The Secret World (NA)
Pay Once, Play Forever: The Secret World no longer requires a subscription to play.
"This is a game that turns an entire genre on its head and lives to tell the tale." - CheatCC.com
"The most fundamental aspects of moment-to-moment interaction fail to engage, and this is the unfortunate first impression that could push players to a more immediately fun game. Sadly, the wonderful flexibility and challenge of the Secret World is lost on anyone that quits early on." - Gamespot.com
Hidden within our modern-day world is a secret world. A world where every myth, legend, and conspiracy is true. The world is about to discover that the terrors that have plagued our nightmares are all real. United in the fight against the darkness stand three secret societies: the Dragon, the Templars, and the Illuminati. Recruited to become agents for these societies – the players – can take on any role they want in the battle against the rising darkness. Dark days are coming. Everything is true.
Conspiracies, Myths and Legends – Everything is true. A real-world, modern-day MMO reaching into legends and myths that unravels as the player progresses. Explore locations across the globe from London to New England, New York to Egypt, and from Seoul to Transylvania.
No Classes, no levels – Be who you want to be, and play how you want to play. Hundreds of abilities and powers are available as you evolve your character without traditional level or class restraints.
Join a Secret Society and fight in the Secret War with thousands of other players. As a member of the Illuminati, the Dragon or the Templars - fight together against the rising tide of darkness or battle against other players in massive PvP warzones.
Epic storyline and missions. Unravel mysteries and conspiracies in one of the most engrossing stories ever told in an MMO, told through groundbreaking mission gameplay and overarching storyline.
Incredible graphics. Enjoy ground-breaking graphics as The Secret World sets new standards for MMO visuals.
An underrated MMO gemCooberstooge | May 6, 2013 | See all Cooberstooge's reviews »
It's a real pity so many overlook this title, as it's got some of the most original player interaction I've ever seen. Sure, you work with people to complete quests, but factions that can pair up can also turn on one another. Trust needs to be earned in this one, and going into a big battle without it can leave you second-guessing everything.
While the visuals of the Secret World are strong, they look dated now and did so somewhat on release. As this isn't a big-budget title, one can forgive that, and honestly they did some solid work compared to the AAA MMOs being pushed out lately. Stability-wise, the game runs well most of the time, with slight lag during firefights in enclosed areas.
The shop that exists for you to customize your character is chock full of new items and gear, and I've wasted hours alone on just that, trying out new setups and weapons. The community is still a decent size, and for the most part friendly to newcomers - I joined late and a clan helped me get into the game, not expecting me to stick with them for the long haul either.
All in all, The Secret World is a good game, and one most avoid because of early bad press - but it is one you should try, as there's more here than meets the eye. Random problems aside, this is a good little game.
One of the BEST MMO's available. Period!Cody64 | May 4, 2013 | See all Cody64's reviews »
The Secret World is the best MMO's I've ever played. I wont' go so far as to say that I'm an MMO enthusiast, but I've certainly played my fair share of games in the genre. This one beats them all.
For me, the main reason why this MMO is so great is because it has a heavy focus on Story Telling; something missing from many games in the genre. the story is dark, and set in creepy settings with some genuine scares! Very unique for this type of game.
Complimenting the story nicely is some excellent voice acting and superb writing. Much of the dialogue has a humorous edge to it, which makes it all the better. If you're into dark comedy, you'll get a kick out of some of the dialogue in TSW.
A great story with excellent voice acting would mean nothing for an MMO if it didn't have good gameplay. Luckilly, the gameplay in TSW is just as superb as the story. It has everything that you'd expect to see in an MMO, but does it all differently. From leveling up your character, to questing, and event to crafting; everything in this game has it's own unique spin. It's a fresh, exciting experience throughout.
Speaking of leveling, there isn't the typical "choose a class, gain levels, choose skills" that you see in most other MMOs. You actually don't even gain "levels". Instead, you earn SP and AP as you gain experience. You dump these into passive Skill Points, and into Abilities that are tied to the type of weapons you have equipped. It's a great system that let's you build the exact character that you want!
This game has a ton to offer, and with each content patch and DLC package it continues to get better. I could write a novel on this game, and still miss something! Rather than doing that, I'm just going to HIGHLY recommend that you check this game out, and discover all that it has to offer for yourself. You won't be disappointed!
Interesting, but a word of warning for non-MMO playerschestburster | May 4, 2013 | See all chestburster's reviews »
I like this game as a fan of H.P.Lovecraft and other weird mythos. But before The Secret World, I've never played any MMO. I bought this game after looking at gameplay videos. And in those videos, what you can see is that the game characters are firing guns; what you can't see in the videos, is that the player doesn't actually "control" the shooting--you just press the "skill" keys (1-9 number keys by default). There is very little targeting. --After some gameplay and research, I've come to the realization that this is how the modern MMOs are played. Well, not a gameplay style I like.
So yeah, if you're looking for a shooter, you gonna be disappointed. But I have to say, The Secret World is very well made for its genre. The graphics are nice and the story is kinda interesting. The quests involve some reading and puzzle solving, which I like.
Good mmochivshiv | March 25, 2013 | See all chivshiv's reviews »
The Secret World, though different than most current MMOs, is a fantastic game. It has a solid quest/story based progression that pits you against fairy-tale monsters, Lovecraftian horrors, and more zombies than you can shake a sword, assault rife, or magical fetish at. The combat system is a bit more mobile than most MMOs and you have a massive number of passive and active skills to aid you along the way. The 3-way pvp keeps things interesting as you're constantly having to watch your back to make sure one faction isn't circling around behind you as you fend off another. There is also a cash item shop, but its filled with cosmetic items; articles of clothing, full outfits, and the like. The game operates on a 'single server' system. There are multiple "Dimensions" but you can communicate and even group with players from those other dimensions. Upon joining a group you are loaded into that group's dimension until which time you zone after leaving the group. its a fantastic setup and allows for a much larger pool of players to group, quest, and interact with. Check it out! You'll likely enjoy it!
Interesting with some flawsjbrown87 | March 18, 2013 | See all jbrown87's reviews »
The Secret World is a former Pay-to-Play game from Funcom that recently dropped its subscription model to Buy-Once-Play-Forever. It's a very interesting game that lets the player build a character in one of three factions:Dragon,Templar, and Illuminati. All three groups have deep stories that will keep you glued to your screen as you play through them. The combat system lets you choose a focus from several weapon categories including magics, melee, and guns. Now whilethe game is fun and fairly deep,it's not without its flaws. Namely the client stability. After playing on three different computer builds the client showed a tendency to lag and crash very often while in DirectX 11 mode, and often enough in DX9 mode. The constant lags, crashes, and graphical bugs can be enough to drive players away, especially on setup. If you have the patience to see past the glitchiness of the game, though, you'll find that it is very fun, even for an MMO.