MMOGC and I were talking the other day about what scared us in The Secret World. It’s not the most terrifying game I’ve ever played, but it certainly has had its moments. She’s doing a post today on the five scariest quests, while I wanted to talk about the five places that creeped me out the most.
1. The hanging bridge
One of the qualifications for most creepy places is that it’s similar to places that genuinely give me the willies in real life. I’m just not one for long covered bridges — I always feel that they’re unsafe. The one in Kingsmouth is even worse, because there’s a sordid backstory that’s only revealed when you go across the bridge when you die. That’s when you see the hanged corpses and the spirits that haunt the bridge. It makes crossing the bridge while alive even tougher, just knowing that they’re there — but you can’t see them.
2. The parking garage
This place and the quest that went with it was a masterpiece of suspense and the use of limited light. Making your character stumble around with just a headlamp in the dark was bad, but it was even worse when nothing happened… and then the cars started lighting up… and finally the monsters came out. By the time the bad juju started, I was several levels underground, feeling buried and trapped.
3. Franklin manor
While the old lady may be perfectly okay living in a haunted mansion, I was not okay visiting it. Even though it’s as cliche as can be expected, the place still was creepy as all get out. Moreso when you did missions to find out about what happened in its past.
4. The amusement park
Amusement parks are awesome while operating, incredibly unnerving when abandoned and given over to nature. This one is no exception. Besides how weird it is for an island to have an amusement park this big, it’s just not the happiest place on earth. I probably felt more foreboding going into it than exploring it, but even so. Creepy.
5. The Morninglight cabin
I’m still not 100% sure what the Morninglight’s deal is, but I do know that I don’t like them. It’s the whole “sinister cult with a facade of cheery happiness” played to the hilt. When I stumbled upon this brightly lit, pristine cabin in the middle of Transylvania, I felt the heebie-jeebies like nothing else in the zone. I knew instinctively that this was a worse place to be than some of the slaughterhouses I’d gone through already.
There are several other spots that qualify too… The town in the fog, one or two of Egypt’s tombs with the nasty frescos, the farm where the inbred Jayne was making sausages from ghouls.