Funcom’s latest MMO, The Secret World, launched this week! I’ve been giving it quite a lot of playtime, and I thought it’d be good to start up a thread to connect players together who are playing the game, or give information to those who are interested in playing.
The game is set in a modern setting, taking players to locations like Japan, the east coast of the U.S., Transylvania, and Egypt. Players choose a faction, either Dragon, Illuminati, or Templar and quest their way through the world. The Secret World isn’t a cookie cutter MMO, it features an interesting classless skill system, no overall level, the ability to combine interesting weapons along with magic, a rich story, and puzzles. The parts I’m finding particularly enjoyable are the creepy environments, immersive sound, high quality voiceovers, and the Gaiman-esque vibe (read more about this from our friend Kate Cox). The quests are more interesting than “Kill X creepy bad guys” and sometimes require you to hit up Google to figure out the intricacies of the puzzles.
The Secret World plays more like an adventure game than a standard traditional MMO, which is something I’m completely okay with. And the Creative Director is Ragnar Tørnquist, who was the producer & designer on The Longest Journey. We actually are such fans of that game here at The Border House, it’s how we got our name.
A modern world gives plenty of opportunities for problematic elements, and I’m sure we’ll dive into some of those within the next few weeks. So far I’ve been mostly impressed with the diversity in the game, and the only bit of othering I’ve experienced has been when I’m referred to as “man” by various NPCs despite my female avatar. I’m not very far into the game though, so I’d love to hear the perspectives of our readers.
So are you playing The Secret World? Comment away!