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#1 Jul 09 2012 at 9:56 AM Rating: Good
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So, I received a buddy key this weekend for Secret World. I did not expect to like it, but it looks like it may have promise. There is room for improvement in character creation, but I have to say, who doesn't enjoy an MMO where you can shoot zombies with a shotgun? Has anyone else checked it out?

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#2 Jul 10 2012 at 3:04 AM Rating: Decent
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I got it from mmoga for a 10%discount deal when it released~
I really like this game - the whole modern day genre isn't used to often in mmos, so its something new (and you can connect better to your character than in a fantasy world where you're playing an elf or sth)
besides the quests are so amazing - sometimes I sit there for hours just for one quest, but didn't hate that at all ;)
If I am right informed Funcom want to expand the character creation in the future, so maybe we don't have to wait that long
#3 Jul 10 2012 at 6:29 AM Rating: Good
It is entertaining me thus far.
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I just found the clothing store in London. Awesome! Smiley: smile
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#5 Jul 10 2012 at 10:44 AM Rating: Excellent
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#6 Jul 11 2012 at 11:38 PM Rating: Decent
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If anyone buys this and has a buddy key, send it over and I promise I'll log in at least once.
#7 Jul 12 2012 at 7:20 PM Rating: Good
The modern setting & story certainly set it apart from other MMOs, as does it's level-less...um...leveling system, but when it comes to combat- you've seen it before. What really sets it apart is it's investigation missions- they're very ARG like & quite challenging.

For Example: One of the earliest Investigation Missions you get makes mention of a clock, if you find the right clock & note the time its stuck on, you are then to use that time to find a bible passage that points you, more or less, in the right direction. Another one has you deciphering morse code (I used a skill I learned in Boy Scouts 20+ years ago, huzzah) to figure out the coordinates of your next objective.

The players seem to be MUCH friendlier on the RP "servers", but since they're all on the same mega server under different "dimensions" you can play with your friends wherever. Thats neat.

Graphics are good, but character designs are a bit of a weak link (females have very blocky boobies). I'm having fun- but casually. And unlike the only other MMO I ever played "hardcore" (FFXI), it doesn't take hours & 5 other people to accomplish stuff. I give it a B+, 'cause I killed a mini-Chthulu this morning.

Edited, Jul 13th 2012 9:34am by Omegavegeta
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#8 Sep 20 2012 at 7:47 AM Rating: Excellent
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Anyone still playing this? I picked it up a few weeks ago when it was on sale and am still on the fence about it. I like the premise and the mission structure (except for not being allowed to drop missions). I like the idea of the skill wheel but I feel like I'm grinding lowbie missions repeatedly now just to collect enough SP to stay competitive as I move into harder areas. The world, at least on Leviathan, is silent in the regions I've explored -- no general chatter, no groups forming outside of Agrathea (or whatever that hub zone is called), just me in the gloom shootin' zombies with someone occasionally running past. That part might kill it for me; even when I'm soloing and all alone, I like to feel as though the game is populated.
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#9 Sep 20 2012 at 8:15 AM Rating: Excellent
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I'm not playing it, though I had been curious about it (still don't have a new rig yet).

I gather that it's dying a quick death. They laid off a good portion of the dev team, including the project lead, so its future looks fairly bleak. They also started drumming up the "free to play" talk very quickly, which says a lot about the sales performance, too. I'm not sure if it'd be enough to save the game.

Shame, too. Seems like it had some interesting stuff going for it.

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#10 Sep 20 2012 at 8:35 AM Rating: Excellent
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Well, I'll get my month's entertainment out of it if it comes to that. Interestingly, despite having bought it in early September, I noticed I have access to the pre-order gifts (in-game t-shirt, extra xp ring, cat dressed like Mr. T). Once my month is up, I may just put it on hold and wait to see if it goes F2P rather than paying a monthly sub. If it goes F2P this soon, I'd expect the retail box owners would get some trinkets out it anyway.
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#11 Sep 20 2012 at 8:42 AM Rating: Good
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The modern setting & story certainly set it apart from other MMOs, as does it's level-less...um...leveling system, but when it comes to combat- you've seen it before. What really sets it apart is it's investigation missions- they're very ARG like & quite challenging.

For Example: One of the earliest Investigation Missions you get makes mention of a clock, if you find the right clock & note the time its stuck on, you are then to use that time to find a bible passage that points you, more or less, in the right direction. Another one has you deciphering morse code (I used a skill I learned in Boy Scouts 20+ years ago, huzzah) to figure out the coordinates of your next objective.
The problem with puzzles in mmos is they never change. That particular puzzle will only be fun and challenging the first time through. Also puzzles go up on fan sites in no time and then you don't have to even bother trying to figure them - though it's easy enough to avoid spoilers.

If they keep adding new puzzles it would be cool.....

edit - I just responded to a necro post Smiley: glare. I blame Joph.



Edited, Sep 20th 2012 4:43pm by Elinda
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#12 Sep 20 2012 at 9:34 AM Rating: Good
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Secret World definitely isn't in a great place right now. They had really disappointing opening sales (honestly, they could have done way better with their advertising, and launching so close to GW2 probably wasn't smart).

