Let me start by admitting that I am a huge Guild Wars 2 (GW2) fan with 50/50 in my Hall of Monuments and the Collector’s Edition already pre-purchased. I’ve played in both pre-purchase Beta Weekend Events and milked as much as I could from the Stress Test time. I heard about The Secret World (TSW) a while ago, but knowing that I’d be fully committed to GW2, I didn’t bother following it that closely. However, last weekend I found myself with nothing do and the good folks at www.mmorpg.com where giving away TSW beta keys, so I thought I’d take it for a spin. Having played and enjoyed both games, I thought it would be an interesting exercise to compare the two. Without further ado, here are my thoughts on how the two titles stack up against each other.
Having had a chance to play in both Beta Weekend Events and the Stress test, I now have some actual playing time on which to base my observations and comments. The first thing I want to talk about though, is what a difference actually playing the game makes!
The first we officially heard about dyes in Guild Wars 2 was from this blog post, from the amazing Kristen Perry. For those who are unfamiliar with Kristen, she’s the genuis behind the Sylvari redesign and a master of the pun. The combination of her skill, her humour and dye’s being something that have interested me for a long time in Guild Wars 1, made this post a stand out to me. Let me start by looking back at my dye journey through the original game.
Omnipotence, for starters, is a theoretical ability only. I’ve never actually seen anyone who possessed it, but I imagine it would make things extremely boring. I myself do appreciate a healthy dose of curiosity and I generally encourage people to ask questions. Question everything—start with the weather and end with the question of whether you really want to do that and don’t stop when the answer turns out to be "Yes, I do—I’m positive!" because chances are, you really don’t.
There are some questions that really need not be asked again because we already know the answer. "Is water wet?" is one of those questions. So is: "Does gravity still work?" Everyone knows this and if they don’t, it’s laughably easy to reassure yourself of the correct answer. (Yes, on both accounts.)