the secret world

Official Site: The Secret World
Studio: Funcom
Launch Date: July 3, 2012
Genre: Modern Horror Hybrid Themepark
Business Model: Hybrid B2P (Optional Sub, Cash Shop)
Platform: PC

See also: Secret World Legends

Defiance 2050 performs better than its predecessor but hasn’t won the community over

With last week’s launch of the revamped and rebooted Defiance 2050, Trion Worlds was betting on players flocking back to the sci-fi MMO shooter now that it’s seen improvements and adopted a free-to-play model. However, it doesn’t seem as though the community is giving its approval for the latest version of this game, at least according to Steam, where Defiance 2050 is weathering “mostly negative” reviews.

One common complaint is that the relaunched MMO isn’t really that much different or better than the old game — yet players have to start over from scratch (in an eerily similar situation to last year’s Secret World Legends reboot). Other frequent criticisms include the proliferation of lockboxes, server instability, old bugs that haven’t been fixed, and not enough recognition or extras for players coming from the original game.

Site Kitguru ran Defiance 2050 through a series of benchmarks and compared it to the original game, stating that it “improves upon its predecessor with a more detailed experience.” It was also noted that there was a choppier frame rate on larger resoutions, better AI, and no apparent reason for the reboot on PC.

Source: Steam, Kitguru

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The Stream Team: Hot stuff in Secret World Legends

Massively OP’s MJ is so sick of the sun and heat! But she has 11 side missions and four investigation missions to complete before moving on to… the next part of the desert. Can she finally whip through these and get to the spookiness of Transylvania? Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. to see if MJ melts.

What: Secret World Legends
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, July 12th, 2018

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Battle Bards Episode 124: Old MMOs, new music

It’s a catch-all, catch-up episode for the Battle Bards as they dig through new soundtrack releases from MMORPGs that they’ve covered in the past! You may be prepared for an eclectic and enjoyable mix of music — but there is no way that you can steel yourself for the raw and heartfelt confessions that take place on this show.

Battle Bards is a bi-weekly podcast that alternates between examining a single MMO’s soundtrack and exploring music tracks revolving around a theme. MOP’s Justin co-hosts with bloggers Steff and Syl. The cast is available on iTunesGoogle PlayTuneInPocket CastsStitcher, and Player.FM.

Listen to Episode 124: Old MMOs, new music (or download it) now:

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The Stream team: Aiming for Angry Feet in Secret World Legends

The game may be Secret World Legends now, but it was The Secret World that started it all. And today is the original game’s sixth birthday so Massively OP’s MJ is going to celebrate. The anniversary festivities are still in full swing in SWL, but there are aspects she hasn’t been able to participate in — until now. After killing countless Talos golems MJ finally has a shard to try for the Angry Feet achievement. The only problem is that her shard is pretty common, and other instances are also placing theirs at the same time. Can she do it? Tune in live at 2:00 p.m.to cheer her on in this seemingly impossible task.

What: Secret World Legends
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

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Secret World Legends community mod allows players to make their own in-game missions

No one likes a content lull in a game, but Secret World Legends players don’t have to take it lying down. They don’t actually have to take it at all, in fact, because there’s a community modification to allow players to create their own missions and play those made by others. Admittedly, it’s not going to allow you to create powerful new gear as rewards for those missions, but if you’re in the midst of a content lull that’s probably not your primary concern.

You can check out a trailer and a sample of a mission in action just below, if you’re interested in seeing how the mod works out in practice. Yes, it’s a bit of a stopgap solution for content lulls and doesn’t wholly address the main issue, but it means you can have all sorts of new mysteries to uncover… and other mysteries to create yourself. Isn’t that interesting enough on its own?

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Chaos Theory: A year in the life of Secret World Legends

We’ve talked all about Secret World Legends‘ first anniversary party, but now it’s time to talk about the game’s first year. Fans can easily recall the fateful time of the reboot; some Secret World vets even say the game died that day (although technically the servers are still running and). But did it? No. I mean, TSW’s servers are still running, and thanks in part to SWL, profits are up. Secret World Legends has continued on, growing and developing. And by developing, we mean more content! So what all has happened since that infamous day last June? How well did the game follow its roadmap for the year? Let’s take a stroll through 12 months of memories to look at all the progress forward (or back) in our first SWL anniversary retrospective.

