This week’s Adventure Log is all about The Secret World. We’ve put in over 30 hours and finally finished Kingsmouth and its surrounding area. This week we’re each going to recount for you our favorite moments from the game so far. Warning: There will be spoilers for side missions from Kingsmouth area.
Two moments are particularly memorable for me. The first is during the Men in Black Vans quest. You have to figure out the password to log into the MiB’ish guy’s computer. The hint is “my wife.” We found one of the bodies on the ground and noticed it had an email address: @orochi-group.com. Greav came up with the idea to see if that was a real website, and if so to look up the employee database. Sure enough, Funcom went through the trouble to actually make real websites. The name of this guy’s spouse was in there and we progressed.
The second, and perhaps my favorite moment so far, was during the Dead Air quest. You have to once again access that orochi-group.com site but this time pay attention to the fact that this satellite is made by a subsidiary company. Go to their website, find the satellite, and look in the details about what is used to repair it; Find those items, repair it, and then decipher a code. This code you hear is actually Morse code. Neither of us know Morse Code, so we looked it up on wikipedia (via the in-game browser) and sat there listening to the code, analyzing the sound waves visually as well, and finally came up with the solution. It was amazing when we followed the clue and realized we had deciphered it properly.
In general solving the quests together is fun. Having to think about the clues in a context outside of playing a game, and pretend it’s real life and go about solving the clues as I would if I were actually wanting to find the information is cool. Funcom actually expects you to use the internet to solve riddles. There’s one quest in particular where you have to investigate a jail cell and the prisoner who killed himself in it said you’d have to talk to his ghost. That required us to die and come back there in anima form. We then had to follow ghost ravens and listen to their words and interact with them in an order that matched the riddle in the jail cell.
I really like the spooky setting of Solomon Island, especially the Jack O’Lantern.