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“Guild Wars 2″ vs “The Secret World” – Part II

I received a ton of a comments, and although GW2 seemed to be winning earlier, TSW has seemed to creep up in the number of recommendations. The following are what some of the readers of this blog has to say about the two titles:

Guild Wars 2

“GW2 will entertain you for 80 levels.”
- Drew

“The fact it is buy once, play forever is certainly a draw.”
- Drew

“The sPvP is fun and engaging. The PvP [in TSW], however, is awful.”
- Drew

“It should certainly be noted that GW2 is far more “populated”. In the starter and ending zones, you will see lots of folks, and you’ll work with them without having to group with them.”
- Drew

“Hmm I actually think GW2 story telling is decent but more so in the open world, especially if you follow dynamic events and spend time listening to chatter in towns, villages and cities. Haven’t tried TSW yet due to advice from my gaming buds who warned me not to touch it with a shitty stick.”
- Pitrelli

“If I had to pick I’d go GW2 simply for nostalgia reasons as GW was my first ever online (MMO) game and I played the crap out of it- plus no subs is a winner imo.”
- Gank

“You must play GW2 because I am a GW2 fanboy.”
- anon4ec

“I pre-ordered GW2 before pre-ordering TSW.”
- Winged Nazgul

“[After switching to TSW, no] idea if I’m ever going back but at least the option is always there.”
- Winged Nazgul

The Secret World

“But if story truly is paramount for you – then go with TSW. GW2′s story-telling, quite bluntly, is terrible. The personal story is awful. Awful. The NPCs in general are completely forgettable.”
- Drew

“TSW, on the other hand, has a cool skill system and really good voice acting and story-telling.”
- Drew

“But from a pure “story” standpoint, the game is fantastic. Reminds me of a horror-version of Fallen Earth – the game with bar-none the best “world” I’ve ever played in. GW2 just feels ‘plastic’ in that regard.”
- Drew

“My suggestion – give the TSW free trial a shot when you have a good chunk of free time. It’s three days, but can be extended based on some parameters (30 quests or something) to five days. Try before you buy!”
- Drew

“I ended up getting the TSW lifetime sub because I feel this is an extremely good value for my money.”
- Winged Nazgul

“GW2 didn’t stick with me and I returned to TSW after about 2 weeks.”
- Winged Nazgul

“To cut a long story short I was bitterly disappointed in GW2 primarily due to poor storytelling and its extremely monotonous ‘heart’ quests.”
- Rob

“If you love storytelling then you honestly can’t go far wrong with TSW. As others have said it’s by no means a perfect game (actually Drew summed it up perfectly) but from a storytelling point of view there is no stronger MMO in the market right now.”
- Rob

“GW2 is a good game, but TSW is fantastic, and story-wise it really can’t be beat. In my opinion it’s the best written MMO out there, and this is from someone who previously thought SWTOR storytelling set the bar. But TSW just blows it away, I’m afraid.”
- MMOGamerChick

“But if you don’t mind something different, and you’re looking for some fun in a horror-themed story-driven MMO, I say go for it.”
- MMOGamerChick

“As for me, I’m still subscribed to TSW at the moment, though I haven’t been playing so much because I’m also juggling GW2 and WoW, but I know TSW is a keeper. My guild is having TSW nights, because every month Funcom updates the game with new content and new quests and there’s always going to be a ton of things for me to do.”
- MMOGamerChick

“Played TSW and loved it so much I bought the life time subscription. Try the 3 day trial first (which extends to 5 days) so you can give it a go.”
- OneShard

“Get TSW! Playing TSW for just a month (before subscription kicks in) will already allow you to live out a wonderful story. “
- Phedre

“I’ve been playing MMOs since Ultima Online, and nothing has captured my interest and imagination like The Secret World has. I’m a Rank 13 Illuminati with 65% of the skill wheel completed. I’ve located every hidden lore item in the game, have several Quality Level 10+ (10.4 being the highest in the game) pieces of gear, and I have over 1,000 kills in PvP. Still, even in the end-game, I can recall the names and stories of NPC’s from the very first zone. I know every area like the back of my hand, not because of how frequently I’ve visited them, but because each zone I quested in was so unique and richly detailed that I couldn’t keep from exploring every inch. The dungeons are unlike any other. Each one features its own story, and the bosses are more like puzzles than tank-and-spank throwaways, requiring every member to pull their weight and work together. Few games have given me the same satisfaction and sense of accomplishment. I have the lifetime mebership, and I’ve never regretted it for a second. I bought Guild Wars 2 a few weeks ago because a few of my cabal members were giving it a go, but I don’t have a single character over level 5. Compared to The Secret World, Guild Wars 2 feels so bare-bones, rudimentary, and forgettable. But the price is right. The subscription model doesn’t sit right with a lot of people, but I think the monthly content updates absolutely justify it. This month’s update will add new missions, the games first raid, a theatre where players can put on shows while players in the crowd cheer them on or boo them off stage, and more. Try the trial. I don’t know you personally, but based on your post, I think you won’t be disappointed.”
- Landiien

  1. October 4, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    “Still, even in the end-game, I can recall the names and stories of NPC’s from the very first zone.” — Landiien

    This comment resonated with me, because it’s so true. TSW is the first game where I’ve remembered the names and back stories of pretty much every single NPC I’ve come across. I can tell so many others feel this way, because every time I talk about the game to other players and refer to a character by name, they know exactly who I’m talking about…and then the funny quotes by that character will start :P The script writing is just so well done. In Kingsmouth every questgiver seems to have a distinct and memorable personality.

  2. jonatans_leak
    October 5, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Hands down, Secret World. If you play GW2 it takes about a week until you notice how generic and cookie cutter GW2 is. Removed questhubs are not innovation. TSW eats GW2 in terms of innovation and originality any day. So my recommendation goes for TSW without a doubt. But it´s two games for two different audiences. GW2 rated Teen, TSW rated Mature.

  1. October 4, 2012 at 10:18 pm

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