I’ve had a miserable couple of weeks in the Secret World. Just miserable. This was a combination of two factors:
- I completely love the story, the voice-acting, the characters, and the world itself, and
- I cannot abide the incredibly tough combat that proceeds as slowly as root canal work and with as much fun.
I’m serious, I spent the better part of the past couple weeks working on one quest. Just one quest. I was at level and everything, but I’d be slamming my head against it in vain, dying repeatedly because I couldn’t handle more than one mob at a time — and even a single mob presented a minute-plus fight. In contrast to the breezy combat of GW2 and RIFT, it’s been disconcerting.
My previous plan had been to save up AP so that I could purchase a new build that supposedly would solve all my problems and usher me into an era of prosperity and actual fun gameplay. But I just couldn’t wait that long, so I threw up my hands and decided to tinker with my build right then and there. I know I’ve been at this point before, which I guess goes to show that one of TSW’s biggest weaknesses is how easy it is to create ineffective builds (and one of its biggest strengths is the flexibility to redo it on the fly). I decided to keep blades active just because I love the Martial Discipline heal and the spinning stun, but dumped the rest to focus back on shotguns.
It turned out that this was a good move. I’m doing some research into it, but I think I’m going to concentrate on the penetration stat and blast attacks as well as all of the combos that come with those. Creating builds that take advantage of effective combos is key, or so I’m told. In any case, when I jumped back into combat there was a marked improvement in the speed of the fights.
I also had a great time last night with our Monday night TSW group (shout-out to Knights of Mercy). TSW is definitely more enjoyable in a group, and we had a great time rolling through some of the Egyptian story quests and laughing at each other over chat. They also helped me unlock my rocket launcher (finally!) although I think I’m going to save my AP and SP for the chainsaw auxiliary weapon that’s supposed to be coming this month. Shotgun and chainsaw, the full Evil Dead package.
So I’ve gone from despair over loving a game but being quite irritated at its combat to making headway to reduce said irritation. It’s given me hope, which I sorely needed; I very much want to finish out the game at some point, and would hate to be so frustrated to leave it in a huff and never know how this all played out.