The Secret World had been building up to the Tokyo expansion since the very first steps in the tutorial, when we explored the immediate aftermath of the filth bomb going off in the subway. Since then, Tokyo had been teased and pointed to as a huge destination, and we suffered through such a long period of waiting — including endless scenarios and Flappy fights — and thought that this place would never come.
But in 2014, we finally got the first new zone in the game since its launch, and it was definitely worth the wait. Tokyo has a distinct personality that’s different than Transylvania, Egypt, and New England, and it’s intriguing to be so much closer to the epicenter of the bad stuff going down in the world.
Yes, Tokyo is a lot harder and I’m still not keen on the AEGIS system as a form of alternate advancement (although I’m making a grudging peace with it). But the quests and stories are so dang good that it’s worth the hassle — they’re hilarious, moving, and disturbing in equal measures.
We got the first part of Tokyo in June, two sidestories packs in July and September, and the second part of Tokyo in December — that’s actually a pretty good update pace for the previously pokey TSW. Altogether, that’s 55 new missions (story, side, investigation, sabotage, and action), which is hefty enough to feel like an actual expansion.
So hooray for Tokyo in 2014 — and here’s hoping that we see another zone before too long!