The Secret World: Five places that creeped me out

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

8 thoughts on “The Secret World: Five places that creeped me out

  1. rowan June 6, 2013 / 9:29 am

    Since we had just finished the quests from “inbred Jayne” (glad I’m not the only one who caught that) and his Norman Bates mother, I would have put their farm near the top of my list. But basically agreed on all your choices.

  2. Tyler F.M. Edwards June 6, 2013 / 9:52 am

    Dude, you’re a Templar. You have no idea how terrifying that garage is until you play a Dragon. That place took years off my life…

    The Templar version is so tame by comparison.

    Personally, I think I’d put the Blue Mountain Mine as #1. Mines kind of freak me out at the best of times — I’m a bit claustrophobic, and being buried that far underground unnerves me — but add to that the Filth, an angry Norse god, vengeful ghosts, and surreal portals to alternate dimension, and you’ve got a proper nightmare factory.

    Also, that Orochi lab from the Templar mission before Transylvania — the one where they were experimenting on children. That one was creepy as hell.

  3. rowan June 6, 2013 / 10:09 am

    @Tyler I agree that you haven’t truly experienced TSW until you’ve done the interludes from all three faction perspectives. MMOGC put that Orochi lab at the top of her list. You should check out her post, too. 🙂

  4. bhagpuss June 6, 2013 / 10:33 am

    The instance in London in the Templar storyline where you investigate the devil-worshipping cult is nauseating. That was the worst one for me.

    The Morninglight cabin above is indeed one of the most disturbing, though.

  5. Syp June 6, 2013 / 11:20 am

    @Tyler — I rolled a Dragon, so I’ll soon see!
    @Bhagpuss — yeah, that place was just gross out the wazoo.

  6. tsuhelm June 7, 2013 / 6:38 am

    This game is getting more and more tempting…

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