Distancing even further from the first few posts on my blog, I’ll be moving away from films, heroes and in this post I will do a short review on and what I consider to be a very underrated gem in the MMORPG genre. The game takes inspiration from a variety of classical horror literature such as Howard P. Lovecraft and his Cthulhu Mythos as well Edgar Allen Poe’s bleak depiction of the supernatural. Of course the game also takes many of it’s ques from Christian mythology. The atmosphere is chilling from the get go.
The first area in the game is easily a myriad of Lovecraftian nightmares, seamlessly embedded in the plots and imagery. Kingsmouth Town, Maine. The isolated, coastal town is an immediate hat tip to Lovecraft’s Call of Cthulhu and the experience of the player is roughly similar as an agent, expected to investigate the odd goings on in the town. Only to find that ancient terror’s have been unleashed and that the wheels have began to turn for even greater and more terrible events.
The player travels across the globe to engage in the main story, in order to progress, the player must complete many other tasks and indulge in many side plots. The side plots are what really creates the atmosphere of classic horror. Perhaps one of the most prevalent odes to classical horror is the Transylvania chapter of the main story. Bram Stoker’s Dracula really comes to life with the Secret World’s adaptation of the vintage horror antagonist. The Secret World developers had employed their own writers to give more depth to the historical characters. Recreating an entire scene in Transylvania so that the player can learn more about Dracula and his past.
As for the gaming side of it, there are the main story missions, which draws the player into experience the main elements of the plot with first hand interaction. The Sabotage missions show off the physics and mechanics of the game. Then investigation missions actually have the player do some research into real life information and web pages, this is an optional extra-curricular kind of mission to expand on some of the real life sources of the game’s inspirations. This, alongside the satisfying combat and impressive animations, make the game a timeless classic that has not received the credit and popularity that it is so clearly due.