First of all, to Gamespot - thanks for the beta key :) I've been waiting to test this game for ages, even before it was remodelled in to ''fight against monsters'' thing. If some of you don't know, it was first supposed to be something like Crime Craft or APB, buut, since CC came out...they decided to remake the game completely.
Anyway, ''this to that'' let's get to the point - BETA!
As I mentioned above, I was really waiting for the game to be released, and was checking their website quite often for new information. Then I heard the news - you can register to beta via facebook. Oh well, did that, they made an interesting test to decide wich ''clan'' you are best suited for, and I became a facebook Illuminati (whoa!?). After some time...couple of months or more(was not fan enough to make a calendar :D)they released ''Secret War'' browser based ''game'' that was tied to facebook. You invited your firends via spamming your facebook page, well it worked well I guess :) new weekly propaganda etc.
Then I suddenly heard that THERE ARE BETA KEYS ON GAMESPOT! I was like: ''NO SH*T!?'' and rushed the gamespot to check if it was truth - and it actually was :D Well I had the ''At last I'm going to try it out'' thoughts in my mind. So I put the client on download, while chatting with my active party(we play different games together, even though we come from different countries). They were glad to hear that we can all try the new game out together. So I went to sleep with happy thoughts - expectations of zombie smashing with mah hammer or shooting monsters to bits with shiny shotgun.
Next day passed really slowly...waiting for the damn beta to open - bleeeh. And when the servers didn't open immediately at the correct time, reading the trolls on facebook. Then I saw a post on the facebook ''THE BETA IS ONLINE''.
At this point my prequel ends, and my whining begins, so if you are big fan of Secret World, drop the reading :D
Well first thing that annoyed me...secret world client was ''checking some files'' every damn time, and it took time, but oh well, whatever :D
As I progressed to character creation, I got confused, first thing that I thought was - ''I cant make my own character?'' The overall scharacter creation screen was...weird...you had the ''face'' tab almost in the middle of the screen(well as people say, whats under your nose - you don't notice). Didn't notice it at the beginning, so clicked the ''randomise'' button on my outfit...what I saw there...didn't impress me at all. I can't say that im bit*y about clothes or that I'm somekinda metrosexual but the clothes I saw there were like...post apocalyptic second hand floor wiping rug store. Well...there was a fine coat(that I decided not to wear - and it was a wise choice, ill explain later why), and there was a nice bulletproof vest - looked badass, so I went for the bulletproof vest with some jeans and boots - so my guy looked like a thogh son of a b*tch who can handle any sh*t you throw at him. Then, as my clothes choice progressed, I noticed the ''face'' tab, where you could generate or customize your physical appearence. Well I went for the Japanese guy looks, because there aren't many who play as asians(I tend to like unique stuff, and that happened to be another good choice that I made during that day). While doing al lthis stuff I noticed...how poor the graphics looked(well my PC ain't the best, so I was running it on ''MEDIUM''), I mean, character himself looked...like he was imported from some MMO from the year 2008(graphically).
I thought - well f*ck it, I'm almost there, so all I had left to do was pick a name(during the character creation I got disconnected at some moment, so had to ''recreate'' my dude again). Anyway, picked a name for my guy(don't remember what the name was anymore - not that it's important anyway), picked a nickname for my dude - all the interesting ones were picked, so chose the ''Jap'' for him :D Oh, about the character customization, there were really few features to choose from, and in overall, customization was limited(maybe it was because of beta? Well...whatever..).
So after the loading screen, I spawned in a mass of ''clones'', I mean...everyone looked alike, every second guy wore the coat I mentioned above, spiky haircut(at this point, I did look like them, coz I had the same...spiky....haircut), and of course the most ''normal/badass'' looking caucasian face. So...the server was full of guys, who looked almost the same(except the beards). Well that was like...ok, who cares, I am Jap, who isn't wearing one of those coats, so it was ''Ok'' for me. At this point my friend spawned as one of those caucasian guys with spiked hair and black coat, so I teased him a bit and waited for the third person who was supposed to join us that day...buut, she encountered some problems with password(game kept repeating it was some problem with capslock or something like that) anyway, so that left only two of us(all the other people who usually play with us weren't joining us that day). So we progressed to templar hedaquarters, along the way we got ''SUDDENLY'' recruited to templars, I'm too lazy to explain all that happened there...if you want, try it out yourself...all that I can say...I was a transvestite with a shotgun during one moment and I saw planet Mars directly from the trainway station. Well it may sound weird, but that did happen, believe me, I didn't drink any alcohol that day :D But to tell you one thing - all the stuff that happened during the ''recruitement'' phase(exept the monsters)was really...bland for me. Nothing...exiting. Well almost all the tutorial stage's are usually boring like this, so I was like: ''well, whatever, lets see what happens next''.
Well the game progressed and I got to the templar headquarters, talked to the boss...and was disappointed again...it DID feel bland again, all the story side...like it was...rushed or something. I mean al lthe recruited to templars - sent to mission stuff felt like out of some childs book, where if hero randomly saves princess and becomes a king in 15 minutes of reading. Same happened to my ''Jap'' some FLY..yes...glowing fly, flew in my mouth, then I got these weird powers called ''materializing gaia into normal world'' then some chick randomly steps in my home and tells me ''you have been chosen'' I was like...''NO **** And where did you pop out from?'' but ofcourse my character didnt ask a thing and just followed the instructions...well probably with the ''lazorzzz'' shooting from the eyes and mouth of my character, something else slipped out of his head... Well, whatever, lets head on to next part.
