When I first started getting excited about playing The Secret World back in the summer last year the blogosphere was full of posts about the Tokyo zone of Kaidan. Issue 9 had finally dropped and the secrets of Tokyo, hinted at for much of the main story arc, were suddenly within reach.
This post is a bit out of sync in terms of my journey in the game as over the course of the two sessions we’ve played this week we first did the short but very interesting Venetian Agenda mission series. The intro to Tokyo and our first run around the zone was too impressive to pass up writing on though.
As always we’re playing as a tank/healer/dps trio. This gives us a gentler introduction to the aegis system than I guess a solo player would have. Mobs now have damage shields of a specific type and we have to use attuned items of the right type to burn those shields down. You can equip one of the three ‘controllers’ per hand and that links the damage type to your main or off-hand weapon. That alone caused a “stop and think” moment. My current tanking build has four sword abilities and one hammer damage ability – I may want to rebalance my damage abilities between my two weapons to make better use of the off-hand controller slot.
I can imagine the first few sessions in Tokyo playing solo would be pretty brutal unless your character was stacked with very good purple gear. We had a mix of some mission-reward purples and QL 10 greens and blues, but as a trio it seems ok so far to cope with the new mechanics and the increased difficulty. We’re not sure yet whether to all develop all three controller types, or whether it would be more sensible to specialise on two or even one of the three in a coordinated fashion so we can cover all eventualities between us.
I’m really looking forward to exploring the storyline in this new zone, we might even manage to catchup with the current content before long!