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Average User Score: 8.3Jul 4, 2012As a veteran mmorpg player, and a participant in many, many launch events I am ecstatic to report The Secret World public release as being aAs a veteran mmorpg player, and a participant in many, many launch events I am ecstatic to report The Secret World public release as being a resounding success. It was very smooth with only 1 bugged quest (that I know of), which was fixed on the second day by the developers. 100% server up-time with a stable connection.
The world is rich, unique for this genre, realistic, atmospheric and genuinely quite scary at times. I am running it on a very high end PC at 2560x1440 and I am gob smacked by the graphics almost constantly. I have noticed no network latency from their servers even with large numbers of players together. The quests are excellent, with very few obvious courier/kill x of y mechanics being used. Some of them are fiendishly difficult to solve and many come without quest markers or any other guide to completion beside the intended clues e.g. newspaper clippings, dialogue, photographs, rumour. I really respect their decision to keep this level of difficulty and strongly believe this will help build a mature interesting player base. The 5-man dungeons I have completed are good fun and fairly quick to run, with boss-to-boss encounters for the most part. The skill system and ability wheel are simultaneously quite simple to grasp and very complicated, with deep customisation available. Don't worry there are suggested builds but also anything is possible.
I can't write any more at present as I can't stay away from the game any longer.… Expand
Average User Score: 4.0May 20, 2012I waited to finish the campaign on normal mode before writing a review. Something people really should do in my opinion otherwise you don'tI waited to finish the campaign on normal mode before writing a review. Something people really should do in my opinion otherwise you don't get a review, you get a rant. Aside from the connection issues which are still cropping up every now and again this is an excellent game. The production values are outstanding. It is extremely fun to play alone, and fantastic with a group of friends. That's really all that should matter in a review of a game. I feel sorry for people who are unable to play due to connection issues, it's not fair and Blizzard should do something to compensate them. That said, it's a separate issue and should not effect the score here. It is no longer just a single player game and the online only requirement is a necessary evil that shouldn't make any difference to most people. The animation, visual effects, story and atmosphere are some of the very best ever created, and certainly the best in this genre. It's a great game that will undoubtedly become a classic regardless of this bumpy start, and I guarantee every reviewer here trying to punish Blizzard by giving them bad scores will soon enough be playing and enjoying it themselves. So do yourself a favour, buy it, play it and enjoy yourself.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.2Feb 24, 2012Generally speaking this is a very good game. It seems very solid at the highest settings, is beautiful and functional. I think it is veryGenerally speaking this is a very good game. It seems very solid at the highest settings, is beautiful and functional. I think it is very challenging even on easy mode versus AI which is a pleasant change from the usual throw away titles being published for PC these days. The multiplayer is also difficult, exciting and fun... most importantly it works. You will get punished by experiences players at the start but that's hopefully part of the fun for you, if not I would look for a different game. Good work team!… Expand