Quote of the Day

“The Secret World may not be the perfect game for everyone; in fact, I think it is safe to say that it is one of the most divisive MMOs ever made.”

~ Funcom’s Joel Bylos

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7 thoughts on “Quote of the Day

  1. I agree with wloire. Joel Bylos is over-egging that. I thought TSW got a pretty good press and public reaction on the whole and that a lot of people cut it a good deal of slack because it was at least trying to do something different.

  2. I was one of the players that gave it a 9/10 on Metacritic. It is a very good MMO. It is awfully niche though and extremely carebear unfriendly. It has an endgame grind that locks out most casual players and reduces the content available behind dungeon unlocks and gear grinds. The 500+ skills are mostly obtuse and do not always work as expected. Many of our guild members could not develop viable skill builds and the preset builds are mostly useless.

    Last but not least the community was reduced to mostly a bunch of elitists with QL 10.2 gear standing in Agartha and spamming for groups yet refusing to take less experienced players. Yelling “LFM No Idiots” won’t endear you to other players. The game and community became its own worst enemy.

  3. @Actonicus: Ick, I’m glad I left when I did then. Doesn’t really sound like something I want to be a part of.

  4. Divisive isn’t the word I’d use, unless Joel thinks that when people up and leave the game because they’re not having fun they’re being “divisive”.

    TSW is fun… for a very short time. Pretty soon the fun runs out and players are slapped with grinds. When you ship with only a handful of playable zones (and, really, only three or four thematically different zones when you consider it), when you design the game to be a constant switching of skills and gears and then the community has to step in to mod it because your gear and skills manager has serious issues for weeks and weeks, when your chat is broken for weeks and weeks, when your cash shop is arguably the most expensive… and on top of all this you have the temerity to charge an AAA-like sub for what’s arguably F2P-territory content, well… no wonder people are being “divisive”.

  5. Going back to the article, I could see again that Funcom fixated on Qt3′s review. The problem is that yes, that is their lowest score, but if you look at the spread across all other (Metacritic-linked) reviews you end up with a review score of 73, and it only goes up about 1 percentage point if you take out Qt3′s review.

    TSW got hit with the “good but not great” sticker by the bulk of reviewers, then along came GW2 and WoW: Pandas for a one-two combo. It should have launched F2P / hybrid, because that is where the market is right now.

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