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Panic!

This segment is unique. In less than 300 words I try to get things off the top of my head in any manner I see fit. You have been warned dear reader.

So earlier I had a serious panic attack. My group and I had just finished consecutively running the Slaughterhouse dungeon for maybe about 20 times in a row. We had all wiped the pathetic Gatekeeper, whom players needed to beat to be keyed for Nightmare mode dungeons. We were ready and pumped. I had equipped a QL9 waist talisman and I needed an upgrade to take my DPS  a step higher for Nightmare Polaris. I headed back to New York and the Labyrinth, went straight to the QL10 Equipment vendor, and bought a QL10 Purple waist talisman. I equipped it. Nothing happened. I still had on the previous talisman, and the new one went missing. Panic. It had cost me a lot of Black Marks of Venice from PVP. Despaired, I asked my Cabal for help. I soon found out that in such cases, items can be found at the very same vendor, where under the Sell tab, look at the bottom and there is a Buyback option, and most of the items will appear there. Doubting that it would be there, I had a look and sure enough, there it was, unharmed. Long story short, if this happens to you, you now know what to do.  Cheerios.

/panicoff

 

The Secret World Issue #1 July 2012 “Unleashed” Revealed!

Contents of the new July update which Funcom calls Issue #1, has been revealed! So far, in depth explanations of the new missions is included and it’s going to take us back to familiar places and faces. There was also a sneaky little hint dropped about expanding the story revolving around a female character in the Solomon Island that will reveal more about her, or who she pretends to be..I wonder who that is.

Also, two new Nightmare mode dungeons are coming out which are The Ankh and Hell Fallen. Good news for all NM raiders in TSW and within my Cabal ( We have some dedicated NM raiders in Bloodpact ) as this offers them more options whenever they are locked out from farming the existing dungeons. That also means more Nightmare mode loot!

Apparently, on-site construction in game is already taking place within New York, London and Seoul in preparation for the update. Keen gamers have been noticing this, and I’m curious to go exploring to find out for myself!

Finally, we are getting a cross dimension Marketplace! This allows us players to buy, sale, trade, and ship items across to fellow players and start building the economy within The Secret World! So it’s a good idea to hang on to your PAX Romana for now.

All in all, everything sounds great and is setting up to be a great update at the end of this month so hang on and enjoy the ride folks! PS, Awesome Issue #1 poster!

Full announcement here.

Cheerios.

Syp’s Tips, Sneak Peeks And More

This segment is unique. In less than 300 words I try to get things off the top of my head in any manner I see fit. You have been warned dear reader.

Some interesting beans have been spilled today regarding what can be expected in the upcoming July Update for The Secret World, thanks to the fine folks at Rock, Paper Shotgun. From what I’ve gathered so far, old NPC’s and quest items will have a part to play in some of the new missions that are set to be released. This is interesting. Read on all about it here. While browsing my RSS feeds earlier, I stumbled upon a good post by Syp over at his blog Biobreak about 10 Tips for The Secret World. His tips are spot on and definitely useful for new players that have yet to dive headfirst into the game, so do check it out. I was also interested about Funcom announcing that they will be streaming some live gameplay footage tomorrow via their Twitch TV channel with both Ragnar Tornquist and Joel Bylos in attendance to give their unique insight and development process that went into the process of the game. Nice. More info on that here. Finally, what have I been doing in game? Well I have been playing around with my deck builds, finding a good balance between DPS and survivability to last all the way to the end of the Story Quest in Transylvania. So far so good! I have been playing with Hammers and Shotguns ever since I left New York on the 29th, and I figured it’s about time I explore my options. Also looking to run more elite dungeons. I’ve finished them all, but I guess farming them would be a good idea to keep the AP /SP flowing, and to pick up some alternative loot. We’ll see what gives. Want to join me? IGN : Gradinko

/cheerios

Why I Rolled With the Illuminati

The Illuminati. The Enlightened Ones. Whatever you call them, I don’t care, I love them all the same. One of the gravitating factors that lured me to play The Secret World was the allure of these Secret Societies that  contributes a huge factor to the story of the game. They are the Templars, Dragons and of course the Illuminati. I rubbed my hands together with glee at the prospect of playing as a distinguished member for the Illuminati. Growing up here in Malaysia, teenagers like myself are often fed Western pop culture excessively, and the myths and legend of the Illuminati was on the list. I’ve read articles, books, and watched documentaries about them to satisfy my curiosity.

