Continuing from my rant yesterday on frustration with TSW’s slow combat, I decided to buckle down and figure out a better way to go about my business. Since The Secret World is, at least to me, an adventure game first and foremost, the combat takes a distant second in my interest. It’s there as a way to slow my progress through the story in addition to puzzles, so it’s important to me that fighting not be aggravating. One-minute-per-kill is aggravating.
So I took some of your suggestions — Lick Your Wounds is an excellent skill, thank you — and dove into the forums looking for a good all-around build. What I’m looking at now is a blade/chaos build that focuses on penetration, DPS, and lots of health regen. Perfect for my purposes.
Of course, just blithely switching over is more easily said than done. I needed to invest skill points (of which I had just one) to allow me to use these two new weapon types, and I needed to grab several skills with AP to construct my new hotbar. So I decided to do this in phases. I’d ditch my elementalism first, keeping my shotgun for the time being (the turret is nice, and the shotgun is QL6 blue). I turned to a quick bout of PvP for some additional SP and AP, and after a half hour, I got 3 SP and 10 AP — enough to get started. Finally, just when I was despairing about getting a blade that would work, I got not one but two during a couple side quests I wrapped up.
All in all, I bumped my Blade skill from 0 to 4 in the course of an evening, equipped a QL5 green blade, and then grabbed ten new skills. Before I knew it, I was in a completely different world of fighting — just with these skills, I was whittling beasts down a lot faster, and the health regen made me happy. Part of me always feels bad for using swords in a contemporary or scifi setting (pistols are so much cooler), but I know that it’s always an option for the future to switch, so I’m not freaking out about it.
Anyway, for right now I’m happy. I think the fact that you can use ANY passive skill, no matter if it’s for a weapon you have equipped right now or not, is one of those eye-opening moments in your journey.
Hm… now I really want blades/pistols… darn my indecision!