They are also facing insider trading allegations now, and the Norwegian government is launching an investigation. According to Kotaku, their stock prices hit a high of $17.20 in July. They are down to $.39 a share right now (assuming the conversion calc I was using was correct--2.22 Krone).

Not pretty.

Going F2P generally does help MMOs, but honestly I don't see much of a future for TSW. Not with GW2 being nothing but an up-front purchase cost and TOR going F2P.
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#13 Sep 20 2012 at 2:30 PM Rating: Good
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Anyone still playing this? I picked it up a few weeks ago when it was on sale and am still on the fence about it. I like the premise and the mission structure (except for not being allowed to drop missions). I like the idea of the skill wheel but I feel like I'm grinding lowbie missions repeatedly now just to collect enough SP to stay competitive as I move into harder areas. The world, at least on Leviathan, is silent in the regions I've explored -- no general chatter, no groups forming outside of Agrathea (or whatever that hub zone is called), just me in the gloom shootin' zombies with someone occasionally running past. That part might kill it for me; even when I'm soloing and all alone, I like to feel as though the game is populated.


I haven't logged in for a couple weeks, been playing Black Mesa & Madden instead. I think my toons name was Marii...

I had just about cleared the 3rd zone but with content updates there's other stuff to do in the earlier zones too.
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#14 Dec 12 2012 at 12:46 PM Rating: Excellent
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Secret World has (to the surprise of no one) gone Free to Play.
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I suppose it's worth saying that it's "free to play" in a Guild Wars sort of way. You buy the box still but there's no longer a monthly sub. There's a cash shop but, unless they've changed it since the month I played, it's mainly clothing items for playing Barbie.
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#17 Dec 12 2012 at 8:36 PM Rating: Good
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I suppose it's worth saying that it's "free to play" in a Guild Wars sort of way. You buy the box still but there's no longer a monthly sub. There's a cash shop but, unless they've changed it since the month I played, it's mainly clothing items for playing Barbie.


It also has pets.
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#18 Dec 13 2012 at 2:33 PM Rating: Excellent
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I asked their game director Joel Bylos a whole bunch of questions about their Buy to Play move. You'll find them here - http://www.zam.com/story.html?story=31337. Let me know if there's anything else you want to know and I'll see if I can wrangle it out of Funcom :)
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#19 Dec 13 2012 at 5:54 PM Rating: Good
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Not really sure how I feel about this method.

It's fine when the game is released with this feature, like GW2 was, because you're ensured at least some value for your money before it shuts down. With a game on the decline, though, it's a bit trickier. Compared to a subscription fee, it's great value for the money, assuming the game survives for more than two months, but I imagine a lot of potential customers are choosing not to buy it simply because they don't know how long the game is going to continue existing. They could shut down the servers in a week and I'd have paid 30 Euros for a week of playing a semi-dead online game. Why bother when other online games allow me to download the client and play (with restrictions) for free?

I get that the game is going to stay up for more than two months, but the thought is still there, weighing against buying it. If they want more players, then they have to bring more players to the field. Nobody wants to play a dead online game. Making people pay to play a dead online game seems like a bad strategy. They should do the usual F2P model and just put some restrictions in the game. If they want to stick with the "buy to play" model then they could make those restrictions removable with a one-time purchase where you buy the full game.

I want to check it out, but I'm not prepared to fork over 30 Euros for a trial.
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#20 Dec 15 2012 at 8:08 AM Rating: Good
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Amazon has it on sale for 14.99 USD (50% off).

I'm thinking about picking it up. Even if the game does flop, with it's free to play model now, I'll only be out 15 bucks.
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#21 Dec 15 2012 at 8:48 AM Rating: Good
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Amazon has it on sale for 14.99 USD (50% off).

I'm thinking about picking it up. Even if the game does flop, with it's free to play model now, I'll only be out 15 bucks.


I was gonna get it for the $30 price, but that sold me sooner Smiley: lol Installing now...
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#22 Dec 15 2012 at 8:59 AM Rating: Good
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Unfortunately for others, it's a US residents only thing.
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#23 Dec 16 2012 at 2:58 PM Rating: Excellent
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I played during open beta, early access and maybe did 3-month subscription while waiting for GW2. Deciding to take a break from GW2 for a bit, I did the Amazon deal and fortunately, Amazon also had a $15.00 gift card promotion so it didn't really cost me anything to get the game again.

I logged back into the Arcadia (RP) server where I am fairly certain that's where I left my characters only to find that my characters were gone. Not sure if that means deleted or simply moved to another server but I can't find them. I submitted a customer service ticket this morning and have yet to hear back yet but not sweating it since it's Sunday.

So starting back over from scratch, I'm back on Arcadia as Templar novice Hamish "Steampunker" Darkstout. Definitely up for grouping as soloing isn't as much fun in MMOs.

