Upplagd: 22 april
Two things I barely ever do:
1.) Play M.M.O. R.P.G.'s.
2.) Write reviews on steam.
This game has forced me to try both :D. Let's start with pros/cons.
-Vast universe filled with dozens of worlds, and thousands of replayable quests.
-Constent flow of new players, that way no one world feels too desolate/over-populated.
-Quests. Are.. EVERYWHERE. Everything from a NPC's handing them out at your local city to stumbling across a corpse with a treasure-map in the middle of the road. Very non-linear.
-H.P. Lovecraft approved, or atleast fan-approved :D (Seeing Kingsmouth in-game made my day)
-Bits of scattered "lore" throughout the game clue you in about the history of certain landmarks.
-Has a LOT of pop-culture refrences. Eveything for popular movies to new video-games.
-Cutscenes actually put your custom character into them!!! Badass. Real badass, bro.
-Lots of cutscenes compared to MMOs like Guild Wars or World of Warcraft.
-You can either play the classic mouse-clicking way, or switch to over-the-shoulder 3rd-person aiming-view, OOOOOR zoom your camera all the way in and play in makeshift 1st-person :D.
-Doesn't feel like any other RPG out there. Very fast-paced, doesn't have that 'grinding' feel.
-Gameplay feels like a upgraded MMO version of "Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines".
-Not typical lvling system. In fact, no "levels" what-so-ever, mearly distribution of skill points.
-Hack-and-slash, killing hoards of monsters hasn't been this fun since Diablo.
-Creatures vary from location to location, this game doesn't just color a creature a different color and make him harder, it's like they went through the entire Necronomicon in this game.
-Great crafting system, strongest weapons/armor/items are crafted.
-Great character customization, seemingly unlimited choices.
-Playable alone if the servers ever die. (You'll have to be a high lvl to take on some missions.)
-Not completely abandoned by devs.
-NOT pay2win, not much stuff to buy with REAL money that you can't get in-game for free.
-If for some reason you're lookin' to spend cash, they've got some great vanity stuff (i.e. pets!)
-If you want the vanity stuff, but don't have cash, there are promotions that might help.. ;) hint
-If cash is not a issue for you, then take solace in knowing their prices are really cheap c:
-While the game IS old, the graphics are pretty decent, and are still being patched.
-I has a: Radeon R9 280x GPU. And it runs like warm butter on ultra settings.
-Cool cartoony colors.
-Sometimes you get a quest that is impossible to beat alone or at your current level (despite the quest claiming to be "normal" difficulty), bit of a buzz kill when you make it half-way then figure that out the hard way... by dying brutally and seriously out level'd :P.
-Compared to other MMO games, it doesn't have as many active players as other titles.
-PVP seriously unbalanced. Like... whacky unbalanced...
...I would spend atleast 25 hours playing co-op or alone before ever stepping in the PVP zones. (I've got 40 hours under my belt and still haven't even reached the PVP zones lol. Big game.)
-Steep-ish learning curve. (Steep because so different from other games.)
-Combat animation with some low-rank weapons can be repetative.
-Defualt short-cut and keyboard layout can feel a bit cluncky.
-They should have made their item market on steam. Would have been much easier transaction-wise. Then again, who can blaim them for not wanting to cut steam in on the profits?
-The Item shop doesn't have good descriptions on some things. They don't mention stuff like: Uniforms don't show stuff like necklaces or gloves, est. Or anything labeled "effects" is used to the London Theatrics Company, yet that info is no-where to be found.
-40+ GB download.
-This game will eat all your free time up. YUMYUMYUMYUM..... gone. XD (This may be a pro.)
-No steam achievements? But it has it owe achievements -_-...
-At times, the voice acting can be a little corny :P....
ONLY AT TIMES! And It fades away with the awesome story.
-OVERALL FIRST IMPRESSION:
The storyline strokes your ego enough to make you feel individually important in a world with so many players, while at the same moment stressing the importance of teamwork, breaking the ice for interactions between new-comers and vets.
Even though you can do the lone-wolf thing and beat the majority of missions alone, it's easier and more fun putting a group together to quest with, even if it's a random passer-by who just happens to be on the same page as you.
Many vet players are kind enough to let you tag along on quests if they've got a free space, and you'll always find someone willing to help you whether it be directions, healing, or back-up.
-LONG TERM IMPRESSION
Will update the more I play, but in all honesty, not seeing much negative aspects.
So, if you're torn between the fence, buy in confidence, tis' a great game :D.
P.S. To all new players! Don't forget to renew the free stuff they give you at thesecretworld.com
, and check out the promotions they do such as; finish 30 missions get 1200 funcom points free.