Long-time readers of Bio Break might recall that my journey through The Secret World hit a wall of frustration around Egypt, a sticky spot that I eventually powered through the main story and skipped a lot of the other missions just to get to Transylvania. As a result, my experience there was swiss cheesed, and so I’ve resolved to go back and complete all of these main quests (and as many side ones that I can find).
It’s not been an unpleasant time, I must say. I think having better gear, a couple strong builds, and a more capable grasp on how to play my character helps. I plowed through pretty much all of the missions, only sticking on one sort-of buggy action mission in the Orochi camp. I even soloed Eye of Horus without pause, and if you’ve been through Egypt than you know that this is the mission that makes gamers spit unintelligable hatred.
Part of me feels like this is a waste of time. If I’m running missions for AP, well, Transylvania and scenarios are so much better for that than Egypt. The gear isn’t helpful and there’s no other significant reward or goal involved. But mostly, it’s reminding me of the best part of the game — the missions. While dungeons and lairs and scenarios can be fun to do with friends, they’re just not as captivating or challenging as missions are. Plus, the story. That right there is its own reward, and you get that front-loaded.
I’m still not a fan of the zone design, particularly in the City of the Sun God (oh, the canyons… the sand… the depressing atmosphere…). I don’t think any MMO is going to win me over to loving desert zones. I guess I can be glad that Egypt wasn’t three zones in the end, because there’s only so many talking idols that I can chat with before going slightly mad.
From here I’m going to do the same tidying up in Transylvania. I’m gradually working on getting set for nightmares, but I’ve got four more elite dungeons to run and a gatekeeper to kill, and scenarios seem like they’re more important these days in regards to getting augments.
I guess I just can’t wait for Tokyo. I really wish that I could take Guild Wars 2’s “every two weeks” content pace and substitute TSW instead. New missions every two weeks would be incredible. Barring that, a new zone is something that a lot of us have been waiting for, and I hope that new ones past that won’t take as long. Stalling tactics like scenarios and augment grinds and events and endless dungeon runs don’t cut it when the real meat of the game is on the grill.