Sunday, July 15, 2012

The Secret World

Okay, so the game is pretty cool.  It’s got definite problems, but it’s more fun than not.

My character has been killed once by a client-side crash.

When I exit the game, using the Options menu (F10), it pulls up an error screen and asks “What were you doing when the game crashed?” after exiting.

The ability hot keys, mapped to keyboard 1-7, keep labeling themselves as 1,2,3,4,6,6,7.  The 5-key says it’s a 6.  It’s 5, and the 5 on the keyboard activates that power, but it puts a 6 on there.  Putting a different power on there temporarily fixes the label, but then it goes back to 6 again.

There’s an escort mission in the newbie zone, and the first three times I tried it, the NPC you’re supposed to escort would teleport back to his starting point as soon as I got him near the end-point.  Ported over to a different server (group-invite) and was able to finish it there.

So FunCom has kept up their buggy-on-launch tradition, but in a minor way.

On the other hand, the setting is fun, the combat is fun, the abilities are fun, not having to level-grind is fun, not having to suffer massive alt-itis is fun, and most of the missions are at least interesting.  I love the street names in the newbie zone town, and the cut-scenes with the NPCs are amusing (at least the first time).  Deputy Andy is definitely depraved!

So, overall, buggy, but fun.

Oh, and the in-game browser is a complete pain-in-the-butt.  Better off with a tablet or whatever so you can look up mission-related data in a place where you don’t have to exit from the site you find in order to continue game-play.  Very annoying, not very useful (the browser), so just bypass it if you can.

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