A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Secret World is a Mature-rated MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game). The game has to be purchased and a monthly subscription is required to play beyond the first month. Bloody violence, sexual encounters, smoking, drinking, drug use, religious cults, and casual cursing in voiced content are all found in this game.
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What's it about?
In an alternate universe, three secret societies rule THE SECRET WORLD and players join one to vie against the others (player vs. player) in world domination; but then all three societies band together to save the world from evil. Magic is very much part of this universe and the ancient myths are alive. Zombies, vampires, and werewolves need to be cleansed from the earth, and cults that are calling upon the ancient gods need to be stopped from bringing forth more evil into the world.
Is it any good?
For the mature player, The Secret World can be a fascinating game. The modern day setting is rare in an MMO and the modified sandbox style of gameplay and character development can be attractive. The game is a "thinking players" dream as character development is via various active and passive skills that can support each other. Templates are provided to help guide players but as skills can be combined and switched out, the building of skillsets is complicated and could be a game in itself.
The investigative quests are also riveting as these require players to solve riddles and puzzles, using the in-game browser to search the internet for clues. There are several websites built by the company for in-game locations such as Kingsmouth.com that can provide clues and answers.
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- Platforms: Windows
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, investigation, solving puzzles
Communication: conveying messages effectively
Collaboration: meeting challenges together, teamwork
- Price: $49.99 + $14.99 monthly
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Electronic Arts
- Release date: July 3, 2012
- Genre: Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMOG)
- Topics: Adventures
- ESRB rating: M for Blood, partial nudity, sexual content, strong language, use of drugs, violence
- Last updated: June 20, 2019
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