Last night, on a whim, we decided to try to get past our impasse on the Nightmare in the Dream Palace story mission in The Secret World. We’ve been stuck on this for a rather long time, although we haven’t tried it again recently. Filling in some gaps in various zones and repeating some older content over the last few weeks did give me a chance to practice the game again after quite a hiatus, and also an opportunity to try out some new builds and skills. Since I always try to avoid spoilers I’ll not dwell too much on details in this post but if you haven’t yet done the Tokyo content don’t pay too much attention to the pictures!
I had saved progress part way through the story mission but was stuck on the second of a series of challenging fights. It took a couple of tries and some support skill swaps but I managed to kill my opponent and move on through to the next fight. This proved the easiest of the three for me to complete and on I moved.
The final big boss fight was touch and go however, the balance between my damage output and self-healing still isn’t probably what it needs to be. I died probably 5-6 times, either to the avoidable damage abilities or to not dealing with adds quickly enough. I did win through in the end and have passed that big hurdle finally!
I think the key abilities swaps that made the difference were to include the pistol skill Semi-auto and to swap Anima Shot back in. Semi-auto is a chain attack, it’s a multi-target damage attack that doesn’t require as much precison aiming as the cone- or targetted-area skills that I’ve been using in the past. Anima Shot is an old favourite that I’ve always considered a bit weak. I’d read on forums that it’s actually rather overpowered if you gear well – you can spam it as a builder and heal yourself at a decent rate; the only downside is that it doesn’t build pistol resources but for this build I only had the one pistol skill slotted.
Prior to this session I’d also spent precious bullion on buying two purple quality weapons (assault rifle and pistols) for this dps/leech healing build and they made a lot of difference to the build’s effectiveness. Having QL3/4 AE Capacitors may have tipped the scales in my favour as well (I probably had a QL 2 and 3 mix last time) plus having bought two points of the Aegis Efficiency skill (now up to 4) wil have increased my Aegis damage output too.
Both the husband and I made it through the mission that evening, so finally we’re all ready to look at purchasing Issue 13 or 14 to try some new content. I’m more tempted to buy Issue 14 first since it sounds more interesting and isn’t connected to the Tokyo story arc anyway. I wonder is there likely to be a bundle for the most recent issues anytime soon?