The Secret World

  • The Secret World
77
Based on 21 scores, 35 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    2
  • Good:
    13
  • Average:
    4
  • Bad:
    2

Pros:

  • Creepy and unique modern-day setting invites you to explore.
  • Intricate writing and lore entries draw you into the ongoing narrative.
  • Investigation quests are an intellectual change of pace.

Cons:

  • Movement and combat are floaty and unsatisfying.
  • Unacceptable quest bugs and execution flaws lead to major frustrations.

Expert reviews and ratings

By Hi Tech Legion on -

When I started playing LOTRO in 2007, I was deep into the MMO press. I was always looking for rumors and gaming buzz because I hadn't officially committed to a new game. There was a buzz online about a new game in development called Cabal. The company in...

By 1UP on 88

Confession: I always read quest text in MMOs. Always. As a direct consequence of that habit, I'm often left in the dust while my friends pick up a new task, click through the dialog window as quickly as possible, then dart off into the horizon toward...

By PCWorld New Zealand on 70

The human race is fascinated by what lurks in the shadows. It's in our nature. We want to unravel mysteries, uncover secrets, shine a light on the silhouette standing outside our window. And what's more mysterious than a secret society? FunCom's new...

By PC Gamer on -

12Next »It’s always disappointing to see a new MMO stick religiously to the framework forged by previous games. To its credit, The Secret World pushes further than most, departing from the norm in its setting, its systems and its objectives.It aims...

By PC Authority on 50

Ever wondered what the world would be like if the supernatural mythologies of the world weren't so mythical? Funcom's new modern-day MMO explores the idea of secret societies and allows players to explore a world where the supernatural is something very...

By NZGamer on -

There's a standard formula for Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) games; it's tried and true, and, frankly it would be fair to say a lot of people are getting quite bored with the genre. Here's how it goes: You have a theme; if you have any sense, you...

By avforums.com on 80

So what makes a good MMO for you? Does it have to be based heavily around player interaction, with a wealth of content and upgrade opportunities that allow individuals to specialise and act as a cog in a well-oiled destructive machine? Is it raiding or...

By Strategy Informer on 80

Disclaimer: this is by no means the definitive, now-and-forever, all-seeing all-knowing review of The Secret World, because that is impossible. This isn’t a cop-out in case you disagree with me (although it handily doubles as that), it simply means...

By PC Authority on 83

The Secret World generated a great deal of buzz with its initial announcements – the modern setting albeit one with magic and demons and the like seemed to hit a certain fan nerve, along with some extremely slick video marketing. As time rolled on,...

By GameSpot on 75

Kevin VanOrd explores the mysteries of The Secret...

By GameSpy on -

It's easy to want to fall in love with The Secret World -- from afar, it seems so perfect. Here, at last, is a game that has the guts to throw out the "givens" of MMORPG design, like levels, classes, and traditional talent trees. The very premise is...

By Cheat Code Central on 84

Plenty of MMOs are highly anticipated. But only a few succeed. And with The Secret World, Funcom and EA have taken an enormous risk: Not only is this game the result of five years of development and untold millions of dollars, but it breaks the MMO...

By NowGamer on 83

Another strong start from Funcom, presenting a world full of character and room for development. It will be interesting to see how it grows over time.More Like This... More Articles >>>...

By PC Authority on -

I personally hold up two games as being the paragons of MMOs, especially when it comes to getting players quickly involved in the game's plot, and feeling like they're having fun. World of Warcraft, especially now, has really streamlined that early game...

By PC Authority on -

My first attempt to see a behind-closed-doors presentation of EA's upcoming MMORPG wasn't the most successful of outings. While the game was there and I certainly witnessed a live play-through, the presentation was in German, and for those of us who are...

International Review By PCWorld Italia on 70

concept interessante, ma alcuni meccanismi di gioco sono progettati...

International Review By Looki.de on 80

von Nils-Marten Hitzfeld "The Secret World" schlägt einen ähnlichen Weg wie SWTOR ein und setzt den Fokus auf Story und Quests und weiß manchmal anscheinend nicht, ob es nicht doch ein Solo-Rollenspiel im Körper eines MMOs ist. Ohne an die Tiefe...

International Review By Skillpoint on 80

Få spelutvecklare kan anklagas för att vara lika ambitiösa som Funcom. I varje titel de släpper försöker de att pressa gränserna och ramarna för vad som går inom en given genre. Oavsett om det handlar om äventyrsspel som The Longest Journey eller nu...

International Review By Computer Bild on -

Kein Talentbaum, fraktionsübergreifende Einsätze – „The Secret World“ mischt das MMO-Genre auf und macht vieles anders – aber auch besser?...

International Review By fwdmagazine.be on -

In deze rollenspelwereld die plaats biedt aan duizenden spelers gaat men ervan uit dat elke mythe, urban legend en samenzweringstheorie waar is. Van Stonehenge tot vampiers, van demonen tot zombies, van spoken tot naamloze tentakelmonsters uit het diepe....