Summary: Okay, ever since I've seen this game on sale on steam last year, I've always been curious about trying it out. But after skimming through reviews and opinions about it, I always decided it's not worth wasting $20-30 on a game I could hate. After seeing it on amazon for $10, I caved and picked it up, seeing as I've never seen a better price. After maybe 10 hours of intro gameplay, I have to say it was worth it, and I would've even paid 20 for it!
Summary: If you love the cathartic, "find yellow punctuation marks, click stuff, get loot" format of WoW-like MMO's, you will find a good amount of that in the Secret World. However, there are also quests that make you think outside of the box and look at the game world in unique ways. For instance, a quest where you have to interpret a cryptic text as a biblical reference to figure out the next clue (hopefully I kept that spoiler-free enough).
Typical grinding MMO, button spamming combat and content that hasn't been done before.
aaron galvan, Amazon
25 March 2014
Summary: When I bought this game I had thought that the setting was interesting and the lore would be the greatest draw, a kind of Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines MMO. I was wrong. Although the writing does a decent job of pushing you forward that actual content is ninety nine percent what you would find in other MMO's. The sad fact is the genre has been hijacked by the need for grinding in place of meaningful interaction with the game, NCP's and narrative interaction.
Summary: I just got this game a week ago and i'm really enjoying it. The game kind of feels like a resident evil just because you're fighting zombies and monsters. The missions are really interesting and will keep you hooked. I've been bouncing around mmos for awhile. I was with SWTOR for a long time and that was my favorite for awhile. I gave WoW a try and while it was fun, it got old fast. I tried out Guild Wars 2 and to me it was a disappointment.
Awesome setting and environments, great mechanics, terrific occult/end-times themes and references to cult and pulp stories.
Jonathan B "mangodrink", Amazon
9 March 2014
Summary: 30-second flavor intro: The Secret World (TSW): Join a secret society in resisting the coming darkness, fight back against the horror-harbingers of the apocalypse, and discover your hidden power over melee, guns, and magic. Globe-hop between Lovecraftian locations seen in the present day (circa 2012, Mayan end of days).
Summary: I love this mmo. It isn't your normal "go collect rat tails" or "wake up the sleeping workers" type mmo. It is a go through a portal, pick up your shotgun and start blasting the zombies and mutants that spawned around this little town and help the survivors type mmo. And that is fantastic. Because you feel like you are in the real world with supernatural things happening around you. As if it isn't completely out of the realm of could be...
Summary: First rate story telling, amazing cut scenes to introduce most missions, clever mission reports, sly and dry humour and playful pokes at many of the pop culture icons we know and love. The ability and skill progression as well as their take on gearing up make the game itself almost a puzzle as you look for the best combination to achieve your goals. Highly recommend the game.
Summary: Very Unique game and great game play. I'm a long time MMO player since eq1 and a bit tired of the sword and sorcery games. This game is fresh, with great in depth stories and story line. By far my favorite MMO.
Excellent change of pace mmo. Fantastic as a f2p experience
13 January 2014
Summary: This game's got it all. Sexy graphics, challenging gameplay if you aren't prepared, fun quests, and no central quest hubs to speak of like in traditional mmo's. If you try to do every quest in every "hub" you'll go nuts. The recipe for success is doing quests as you come across them, and remember that in this game leveling is done differently, so you want Skill Points (SP) and Action Points) AP to progress and gain new skills and actions.
Summary: Reading through strats and with my playtime, I get the vibe of WoW between BT and slightly pre-ICC(formulas for stats, item synergies, ability flexibility). Looks very nice, gave me BSODs for a while when AC4:Black Flag would run perfectly so it's not a machine stat issue. About the customization: yes, you can change on the fly and do any role. Eventually. You will be grinding out a lot of Ability Points to do this.