I get done with some of the encounters and I am feeling drained. This game has made me sigh and shout and scream. I like to be challenged.
I've spent hours angsting over how to spend my Ability Points. When I play more level-oriented MMOs, leveling is cool, but many times meaningless. A new level translates into more health and maybe a new attack. In The Secret World, I am always plotting and saving and drooling over new abilities. Should I continue to save for the Elite Ability? Should I finish out lower parts of the wheel? Do I need more damage? Is that heal worth it? How can I exploit the hinderences and impairments I've created?
Sure it's discouraging to save and save and save only to find out that fifty-point ability ain't as awesome as I thought. And I had to waste over a hundred points on other useless abilities just to get to it. But then I learn more, experiment some, and try out some funky builds. Sometimes I get really desperate after getting my ass kicked a few times in a row and I try some really weird stuff. Sometimes having "wasted" all those points on those "useless" abilities pays off.
Truth is, the animation of the attack is as important as the effectiveness. And I am spending most of my tokens on molds. A couple of my weapons are probably out of date, but I ain't givin' up my M4 for no one. And my tank is still carrying her Taurus Pistols (though I miss her Sigs).
This game, with is limitless outfits is as much about appearence as anything. I am cool with that. I am playing it on a screen. And while "Sarge's" uniform makes me want to puke, I'm still doing missions for him.