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The Stream Team: Happy first birthday Secret World Legends

Folks may have been partying all weekend, but today is Secret World Legends’ birthday. And what better reason for Massively OP’s MJ to spend more time at the party? (Like she needs a reason!) Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. for more Talos tickling, shem dancing, piñata bashing, and maybe even a Hatekeeper visit or two.

What: Secret World Legends
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

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Community-created Secret World Legends MEGAversary events start June 29th

The Secret World Legends first anniversary event is already in full swing (check out our guide so you don’t miss anything), but there is even more than that in store for SWL fans. Members of the community have put together an array of additional events from July 29th through July 14th that fellow players can participate in, from bike races to boss fights to radio events to a special ARG. Want to hear/share stories? Try the story night night on Friday, July 13th, at 8:00 p.m. EDT at Axel’s firepit in Agartha. Know how to butcher a song? Enter the warped songs contest. There is a whole schedule of events, so peruse the calendars below and find even more details on the event post on the official forums.

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One Shots: I have had just about enough of you!

There are certain locales and cutscenes in MMORPGs that I’ve noticed get screenshotted more than most, and none seem to be quite as popular as the fisticuffs/rebar scene from Secret World Legends. Are we all so bloodthirsty or is it just such an epic moment of vengeance that we can’t help ourselves?

Hirku sure couldn’t: “Off-topic this week because I played SWL’s Last Train to Cairo storyline for the first time last night and wanted to share my pics of kicking Saddur’s ass.”

That poor guy’s been impaled more times than a YouTube video of a girl telling us her opinion about cutoffs has gotten comments. That analogy totally ran away with me. MOVING ON.

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Chaos Theory: A guide to Secret World Legend’s first MEGAversary

Next week marks one year down for Secret World Legends, but the party has already started! From June 20th through July 17th, 2018, players can smash piñatas, scoop up goodies galore, and celebrate. There is tons of loot to get, all new lore to find, and even new Gaia golems to meet. (And by meet, we mean beat down and collect a reward from).

So what does this anniversary event entail? How does it compare to the anniversary events of yore in The Secret World? I’m glad you asked! There are some similarities, but even those are adapted to fit this incarnation. The giant golems are back, but with the SWL raid twist. And remember their shem pets? They are easier to get this time around; no need to pray for good RNG from the bags. And that is just the beginning. I can understand why it has been billed as a Megaversary; there is a whole lot more to this anniversary event than expected, so here’s a guide to help you keep from missing out on any of it.

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The Stream Team: First anniversary shenanigans in Secret World Legends

Secret World Legends turns one next week (but the Secret World IP turns six soon after). And what would a birthday party be without piñatas? Luckily we don’t need to find out. Massively OP’s MJ is jumping into the celebration and seeking some pinatas to smash. Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. to get in on the festivities.

What: Secret World Legends
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 21st, 2018

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 175: Virtual heartbreakers

On this week’s show, Bree and Justin get a little bit crazy and weird as they date MMO NPCs, throw themselves into the middle of studio fights, take a ride on the delay/launch whiplash train, and more!

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

Listen to the show right now:

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Secret World Legends activates its anniversary event and refer-a-friend program tomorrow

A year has gone by since Funcom rebooted The Secret World into Secret World Legends, and the studio is ready to celebrate that milestone with its fans. Tomorrow sees the debut of both the anniversary event and the new refer-a-friend program, both of which will have to tide players over a while while the next content update gestates in some unholy studio womb.

The full patch notes aren’t out yet, but we do know that the event has some fun gifts/rewards such as six new character poses, different sprint effects, and the fantastic BEE DOG. Who’s the most loyal honey-producing friend a superhero can have? You are! Yes, you are!

As for the refer-a-friend program, it will reward both recruiters and their buddies with goodies like anima shards, bonus AP/SP, distillates, cache keys, and a vampire glamour outfit.

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