It’s going to be difficult writing about The Secret World and our play sessions without major spoilers, something I’m always careful to try to avoid in my blogging.
In any case we have played a couple of really enjoyable sessions this last week including another session with our friend. The mission structure continues to make it easy to play the same characters as a duo or trio as schedules permit.
Beyond the main plot story missions, there are three types of main mission: action (i.e. combat), sabotage and investigation. It’s easy to look at what you fancy doing next and to grab the mission type that appeals most. This makes for potentially very varied sessions overall. The investigation missions can be pretty fiendish in their complexity, but two or three brains are better than one, so in general we’re not having too much trouble solving them without the help of the wiki.
Since this is a modern (or near-future) MMORPG, the game makes some use of the in-built web browser to access websites created by the devs about in-game organisations or individuals. The investigation missions that make use of such sites really adds to the immersion and explorative nature of such missions. I have to applaud the creativity of Funcom’s developers for the quality of the content.
Perhaps the only negative we’ve encountered so far is the odd bugged mission which completes for one or two of our group but not the other player. We’ve had to partially repeat some missions to catchup on missed goals. That said at least the amount of solo-only instances has died down already (as a commenter mentioned on my last post). It’s much better to be able to go into an investigation or story heavy instance together both to experience it together.
Overall my impression of the game is that it oozes character and atmosphere out of every pore. The zones so far have been stuffed full of content as well, NPCs have multiple missions of differing types for you to select between. It’s all looking good for us continuing our run in the game for some time to come!