In terms of the Illuminati in The Secret World, I really liked Funcom’s portrayal of who the Illuminati are and what their agenda is. Not a version of that Dan Brown crap, where the Illuminati wages war with the church for revenge etc. Codswallop. But rather, a power hungry society that fled Europe to reap the riches of America, one that can corrupt governments around the globe with a snap of a finger to satisfy their lust for knowledge, new world order and an upper hand against the Templars and Dragons. Sexy. In many ways this has shaped my very own interpretation of the society. The whole ‘Sex Drugs & Rockefeller’ attitude that I can relate to as well, suggests that this is my true calling. Well not really, but you get my point. I like playing as the rich bad boy bully in the playground. (Does not reflect who I am in real life!) Having played enough of TSW to wrap my head around my chosen society, it’s obvious that we are the cut-throat, snobby, blue suit/black tux wearing sons-of-bitches that don’t give a rat’s ass about nobody but ourselves. We are the society that everyone else loves to hate. I like. We don’t just fight wars in boardrooms or in the enemy’s heads, we actually get down and dirty in the ring when necessary, and that’s where distinguished agents like me come in.

We don’t just sound badass, we look badass too. When I first saw the Illuminati outfits for this game, I was sold man. Amazing stuff, from faction rank outfits, deck outfits and even PVP outfits, they all looked amazing. Neoprene suits with attached gas masks? Check. Slayer, Gunslinger and Bodyguard outfits? Check. Hot liaison chick for company? Double check. In most cases, that’s all I really need.

Well that’s just me. I’m really loving my society and everything that comes with it. From funny and witty mission completion quest texts and dialogue, to the mysterious and uber cool Labyrinth HQ, the Illuminati just oozes superiority. Here’s a few stanza of lyrics that I dug up which seems to sum us up perfectly.

Who controls the British crown?
Who keeps the metric system down?
We do! We do!

Who leaves Atlantis off the maps?
Who keeps the Martians under wraps?
We do! We do!

Who holds back the electric car?
Who makes Steve Gutenberg a star?
We do! We do!

Who robs cavefish of their sight?
Who rigs every Oscar night?
We do! We do!

(Source : The Stonecutter Theme Song)

And finally, to all fellow Lumies worldwide playing The Secret World, here’s a song dedicated to you. As for you Temps and Drakes, race you to the bottom punks!

Fun Fact: When I say we’re hated, we really are hated to the ends of the earth. Last night I was doing some PVP in Fusang, and I stumbled upon two Templars and a couple of Dragons killing each other around the Centre Well 1. Guess what? Both parties stopped fighting each other and turned to kill me instead. Cheerios.

Of Chat Madness, Crazy Euro Rates & Coffee

This segment is unique. In less than 300 words I try to get things off the top of my head in any manner I see fit. You have been warned dear reader.

Hi. I love coffee, it works as the oil in my gear. My coffee of choice would be Nescafe Rich 3 In 1s. Moving on, the in-game chat issues in The Secret World is killing me. One minute we’re a happy cabal chatting away and next minute it’s a graveyard. Also, I suddenly receive group chat messages from group members that I had left 3 hours prior. Fix this mishap asap please Funcom? I’m a social butterfly and I love to chat. You will not deny me. Another thing to note, standing static in Agartha will kill your chat box. Literally. Tons of spam on Trade and Looking For Group, which would seem odd, because I was in fact, looking for a group to run some elite dungeons. Guess what? An hour later and still no luck. Interesting that. I’m sticking to cabal runs for the near future, till everything dies down a little and then maybe I’ll give PUG another try. Finally, I’m 80% close to picking up the GrandMaster TSW pack, aka the Lifetime Subscription. What has been holding me back you ask? If you’re Malaysian, chances are you will feel my pain.

This has been fun.

/cheerios

Fresh Press: Ragnar Tørnquist Says TSW To Get Monthly Content

Some great breaking news has come in today from Funcom producer Ragnar Tørnquist as posted in his announcement The Secret World State of the Game update.  Reading through it, it’s definitely some awesome news for dedicated players of The Secret World including myself, because there is a ton of things promised to come out soon. Let’s take a look at what’s on the list.

1)New Content On Monthly Basis

Hell yes! It’s always fantastic when MMO makers try to keep the hype up of a newly released game by pumping out more content to keep gamers happy. It’s a sure fire way to help convince us that there the future of TSW is bright and that there is definitely longevity for The Secret World. The first of these content updates will be unleashed on Tuesday, July 31st. Stay tuned for more details on that!

2) Said Content Updates Will Include Mission Packs!

Hell yes again! According to Ragnar, these mission packs will include more investigation missions for every zone in the game. I cannot tell you how glad I am to hear this, because I am a huge fan of investigation missions. The thrill and satisfaction of solving something puzzlingly difficult is like a drug to me, and I welcome more of them! More action and sabotage missions are also lined up, so worry not you Leroy Jenkins fans.

