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.
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.
My Favorite MMO out currentlyRainadraken | Aug. 13, 2013 | See all Rainadraken's reviews »
I've played most of the major titled MMOs on the market, and this is the one that has my heart. I'm normally a fantasy player, but this one sucked me in and keeps me coming back for more. The combat is interesting, the point gaining system keeps you from making too many mistakes and the story telling is simply amazing. They keep the ambiance up and I love the music and the way they tell the story in the current world.