Randomessa pretty much said everything I wanted to about The Secret World, so I’ll send you over there to read her excellent insight and musings. As for me, before I get the lovers or the haters, let me fade the public for a moment:
Things I liked about TSW that most people didn’t:
- I don’t care about graphics. I’m happy with the way they stand now, with the exception of the glitches that need to be fixed.
- I like the fact that I have to go outside the game to get answers for the Investigation quests. Bring it on!
- I don’t mind the fact that my character doesn’t speak. The honest truth is that TOR was an RPG firmly in the Eastern tradition (Final Fantasy, et al), while I am firmly in the pocket of the Western tradition (Ultima, Wizardry, Might&Magic). I want a less firmly defined character so I can put *my* stamp on them. I don’t want your preconceived voices, your god-awfully long cutscenes, your vision of how I should play my character. So I’m glad TSW doesn’t force that crap on me.
Things I didn’t like that most people did:
- The Anima/Gaia rhetoric. Quite frankly, I wanted Conspiracy Theory, not New Age Mysticism. I wanted Ancient Aliens, Forbidden Technology, Psychic Powers, and Weird Science. Instead I got a different brand of superheroes/mutants, who all operate based on the same awakened mechanic of being able to manipulate a hidden energy source tied to the earth. Blah. Quite honestly, I was hoping that everything the introductory Illuminati character was saying was true. So far its just been a bunch of hooey.
But enough of that. TAGN also challenged us all to enjoy a fun game of Blogroll Breadcrumbs. I decided to have fun, I would go with 4’s (fourth name on every list, etc.). Here’s my journey out:
Harbinger Zero >
2) Ardwulf’s Lair > Deadend. Ardwulf apparently has no blogroll? So I picked the 4th most recent comment >
4) Fluff Factor > Deadend. Again, no blogroll. All the comments were nonlinked or broken links. Same with pingbacks, so finally I found a post on other gaming blogs. 4th one was broken, and the 5th was…>
5) Epic Slant >
6) Malchome’s Mind >
7) Mana Obscura >
8) Psychochild’s Blog >4th link I had already visited (Epic Slant), so I went down one to the 5th >
And that’s about as far as I got before running into spam comments and the non-mmo, non-gaming portion of the internet (again no blogroll). A fascinating voyage through TSW, GW2, Diablo III, and Mists of Pandara posts.
For the return journey, I started with Psychochild’s Blog, since Confessions was a bit of a dead end…and that was easy, because I just had to click on Ysharros‘ blog, wher I’m linked, to find my way home again!