The Secret World
Unlike Their Last effort, Age Of Conan, Funcom are using an original setting for this online game: the real world.
But don't worry, this isn't a game that has you washing +1 dishes before travelling to the supermarket to purchase increasingly nutritious vegetables. Like the classic shooter/RPG Deus Ex, The Secret World is grounded in our most intriguing urban legends, myths and secret societies. This gives the Funcom the chance to create lore that's accessible to everyone, but lets them apply their own interpretation.
Funcom's focus is on the hidden orders popularised by the likes of Dan Brown, National Treasure, and the tinfoil-hat-wearing lunatics who fuel conspiracy theories. The factions - the Illuminati, Templars, and the Dragon -give players the chance to explore material that's ripe for development.
World War Wrong
Each faction will have home cities -New York, London, and Seoul respectively - based in reality, so don't expect to see much strange architecture to begin with, though that's not saying it's going to be an everyday experience. Vampires, Atlantis, and the end of the Mayan calendar (2012) will all play a role in the game.
The factions themselves are full of character. The Templar are a modern take on the traditional crusaders, while the Illuminati are far more corporate with order and money driving their gains. The Dragon are the most mysterious, preferring to spread chaos from behind the scenes like a clandestine puppet master.
Funcom are staying coy about The Secret World's narrative specifics, bar that its history tracks back 100 million years. There's also the fantasy realm Agartha which will come later, although details are still sketchy on what it'll entail. So we'll just have to wait for the announcement of the inevitable expansion pack.
What they are sure of is the game's combat. Your powers are identical across the factions. Swords, shotguns, sub-machine guns all lend themselves to responsive, quick combat. Those thinking of Age of Conan's problems with scraps will have their views quickly quashed. The combat has been built from the ground up to provide a fluid experience never really seen in MMOs before. Expect plenty of leaping, slicing,, shooting and everything else that resides in between.
As your choice of faction is purely cosmetic, it means you can focus on bettering your skills rather that worrying if you've selected the weaker faction. Even more interesting is Funcom's choice to do away with traditional levels and classes. Your avatar is defined by his abilities. The way you play is reflected in your skills. It leads to organic gaming where you are no longer constricted by a poor choice in the beginning. The developers are also hoping it'll narrow the gap between new players and veterans.
Chuck in player-made organisations that go by the name of cabals (i.e. guilds) and it's obvious Funcom are aiming to reward cooperative players. Age of Conan struggled with social interaction and it's good to see they're attempting to rectify their mistake. That's not saying you'll be forced to interact, the game has plenty for the solo player. It's just as playable alone, but team-based / quests and other community-based bonuses mean you'll be better off if you're social. Leaderboards and the implementation of social networks are planned - another way to let you keep track of your character's progress.
But perhaps the best thing I about The Secret World is it links to our reality. While there are plenty of mythical beasts and supernatural attacks, you'll be fighting through the streets of recognisable cities. Abandoned cars, decrepit petrol stations, and rusting scrap yards give the impression that this is a world in decay.
On top of that, the scope for expansion is unfathomable. Our world alone is huge and that's before Funcom start being all creative.
Download The Secret World
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
The Secret World was one of the most interesting and unique MMORPG’s released and it still has a cult following to this do. So much so that EA wanted an enhanced version put out. anyway, the original Secret World was a real gem and featured some exciting gameplay and a really cool setting that certainly made it stand out from the crowd.
The Strangeness Of The Real World
What really captured my and most other people’s attention first in The Secret World is the setting. Rather than going for a fantasy setting, steampunk setting or some kind of futuristic setting. The Secret World actually has a pretty contemporary setting. However, in this world, the world of myths, horror, and legends are creeping through! Vampires, zombies, werewolves and many more evil creatures are causing havoc.
Welcome To The Real World
Rather than just making up locations, The Secret World has gone for using actual real world locations. So you will be going to places like London, Tokyo, and New York. They have done a great job in putting these places in the game, but the way the creatures have caused havoc and twisted them is actually really cool.
Join The Secret Society
The Secret World is very story driven and if you ask me the game is actually better when you strike out on your own. Once you have created your character (which is a lot of fun to do) you will have a choice of one of three different secret societies that you can work for. You will go around the world to deal with the monsters that are causing trouble. However, the secret society that you join will ultimately dictate how you deal with them. You will either be looking to get rid of them, move them to a new location or even exploit them depending on what one of the secret societies you have joined.
So Much To Do!
Main quests, side quests, dungeons, boss battles, leveling up, getting new equipment, dealing with NPC’s and everything in between! The Secret World always has a list of things for you to be doing. The game is actually really good at letting you know what to do. So while you may stumble on some quests and fights on your own, you are never left too long to wonder what the heck you are supposed to do.
Combat is one of the best aspects of The Secret World. The combat is more fast paced than you would expect from a game of this style. Also, your attacks are easy to change. The game is very good at letting you tinker with your attacks which means if you are having trouble with a particular mission, you can change out your attacks and abilities so that you are more prepared for the mission or battle at hand.
The Secret World was a fantastic game when it was first released in 2012 and while it has been surpassed by its successor, Secret World Legends. The original Secret World still has a lot of charm and there are some people who have worked hard to make sure that the original game has stayed around for fans to enjoy.
- The different monsters are really cool
- The story is fun and interesting
- Lots of missions, side missions, and dungeons
- The attack system is very interesting
- The game has quite a quick pace
- It has been surpassed by its successor
- Not much point teaming with other players