**They say the memory is the first thing to go as we advance in years...turns out I have two accounts - I hadn't logged into the primary one. My characters (all on Arcadia) are:

Snorre "Tankard" Norseman (main character)
Hamish "DarkStout" Belhaven
Dashiell "Dashe" Knightfall


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#24 Dec 16 2012 at 10:33 PM Rating: Excellent
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I played in the closed beta and even with the bugs, I enjoyed the game and had every intention of buying it. But I was still unemployed at the time and couldn't justify the 60 bucks. Now that it's going the F2P route, I'm thinking I'm going to get it.
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You'll still need to buy the box but it seems to be on sale from various outlets pretty frequently. Still $15 from Amazon as of this posting.
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#26 Dec 17 2012 at 2:43 PM Rating: Good
Main toons name is Marii, logged in for the first time since September.

I still haven't left Solomon Island, so I'm low enough "level" & close enough to the starting areas to help out. My most comfortable build is a Shotgun/Assault Rifle solo build, with a minor in hand to hand/pistols. Decent damage, crowd control, health leaching, & main healing.

But more importantly, I bought an automaton pet with free funcom money I got for formerly being a subscriber. Way cooler than the cat that came with the pre-order.

Edited, Dec 17th 2012 3:43pm by Omegavegeta
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I had been really interested in this game in the lead up to its release, but then I saw the lack of larger marketing and early reports of some issues with the game... It spelled trouble and I didn't have the time to play to justify a sub. I may consider getting this now, can't be worse than guild wars 2, really didn't like that one.
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Popped in the game today to play one of the issues I haven't played through, Issue 7.

A part of it has you go into an area called "The Nursery" that's kind of creepy, especially when you take the time to read through the notes in the in-game computers and realize what the background of the place is.

Then you hear this lullaby constantly playing while you're there and... it's really catchy. And it really fits the creepy nature of The Nursery.
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I bought this game for $15 awhile back during a sale. Was not able to get into it. The game just seems too redundant for me to enjoy. I really like the creepy theme and all but the gameplay seems lacking.
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I was going to buy it, since it's still on sale and I've been curious for a long time, but I couldn't find a benchmark for it. Don't feel like chancing it.
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I can barely play FFXIV. Smiley: lol
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#37 Dec 28 2013 at 6:04 PM Rating: Good
XIV is much better optimized IMO, I push 90+FPS most areas in XIV on max settings and am lucky to get 60 in TSW. I haven't played in a while so maybe the optimization has improved but not 100% sure. I've never managed to get too far. Love the atmosphere but the gameplay gets reduntant quick. http://www.systemrequirementslab.com/ does have it on their list. Would give you a general idea.
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Any recent opinions on this? The game looks quite interesting, but the general consensus in this thread appears quite negative.
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I bought it for $15 about a year ago. I played it about 2 weeks and got bored real quick. Very redundant.
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Ok good to know. This is one that I was interested in checking out, but may have to scratch it off my list. Too bad, it sounded like quite an interesting concept, but it appears as if it lost both its funding and a large portion of its development team.
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It's also worth noting that the company isn't in the best place, atm, legally speaking. I wouldn't be surprised if TSW gets shut down by the end of it.

I wouldn't want to start a MMO if I thought there was a high chance it would die that fast.
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Disclaimer: I generally don't care for games that are *popular* for whatever reason. Never tried WoW because I could not abide the cartoony look of it. Got to 29 in Rift and uninstalled it, 18 in GW2 a long time ago and haven't played it since, 13 in SW:ToR and haven't logged in in months, though I do like the story aspect of it. Part of it is that I'm utterly sick of the high fantasy genre and, perhaps, a little too old for it now.

That said, I've played TSW since launch and enjoyed it immensely.The voice acting, story telling, atmosphere and missions top anything I know of.

It's very dark and grim. Also many of the npcs curse with no way to filter it. If you're looking for rainbows and unicorns then it's probably not for you. Issue 5, the Tyler Freeborn stuff, is still the creepiest thing I've ever seen in a game. Issue 6 was an Indiana Jones theme and was great, Issue 7 was more James Bond but all with a Secret World twist.

As of this post the User score on Metacritic for TSW is actually higher than the User score for GW2.

The sheer amount of clothing and outfits in the game is staggering. It's extremely rare to see two characters that look alike.

Funcom is not any kind of legal trouble. All that's about a former CEO accused of insider trading.

Every character has access to every skill and ability in the game so you are never locked into a role. Gear is completely customisable and most, if not all, of what you're wearing at end game will be items you made or modified yourself. You have complete freedom in your builds and that includes the freedom to gimp yourself horribly because you did something silly or didn't know what you were doing. TSW forces you to think or to copy someone who did. That could be a plus or a minus depending on the person.

The crafting is very straightforward and simple. If you're looking for an in-depth tradeskill system then you won't find it in TSW.

There are tons of Easter Egg type tidbits relating to popular culture all throughout the game. Big plus if you like that kind of stuff.

Video of a raid that's part of the story leading up to the next Issue release:

http://youtu.be/7okKWVFjGUk

Great fan made trailer put together from some of the cgi trailers:

http://youtu.be/M7InVG4-FiU
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