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The Secret World Massive Edition is half off till 17 December

To entice you into the fold this Christmas season Funcom have reduced the price of their MMO, The Secret World, by half. It’s not the regular edition of the game but the Massive Edition, which comes packed with the expansions and extra content.

The offer’s only on for a short while, mind.

At its discounted price, The Secret World: Massive Edition, will set you back $30. For that price you get:

  • The full Secret World

  • Issue #1 - #4: These content updates were released for free in 2012 and are fully available for you to explore.

  • Issue #5: The Vanishing of Tyler Freeborn - A deep and dark mystery investigation on Solomon Island.

  • Issue #6: The Last Train to Cairo - An epic Indiana Jones-style adventure (including time travel!) in Egypt.

  • Issue #7: A Dream to Kill - A spy thriller full of intrigue and action in the snowy mountains of Transylvania.

  • Beginner Weapons - A full set of nine powerful and cool looking starter weapons.

  • Experience Potions - Five potions which increase the XP gained from killing monsters by 100% for 8 hours.

  • Ability Point Boost - A boost which lasts for three days and lets you earn extra Ability Points as you play.

I picked up The Secret World when it made the shift to free-to-play earlier this year but I’ve still not booted the thing up. So instead take the word of Dan and Petter.

“The Secret World was mould-breaking in so many ways,” wrote Dan. “Firstly, and most importantly, it never talked down to its players. Mingling complicated concepts, obscure history and Whedon-esque gallows humour, it treated its players as if they wanted to hear the story, as if they wanted to know what the big conspiracy was – and the players found that they did. Because it was a twisty, funny, well-told story.

“Secondly, it was the first MMO I've played where the acting fitted the speech and the writing. Having seen Funcom's mo-cap studio in action, I can tell you that they've made themselves experts in putting acting into games. Thanks to the progressive dross of so many other games our hand might instinctively stretch to the escape key every time a cut-scene comes on – but in The Secret World the story, the humour and the acting restrains you.

“Behind both of these elements is the superb writing. Of course, your character is a silent protagonist – but the cast will tease, rant and prod at him or her, spouting monologues drawn from mingled pop culture, conspiracy theory and every horror mythos under the sun.”

The discount only lasts will the 17 December so you best be quick if you’re interested.

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Dog Pants(7 hours played)
4 Years ago

What the crap is that thing in the bottom right of the screenshot? Bloody creepy, that's what it is.

It's a shame about Secret World. All those things said about how good it is may well be true, but they're buried under a pile of same-old faceroll mob-grind game mechanics which utterly prevented me from getting anywhere near it.

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[5punk]Anery(2 days 9 hours played)
4 Years ago

Game mechanics or combat mechanics?

Game can get a little tedious revisiting areas your just thought you had cleared, no more so than any other MMO though. The investigations are a nice way of taking a break from this though.

Combat mechanics are pretty fresh, it's not roll your face up and down the keyboard like some hugely popular MMOs out there.

Ultimately the problem TSW and every other MMO that takes a break from the norm is that the player base is incredibly small.

Needs a free steam weekend really.

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Dog Pants(7 hours played)
4 Years ago

Maybe the game has changed since the beta I played, but the combat mechanics I saw were hitting skills as they came off cooldown, and having to do over and over again on your way to anything interesting. Which didn't feel fresh to me. It's a shame, because the advancement was different, the settings were interesting - I did love the zombie infested seaside town straight out of The Fog and Shadow Over Innsworth - and the investigation missions are a great idea. I really want to like it, but I can't face grinding my way through another MMO.