I was watching global chat in The Secret World while waiting to start a mission last night and a conversation between a few players started about just how excellent the quality of the missions is in the Savage Coast area. I found myself agreeing readily with this assessment.
That’s not to say that the overall quality in Kingsmouth or Blue Mountain is that much worse but Savage Coast is like a ‘perfect storm’ of amazing designed sub-zones and wonderfully written cut-scenes. Without going into spoilers in any great detail, this zones boasts multiple hubs of excellent content:
This sub-zone is a masterpiece of atmosphere and design. The missions are interesting and build-up to a challenging finale.
A great set-piece of design and a dense mission sub-zone with so much to do, just think of all that XP! All the missions are action so it’s combat heavy compared to the other two sub-zones but that’s perfectly in keeping with the besieged nature of the hub and with a bumper amount of lore-nodes to find at least you can explore for them while slaying evil. There’s some great voice acting from the three mission-givers here and a voice you may recognise if you’re a Star Trek fan…
This mini-hub has one NPC with a few quests but they are very strong plots and some great overall voice acting for this character.
These three hubs are not everything the zone has to offer mind, there are other hubs and some locations that are well worth a visit – it pays to explore in this game!
It would have been easy for Funcom to have lavished so much attention to the first starter zone of Kingsmouth that other zones afterwards might have felt neglected in comparison but that’s certainly not the case with The Secret World.