The Secret World (NA)
"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.
Ia! Ia! Funcom f'taghn!MadDemon64 | Dec. 29, 2014 | See all MadDemon64's reviews »
The Secret World is a game that more people need to play. Taking place in a fictional contemporary, The Secret World has you join one of three secret societies in order to fight eldritch horrors and demonic entities in an attempt to save the world while ensuring that your secret society will control it.
The Secret World is every conspiracy theorist, Lovecraft enthusiast, and cipher decoder’s wet dream, all rolled into one. You join the Illuminati, Templars, or Dragon and try to fend off zombies, werewolves, and elder gods in various locales. Along the way you will be given quests that test your combat, sneaking, and research skills. In one quest you might fight off fish people or deliver a package, in another you will find yourself sneaking past cannibals in an underground parking lot, and in yet another you will need to translate a cryptic latin phrase to determine which objects go into which sockets to unlock a door.
The Secret World has atmosphere by the truckload. When you visit the first quest area of Kingsmouth (Lovecraft fans will recognize this as a not so subtle reference to the town of Innsmouth), you will be beset by fog, zombies, and the Draugr, ancient mutated Vikings that are neither alive nor dead and look like an amalgamation of human and rotten seafood. The scenery and well done cutscenes invest you into what’s going on.
The combat system and skills are very divisive and can either make or break your experience. It is recommended that you do research into them before playing the game. The same can be said about the cipher missions, but those you can either solve on your own or use a guide to solve. If you can get past or get into these two aspects, are a fan of cutscene heavy MMOs, and love Lovecraft, then this game is for you.
An interesting ride,Bytrine | Nov. 26, 2013 | See all Bytrine's reviews »
Though this game isn't widely known and didn't receive as many players as expected at launch, it certainly is worth playing. You are someone who is thrown into a world of myth, legend, and mystery. Imagine every nightmare, monster, and fairy tale were true, this is what The Secret World offers. You choose from a few factions which tailor the NPC's, weapons, and outfits. Though the combat is restricted to hotkeys, gets repetitive and boring, the visuals and cosmetics of the combat moves are done very well. However, you need a very good PC to play this. Which is rare for an MMORPG. Lastly, there are many varieties of weaponry and you have a lot of customization and flexibility with your skills and how you'd like to use them.
Something old, something new-ishLightningMelon | Oct. 29, 2013 | See all LightningMelon's reviews »
Very little in the Secret World truly covers new ground. The combat is hot-key button pressing, the story is often awkward and is usually more interesting for the atmosphere and setting than for individual encounters. But that atmosphere drives the game forward in a way that you might not expect. You'll want to stick around to uncover whatever the next eldritch horror is, because it usually is pretty freaky stuff. In addition, while much of the game might not be truly exceptional, it's never bad either. The combat is reasonably fun, the leveling system is wonderfully open-ended, and the game has a good sense of scale. It might not be the next best evolution in MMO game design, but given the cheap entry price (and lack of subscription fee!), if the subject matter interests you at all, definitely check it out!
One of the best MMO's out theresheogorath98 | Oct. 10, 2013 | See all sheogorath98's reviews »
Totally immersive and fun, The Secret World is one of the most enjoyable experiences i have ever had the joy of playing in my gaming life. I've sunk almost 40 hours into it and I've only had it for a week. The storytelling is broad, and they way you grow your character without leveling is a really refreshing take on an old system. Storyline is good, but I wish you could feel less alone most of the time. The storyline is full of solo instances in which you must leave your group behind, and it really takes you out of the fun of playing an MMO for a few minutes. Other than that, no complaints. Totally worth the price, and highly recommended.
Mixed Bag, Here.teamcanuck | Aug. 16, 2013 | See all teamcanuck's reviews »
TSW has great parts. The story shines in ways rarely seen in the MMORPG genre, and it's class system is pretty damn good as well. Problem is it's most of the other parts that is a turn off. While graphically, TSW rules, the animations for some weapon classes are horribly sub-standard.
Like I mentioned, the story shines, but the problem with that is it almost shines too well. You almost don't need to care about anything on the "MMO" end of the game, like dungeons,etc. I know same can be said about most other games, but you have to say something about over 300 hours played in a MMO without any interaction with another player.
It does some things well, but other than story, nothing great. It's moving wheels make you think it's going somewhere awesome, but in the end, this elevator stops halfway up the building.