Jacob on Twitter just asked me, “Just got The Secret World. I don’t know anyone that plays it. Sounds interesting from hearing you talk about it. Got any tips?”
Sure. I have tips. I’m sure I even posted some on this blog at some point, but in the interest of helping out anyone who is picking up TSW and feeling a little overwhelmed at the get-go, here’s a few pointers off of the top of my head:
- Right after the tutorial you’ll get the chance to try out weapons and pick your starting set. Make sure you pick up two weapons (you can have two different ones at any given time for two strong finisher skills). Worry about synergy later, but make sure you at least have two.
- Need a newbie friendly weapon? It’s hard to go wrong with assault rifle or blades. They’re pretty popular.
- Sprint is your mount — hotkey it and make sure you head back to your HQ every once in a while to pay to upgrade it for its speed bonus.
- A good starting rotation will have a “builder” (an attack that builds resources for ALL weapons equipped), an AOE attack (because there are a lot of packs), a finisher for your first weapon (that uses up resources), and a finisher for your second weapon (ditto).
- Pick up all side quests you find and methodically work through hubs. Pay attention to quest difficulty (it’ll be announced relative to your level next to the title when you pick it up). In Kingsmouth you’ll want to do the quests that lead you to the police station and then do all of the quests there from Moose, Andy, and the sheriff.
- You can only have one main quest, one overarching story quest (blue icon), and three side quests at any given time. Grabbing a new one to replace will put the previous one on hold (and “bookmark” your location).
- Focus AP initially on filling out the inner ring of your two weapons. You can create solid builds with inner ring skills. Focus SP on leveling up equally your two weapons and all of your talisman slots.
- Quests can be repeatable (on a timer), so make note of easy ones or ones with good rewards you want to do later.
- If you get stuck on a mission — and you will, especially investigation ones — there are several websites and forums out there that can walk you through. It’s up to you to decide how much you want to lean on others vs. yourself for problem-solving.
- Be flexible. TSW keeps throwing you curveballs and challenges how you play and experience MMOs. It’s very much not a typical game. It’s sometimes incredibly hard but you can get through it.
- Type “/chat join sanctuary” every time you log in to join Sanctuary chat — this has great people and advice.