The Secret World

Game review by
Carolyn Koh, Common Sense Media
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Violent MMO has drugs, sex, and cursing; for mature players.
  • Windows
  • $49.99 + $14.99 monthly
  • 2012

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Educational Value

Although elements of The Secret World focus on investigative skills and deductive reasoning, we don't recommend it for learning because of its graphic violence.

Positive Messages

In this game, players join secret societies and vie against each other while also banding together to rid the world of evil, albeit in a violent manner.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The leaders of the secret societies that form the factions in the game are really not what you'd want kids to emulate.

Ease of Play

Game controls and movement mechanics are simple and intuitive. However, the game has no levels or classes and building up skills that will support each other will require much thought. There are also quests that require investigative reasoning and ingenuity to solve.


To advance in this game characters have to kill. They use weapons such as sledge hammers, swords, guns, knives, and magic on monsters and humanoids alike. Although the blood/gore can be turned off in the options, the default has blood spraying even from practice dummies. Players will also see mutilated corpses in some settings.


There is partial nudity in that both male and female characters can be dressed sexily and references to sex and sexual acts are strongly hinted at both in action and in voice-over content.


The game contains quite an amount of voice-over content that can make the game immersive, but casual cursing is frequent. In the Illuminati secret society starting sequence, the player is verbally assaulted with "f--k."


This is a purchased game with a monthly subscription fee. There are no products or advertisements embedded in the game.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Except for Notibly -- the leader of the Dragon secret society -- all characters are adult and may be depicted drinking, smoking, or using drugs. There are bars and drug dens in the world as well as quests which may have players participating in rituals, some with the use of hallucinogenics.

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.

User Reviews

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Parent of a 9-year-old Written byCorey1986 July 16, 2013

The Secret World

This is and okay game for 10 and up but in general it is a tiny bit creepy and in my mind the enemies are twisted and vile. But it is okay just watch out and ma... Continue reading

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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 that can provide clues and answers.

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