3) Shiny New Weapons

Boom! New weapons are always a welcome addition. This game has so many of them currently that I feel like I need a gallery on the net with pictures of every one of em for my own viewing pleasure. There was also a clue about a new auxiliary weapons to be released, and my sharp guess would be a Bazooka. Remember, you read it here first.

4) Raids

Hell yes yet again! Having been a dungeon whore thus far I cannot wait to get into my first TSW raid! Teaser mentions that the raid will be going down in New York. Oh no. Kirsten..

5) Two Large Adventure Zones In The Making

The bomb has been dropped! Two new regions are in the works for the future! But where are we off to next? Let the speculation begin.

6) PVP Dungeon Planned

Say what? My thoughts exactly. I will be keeping a close eye on this. Curious. Very curious.

7) TSW Will Celebrate Seasonal Events

Mentioned events are Halloween and Winter Solstice. Interesting, can’t wait to see how this goes. Cosmetics and more freebies please?

8) A combination of  news regarding Cosmetic Stores, Pets, Combat, Chronicle tweaks and more.

All in all, it’s an anouncement that has sure peaked interests and raised eyebrows as well as made players squirm in excitement, as I have, and I’m eagerly waiting for more news because The Secret World is love. For the full anouncement, visit the announcement thread here.

The Secret World Post Launch First Impressions Part 1 – Presentation

The Secret World has dawned upon us, hailed as one of the most unique and genre breaking MMO’s of our time. I have been following this game closely since being introduced to it late last year by Doc Holiday. Back then I was immediately sucked in to what the game promised to offer. And now that we’ve had a solid week in the game since early access, has it lived up to my own expectations that I had set for it? We’ll see. But for starters, here’s an overview of The Secret World for those who don’t already know.

Set in a modern day world where the buzzing atmosphere of NYC can be felt, the subtle historical influences of London can be seen and the mysterious aurora that the suburbs of Seoul can be experienced, The Secret World ‘s theme is unique in ways that defines it’s own MMO genre. In this world, every conspiracy theory,myth and urban legend is true. Added to that fact are the existence of three secret societies : The notorious Illuminati, the righteous Templars and the chaos theorists Dragons, who are hostile towards each other, but are fighting together against a common enemy. Players select a faction to quest under as each faction offers a different background story and faction rewards. And that was pretty much all I needed to know before pre-purchasing the game. I am a huge sucker for themes such as this (queue Lovecraft, Stephen King etc.) plus an avid fan of the Illuminati, reasons undisclosed.  It was a perfect match.

So without further a due, here’s what I think of The Secret World. To begin with, the presentation of the game is absolutely superb. Even way before open/closed beta, we were given glimpses of the artwork, snippets of the main theme and various other teasers that made hardcore enthusiasts salivate. Just by watching Funcom’s teaser videos on Youtube was enough to make me crave the game week in week out.

Take for example, the Youtube video below. Have you watched it yet? If you haven’t, go on, give it a play.

Now, did it give you goosebumps? It did for me, every single time I’ve watched it, and god only knows how many times that is. The thing that impressed me the most about the presentation in this trailer is, in terms of The Secret World gameplay, you literally see what you get and vice versa. Most of the footage in that video is from in-game, be it cut scenes ( Ur-Draug attacks ‘Copter) or the fighting scenes. Again, impressive. I can recall tons of other MMO trailers that looked bombastic but played like crap. Thankfully, TSW isn’t at all like that as the next part should reiterate.

Gameplay presentation and graphics in TSW is phenomenal, provided you have the machine to run it in it’s full glory. Albeit there are some players having issues with the game on DX11 settings and nVidia drivers, it looks beautiful I tell you. From Kingsmouth all the way to Transylvania, the atmosphere, surroundings, and all the little details ranging from NPC appearances to artwork on walls are mind blowing. The benefits of this at least for me is it makes me feel enveloped in the world and story that Funcom has created. I feel like I belong in that zone specifically completing the appropriate quests, and I can only name one other game that has accomplished this, and it’s a game from Turbine.

Egypt. Just exploring the region puts you in the ‘Cliffhanger’ vibe. Locked, Loaded, and ready for an adventure. It’s beautiful.

Huge kudos to the Art Department at Funcom. I have been persuaded that this is the best looking MMORPG to date. In closing, I’d like to see them address some minor glitches regarding some of the terrain detail. It’s not that big of an issue to be considered game-breaking, but it’s an improvement at the least. These include twitching when scaling rocks, rough edges when traversing through Agartha and the visibility of entrances into instances just to name a few. But with or without, I’m still loving the game for how it looks and the presentation of this game pre and post launch will keep me coming back for more, definitely.

Presentation : 9/10

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