Before I purchased the Secret World complete bundle, I had issues playing the game. Quite frankly, I don’t believe I’m the only one who’s struggling alone on this boat. Secret World is a whole new game on itself with missions that have to be deciphered using info in the real world or searching through Google. Combat in the Secret World was also a challenge when I tried to defeat Deacon Claude using my current set of skills. I can speak for a lot of new gamers here; as we all know the Secret World has over 500 abilities at our disposal. Players are able to mix and match abilities to their liking but in the end, experimenting with every skill combination was a waste of time. Even if I had done a little research how to build an effective build in the game, I still died. This was the time when I needed a Secret World Strategy manual to help me.
I found the Secret World strategy guide on a website called Killer Guides (after it was recommended by my gaming friends); it’s a website where they sell game guides for the price of $29.99 USD. After I bought the product, I was given my login details. As mentioned on the website, the guide was instantly downloadable. I opened and found 100 pages of information. This is my first time using a guide so bare with me; for starters the table of contents was packed with information, ranging from faction breakdown, skills and abilities, talismans, transcribing, quickest way to gain anima/skill points and most importantly skill builds and rotations.
The highlights of the guide for me was the chapter about skill builds. Although I can’t go into much detail since the guide is under a single license, I can tell you exactly how effective the skill builds were. First of all, the guide did not list pages upon pages of skills. Rather, the guide listed the skills which I needed to use in combat, dividing into sections of PvE and PvP. Both builds were very different but they worked very well on the field. I saw an immediate change how I fought monsters and progressed through missions. Without the help of the Secret World Strategy manual, I would have died a lot or depended on others to help me. However, with the instructions provided by the guide, I was able to equip more efficient abilities to use in battle. Also, I’d like to note the skill rotation used in battle were highly effective, destroying the enemy in quick flashes. Another thing I’d like to mention are the multiple options for possible yet effective skill rotations; the author did not suggest just one skill rotation to use but wrote down several. Some skill rotations were specifically for tough to beat bosses, mobs and PvP combat.
The next highlight was located under Missions. I was well aware this game was unique, providing players with Investigation Missions. These were puzzle missions. I enjoyed puzzles but once they become too difficult to solve, I just give up. The guide covered every Investigation Mission in the game and advised me on how to solve each puzzle. This was better than giving out answers and not understanding the puzzles and clues. For players truly stuck on the puzzle, the guide does give you the answers but it’s recommended for players to solve and unlock the secrets (you get a better understanding of the game and its conspiracies).
What’s my overall verdict? I really enjoyed the guide, probably it was one of the best guides I have read in a long time. The information was presented clearly and there was no jargon in the guide. The guide was direct, to the point and extremely helpful. I do highly recommend this guide and the bundle if anybody is considering on playing The Secret World. The guides are packed with information and it really did help me advance through the game. This is highly, highly recommended!