If I could have one wish in The Secret World come true (apart from lowering mob health a wee bit), it would be for the ability to make auxiliary weapons one of the primary ones. Okay, maybe it would make a mess if players were firing rocket launchers non-stop, but man I’d love to be able to use my chainsaw full-time.
It’s a simple weapon in comparison to the other auxiliary weapons, but I’ve identified with it. Not a lot of MMOs let me saw through enemies with rapidly rotating steel, after all. Its attacks are straight-forward: a small direct damage attack, an AOE attack, a reflection shield (because… chainsaws can do that), and a massive direct damage attack with momentary stun. I’ve been working my way up the skill ladder for that last one because I need a powerful one-on-one attack. 12 AP to go, that’s nothing.
The game only lets you slot one auxiliary weapon and only one auxiliary weapon active skill at a time. If I’m going through a tougher mission, I slot the reflection shield, but the AOE attack is generally great for regular missions and dungeon runs. My guildies seem to comment a lot on how often I’m taking the chainsaw out. It’s that distinctive sound, I suppose.
I think one of the reasons that I love the chainsaw so much is that it fits in with the horror genre so perfectly. Slashers (Leatherface) and heroes (Ash) both hit iconic status with the chainsaw as their primary weapon. There’s something about attacking evil with power tools that makes you feel like you’re striking back. Finally, the demons and vampires have a reason to be afraid. I imagine my character stepping into one of their many lairs, pulling on the starter cord, and filling the space with a growling motor and their screams.
While I’ve acquired the other three auxiliary weapons as well, none of them have tempted me away from my beloved chainsaw. How could they?