Rating: 9

Intro: Imagine a world where vampires hunt for mortal blood in London nightclubs, where werewolves hide in the New York subways, and where demons lurk in the shadows of Seoul. Imagine no more. Step into the secret world. ?The hype surrounding The Secret World is well deserved. The almost sandbox quality of the oh so familiar world and completely open ended character customisation makes for a great game to lose yourself in. Fans of horror movies will love this dark and twisted game!

Publisher: Funcom

Player base: Low (new game)

Graphics: High

Type: MMORPG

Exp Rate: Medium

PvP: Territory control, Battlegrounds, Open

File size: Unknown

Pros: Sandbox playstyle, Classy graphics and design, Horror theme.

Cons: Subscription and initial cost ($49.99 followed by $14.99 e.m, first month free)

Storyline:

It’s Earth but not as we know it! Myths around the world take very real and dangerous shapes. It’s your job to fight them! Or is it? Maybe you would rather go shopping in New York? Or play a deadly political game by rising to the top of your Society? Maybe… YOU are the monster!

Features:

In a world where every conspiracy theory, every myth, fable and urban legend is true, three ancient societies pull the strings and decide our fate. Forced into alliance by circumstance, they stand united against the rising darkness, but remain divided in pursuit of power. ?In?The Secret World you get to join these secret societies. The Illuminati, the Dragon and the Templars ? each stand united in their war against the rising darkness, but divided in their pursuit for power. What secret society you choose to join will have profound, long-lasting effects on your gameplay experience. You will progress through your secret society?s hiarchy and unlock new powers, uniforms, and weapons as you unravel their mysteries and their secrets. You will also fight for your side in the player vs. player conflict, fighting to control legendary locations such as Stonehenge, El Dorado and Shambala. Players will also enter persistent war zones where large-scale battles takes place involving over a hundred players at the same time.

Experience a game that has no classes or levels. Truly free-form character customization allows you to create the alter-ego that you want to play. Choose from hundreds of different powers for your character without ever having to re-roll, completely eliminating the need to follow a set path of progression throughout the game. Choose the powers, the weapons and the clothing that you want to use.

The Secret World does not force you down a set path of progression. You are free to do anything you want at any time. If you ever get tired of doing missions or slaughtering demons, why not return to your secret society and perform tasks for them so you can rise up in their order? Do so, and you will unlock even more powers, weapons, and even unique uniforms. And, of course, untold secrets!

Massively multiplayer online games have traditionally been set in medieval fantasy or science-fiction based worlds. In The Secret World?you get to explore known and unknown locations throughout our own, modern-day world, from bustling metropolises such as London, Seoul and New York, to exotic adventure locations throughout Egypt, Transylvania, New England, and beyond. Hang out with your friends at a local pub in London, practice your newly acquired powers in the Crucible, and then travel to far-away lands, exploring everything from haunted castles to closed-off military facilities. Along the way you will battle monsters and other creatures of myth and legend, from vampires to werewolves, to gigantic metal golems and undead dinosaurs!

The Secret World, for all its costliness, seems to be a great buy for serious gamers and is one to be watched out for in the coming months.