Posts Tagged ‘The Secret World’

The RPG Scrollbars: In search of urban fantasy

There’s a real urban fantasy gap in the gaming industry, and it’s never made much sense. We see a thousand Tolkienesque fantasy games a minute (rough napkin calculation) and the future’s typically so bright, even the lens flares need shades. Yet when it comes to that line where the mundane meets the magical, mostly what we’ve had for the last few years is false hope. Hope that World of Darkness would bring the complexity of Eve to the mean streets of Chicago or wherever. Hope that the right person with a big chequebook would get hooked on something like The Dresden Files or Hellblazer. Hope that games like The Secret World would lead the way.

So much wasted opportunity, just sitting there and waiting to be seized.

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The Secret World relaunching F2P as Secret World Legends

Real-ish-world supernatural MMORPG The Secret World will relaunch reworked and free-to-play as Secret World Legends [official site] this spring, developers Funcom announced today. It’ll look prettier, fight better, and rework quest flow, all of which sounds great. The Secret World is a wonderful game at heart, with a weird and well-written world I hugely enjoyed getting to know and some cracking puzzles, but it has suffered from its MMORPG baggage. Funcom aren’t even calling Legends an MMO – it’s “a shared-world action RPG”. TSW dropped subscription fees years back but Legends will be properly free-to-play, with all content free to everyone too. Read the rest of this entry »

Funcom Show Off First-Person Spooker Hide And Shriek

The Secret World developers Funcom will launch their latest small spin-off game on October 25th, they announced today. Hide and Shriek [official site] is a 1v1 scare ’em up with two teens from Little Springs High and Innsmouth Academy turning themselves invisible to sneak into school and spook each other on Hallowe’en, as you do. They have to watch for tell-tale signs that the other’s about – moving objects, and such – then give ’em a dang good jumpscaring. Kids these days. Read the rest of this entry »

Some Little Things I’ve Loved In RPGs, Vol 1

One of the main reasons I got into RPGs back in the day was that if you bought one, you were getting a lot of game for your money. That was important when there was only one birthday and one Christmas a year, and not much chance that some relative might pop their clogs in sync with Ultima VI coming out. Years later I no longer need the Grim Reaper’s help to fill my collection, and other genres have done their best to replace scouring maps for objectives with, y’know, game, but there’s still few that can match it in terms of raw Stuff. It takes a lot of content to fill an RPG.

This week then, I’m turning the spotlight on a few small bits and pieces from various games that I think back on fondly. Not entire games. Just a few ideas and moments from them that stuck with me, whether I liked the actual game they were in at all. Add yours in the comments, yadda yadda, you know the drill. Also, I thought I’d try and pick a few things that aren’t brought up that often, hence the lack of, say, Heather Poe from Vampire: Bloodlines or any of The Witcher III’s awesome stuff. Got that? Cool.

Note: you can browse through the list using the arrows alongside the image at the top of the page, or using the left and right arrows on your very own keyboard.

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Funcom’s Hide And Shriek Is A 1v1 Jumpscare ‘Em Up

The Secret World developers Funcom have announced a new spin-off from their supernatural MMORPG, a 1v1 competitive jumpscare ’em up named Hide and Shriek [official site]. It sees two teens sneaking around school on Halloween, trying to find the other one and give them a dang good jumpscaring. Oh, and they’re both invisible. The Innsmouth Academy does have some odd traditions, and we’ll all get to join in this Halloween when the game arrives.

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9.3 Million Accounts Compromised In Epidemic Of Forum Hacks: Funcom, Epic, And More

A rash of hacks in the past two months has left the usernames, emails and passwords from at least twelve gaming forums compromised, including those of Unreal creator Epic Games and Secret World developer Funcom. Other breaches include a GTA fansite and, as previously reported, the official forums of Dota 2. All the attacks involved an exploit in the forum’s software, which the hackers used to hoover up details of members. And while the passwords are encrypted, they can often be easily cracked. In total, over 9 million user accounts have had their details stolen.

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The RPG Scrollbars: Rise Of The MOBA Heroes

Hello there. This week, I’m writing not just as an RPG columnist, but as president of the newly formed League Of Folks Who Don’t Really Play MOBAs But Are Bizarrely Hooked On All The Trappings. As far as I can tell, our membership is roughly a billion people and counting. That’s what happens when the likes of Blizzard and Riot spend literally tens of dollars creating gorgeous videos to promote their worlds, yes, but it goes somewhat deeper than that. Have you ever watched a new character reveal for a game you know you’re never going to play? Then the sickness might have spread.

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