The Secret World launches today.Â I haven’t been excited for this particular MMO at all.Â I even tweeted that I wouldn’t blog about the game because I didn’t like what I saw in the beta.Â Well, I’m going to do a little bit of a 180 on this one.Â Graev and I decided that, due to complete boredom, we needed an MMO to play AT LEAST until Guild Wars 2 launches. We debated going to EQ2, DDO, and a handful of other games, but decided to give TSW a shot since it’s new and Graev enjoys the work of Ragnar TÃ¸rnquist.
I think the reason I struggled with TSW so much is the setting.Â I’m not a fan of the modern setting, and the ‘weird’ stuff is a little too weird for me… just look at those monsters.Â I prefer magic, castles, knights, and the occasional Star Wars type of setting.Â TSW is also very story-driven, and as a result very linear. Combat feels a little clunky and spazzy at times.Â Those are some of the apparent negatives for me.
What I like about TSW is the skill system.Â I like that I earn experience which earns me skill points and ability points that I can spent on weapon types.Â Unlocking abilities appears, at least right now to the uninitiated like myself, to be highly customized.Â I can use pistols and blood magic (which I do) and go damage or support with the pistols, and damage or healing with the blood magic… but even within that play-style I can choose different abilities.Â So not only will you come across players who have different styles of play with the same weapon, but you’ll come across people with different abilities within the same style of play.
Another positive for me is the exploration factor.Â I do feel, dare I say it, slightly immersed in the mystery of it all.Â The unknown is appealing.Â I have zero clue what’s going on in the story, and I’m constantly having to stay on my toes because I don’t want to miss any puzzles or clues to future puzzles.Â Then there’s the fact that you can only have a limited number of each kind of quest (sometimes only 1), so I’m trying to keep track of what I want to do now or come back to later.Â All of that and I’ve only played one day of the head-start.
I am looking forward to figuring out the scope of the game.Â I see screenshots of deserts, creepy carnivals, old towns, and places I want learn about.Â How big is the world?Â How much is there to do?Â I still have no idea how many dungeons there are, or what to expect from the progression or end-game.
I’ll keep you all updated on our progress.Â If some of you are on the fence, perhaps my skeptical, yet slightly intrigued, approach will yield useful information to help you make a decision on whether or not to buy the game.
We’re playing on the Cerberus server in the Templar society.
P.S. – Can anyone, without spoilers, tell me wtf is going on in the story?Â From what I can tell some black fog is turning people into monsters without any explanation of where it came from or why it’s happening.Â Secret Societies like the Templars and Illuminati are not so secret anymore as they overtly combat the evil.Â What is the “secret world” and why is all of this happening?Â I’m so confused.