Should I Get The Secret World?
I’m really struggling with this one. Usually I know long in advance of any MMO being released whether or not I’m going to buy it. I knew I was going to get SW:TOR way before its released date was ever announced, I know for certain I’m going to be picking up Guild Wars 2 when it comes out in August and the forthcoming Mists of Pandaria and Storm Legion expansions are total no-brainers but The Secret World? It really has me on the fence.
Although I’ve been intrigued by the game since it was announced, perhaps part of my hesitation is due to the lack of build-up (or seemingly so) it’s had in comparison to other games. Maybe it’s just me, or the sites I read, but it hasn’t had that excruciating, drawn out, endless marketing and promotion cycle that other developers and publishers seem to be able wangle. I pretty much bought Diablo 3 just so I didn’t feel left out from what everyone was talking about. I also think Blizzard managed to hypnotise me but that’s another story.
There are a few genuine things about TSW that have me concerned, though. The price tag for one (since when did digital copies of PC games become so expensive?), performance another (I heard it wasn’t very well optimised). Likewise, replayability isn’t meant to be great and that’s a factor I consider very important to my long term interest in a MMO – personally, I love nothing more than rolling new alts and exploring new low level areas. Finally, it’s made by Funcom. Not to jump on the clichéd bandwagon of negativity but they do have a pretty ropey track record with their MMOs and I don’t want to get burnt for £40 on a game that I only end up playing a few hours.
However, The Secret World does look pretty darn cool. The setting is very unique and, apparently, rather moody and immersive plus I love the idea of playing something that’s a little different from the standard fantasy themepark almost all MMOs seem to offer. And, shooting zombies with an assault rifle just looks frickin’ awesome.
Oh decisions, decisions.
So, I need some advice. What do you guys think? Should I get The Secret World? Is it good? Or should I give it a month to see what it’s like after the dust has settled? Or just avoid it completely? Vote below, my pretties.