Funcom relaunched “The Secret World” as a the free to play “The Secret World: Legends.” If you’ve played the “Secret World” before then you can link that account with your SWL account and get your stuff transferred over, especially stuff you paid for.
If you haven’t played or heard of The Secret World it’s a modern, horror fantasy game where the player plays a member of one of three factions: The Templars; The Dragon, and The Illuminati, and you move through a world of ancient history and horror trying to knee cap a tentacular conspiracy that wants to destroy the world as you know it.
It’s the first game since “City of Heroes” where I’ve felt super, yet also oddly grounded. Certain gamist things are built into your character lore. The PC’s are Avatars of Gaia, think of them like white blood cells created in response to a grievous injury to time and space that occurs in the game’s prologue. Your physical body can die, and your anima form can be resurrected. Indeed some missions require you to shed your mortal flesh and walk around dead for a little while.
The game is story heavy, and the revamp has simplified an effectively open ended character progression system with something intended to be a little more accessible. It definitely plays differently and compared to my usual play in the old game, I actually feel more powerful, but that could just be the choices I’ve made.
Secret societiesl; lovecraftian horror, evil ubertech, cults, haunted scarecrows, evil jackolanterns, ancient Native American legends and monsters from the sea, The Secret World Legends is a ridiculously rich story experience. And even though I played it safe, effectively re-creating the character in The Secret World (which is still running by the way) the missions still have me muttering “WTF.”
I’m in an old soviet experimental facility in and every time I turn a corner, I’m muttering, “what have they done now? What have they done now?”
It’s a great game to just kick back and… do. There are dungeons and instanced PVP if that’s your thing, but I’m all about the storyline and so far. I’m still enthralled.