A very long, dense article that I think pretty well illustrates why, despite the darkness and the game mechanic frustrations, I am still fascinated by Secret World. It piques emotions on a different level that I think is needed, sometimes.
And like my other favorite MMOs (Wildstar and Wizard 101) Secret World does something that many MMOs do not do well. It’s alive. It’s a dark contrast to my other two favs but for me, I need that contrast every now and then for my dramatic driven RP and to balance the lightness of the others.
Every facet of it is very rich, living and immersive versus just a ‘pretty picture with pretty elves’. From the demon selling tacos in Ealdwic to the couple having a talk about a simple crush on a fairy in the park to the little details throughout the world you feel like you are in a living breathing world. Those simple things and the simple imperfections of the world make a large difference.
It shows that the devs CARE and in the end, MMOs need life and care breathed into them versus being just pretty.
This is actually the best article I’ve seen about WHY The Secret World is so fascinating. And probably why no other MMO has managed to hold my attention for nearly as long.