After I talked to ''BOSS'' I got to choose my weapon, well...I did like the training room, punching and slashing monsters with newly found ''powers'' of chaos(the shield thingie looked really....weird) or shooting the imprisioned abominations with dual pistols etc...the weapons of choice weren't that many..but, oh well...one thing annoyed me, pistols skill ''wanted''...I tend to hate ripoffs...felt like the beginning of ''Battleship'' movie where the dude went after the tortilla via shops roof...if you don't know what I'm raging about...go check the dumbest criminals top 10 on youtube or something like that, you will see where the funny moment is from...but SH*T! That's another story :D Lets get back to the Secret World!
My weapon of choice was chaos magic - aka Kung Pow arse kicking without actually touching the opponent. ''Boss'' sent me to some island, that was previously occupied by illuminati before they went for the America. Well...I was like...''don't notice that I'm recently recruited newb, and you are giving me important mission on my first 20 minutes of Templar membership''. So I gladly accepted the job and jogged out of the Templar base...outside the base I showed of my moves to some newbs who had yet to get the weapon of choice and moved on to the....shiny hole in the wall of some...subway? I'm not sure myself...but apparently, all the important stuff is underground...like the planet Mars I saw before. So I entered the ''mysterious'' hole in the wall. As I stepped in to the unknown I was greeted by a moustached man, with some OOO SH*T BADASS! droids that walked on treebranches, when I looked back, I saw that the place where I came from is like a squirrel hole in a huge tree...as the man with the moustache proceeded with explaining...I got to know that ''this place is like a subway to normal people'' in other words, it was like a bus station of sorts...where you could get from one place to another in a matter of seconds(I really liked that place, so I stayed and trolled around with others for some time while my friend was AFK, as he usually happens...he disappears for half an hour or so...Anyway, while I was waiting I checked some settings, and put the graphics to HIGH, well...they didn't look better...The game still looked...poor, like it was out of the year 2008 so gonna troll here and say, the game is not a WoW killer(even though I dont play wow :D but, who cares? Rage people....RAGE! :D) I know, I'm evil sometimes, sorry for that. So..I decided to ''abandon'' my friend and go ahead with exploring...when I found the ''correct'' station I entered the ''mirror'' of my destination...and...game crashed...
About few hours later:
''WELL F*CK THAT SH*T!'' etc...I decided to go to sleep and try to launch the game again tomorrow.(well, annoying part was that I got in character screen, but the game crashed right after I picked a char and logged in) in other words, I couldn't play. While trying to get in game I made a fine blonde shorthaired woman nicknamed ''Hysteria'', buut she couldn't get pass the random crash error either...
next day when I woke up and finished all the stuff that needed to be done I tried the game again...same sh*t...nothing happened, then a brilliant idea came to my mind: ''stupid dumb*ss, yesterday before entering the new area you touched the video settings of the game, so I tweaked down my settings to LOW, tried to get in game again...and...VOILA! It actually worked!
So my story continues from there...eh crap, I'm getting sleepy...it's 3:13 AM in here...and I'm still writing this crap!? :x
I entered the new area...I was greeted by a cowboy with an awesome voice! He pointed me to small sheriff outpost where couple of people were holding out against hordes of zombies. So after 50 or so zombie kills...I proceeded to the outpost(while killing I got some loot and other stuff, like belt out of chains, some sword...that looked like sh*t in my hands because of the ''stance'' etc) In outpost I met a girl/woman sheriff and got some quests, most of them were minor like collect something etc..so I went on a rampage, killing most of the zombies I encountered while doing the quests...at some point, I got stuck on a quest where yo uhad to find some medical papers on patients(really annoying...) could find the sheet NR 7 anywhere...in the end I passed it, and on the way back to the outpost I found it immediately on the road...oeh...my blindness has no limits...During questing...i got disconnected couple of times...and I noticed that relatively few people were in that place...did they move on? Or they got tired coz of bugged beta? Don't know...But yea...population was low...saw about...10 people during all that time.
Well...After I reached the outpost...I got Disconnected again...that's where my patience ended. So I sen't the error report, opened my CCleaner, and uninstalled the game, you ask why? Well...heres the short version of what I saw:
Graphics: Looked a bit above the medicore Korean mmo's. But even with that graphics, they managed to relay the ''atmosphere'' of Secret World, and London really well..and that's the only thing that surprised me.
Physics: Character moved weird, especially sideways, everything else was ''ok'', but take a note...not awesome...but ONLY ''ok''
Story: the game's idea was BRILLIANT! The game felt...like rushed sh*t...I didn't get far with the main quest, I know...but the dialogs etc ruined my gameplay from the beginning...and the recruitement phase...that was = DAFUQ quick?!
Audio: well loved the soundtrack in the menu, even after all the trying to log in during first evening, it never bothered me, ingame audio...nothing special, but above average korean mmo for sure :D
In overall: let's not buy it, and wait till it gets free to play like AOC, and it was a BIIIIIIIIIIG letdown for me...really....big. You failed guys...at least that's how I see the future of Secret World if nothing changes.
Well...hope you enjoyed my ''small'' blogpost, and thanks for reading it till the end. If you disagree about something, or you have your own thoughts about it, feel free to comment.
P.S: sorry for all the swearing and for my crappy english :)