There are special loot drops, which have a purple background and an extra affix. Those drops generally come from dungeons, but I also got one while speedrunning missions in Kingsmouth yesterday for the daily. Then I got three in one run through Darkness Falls story-mode.
You played the original right? If you linked your old TSW account, you should be able to do the “collect all your old outfits/unlock all weapon pages thing” from the delivered Items window in Agartha, even with a new character.
It’s nice that Funcom have given this game a new lease of life, it was always a flawed gem, with some of the most immersive storytelling and fun puzzling in any game ever, combined with a clunky combat system.
Nice to see both features present and correct in this iteration. :) It’s quite amazing that they’ve managed to work on the combat system and it still feels clunky. For me, it has something to do with the pace of the animations combined with sluggish responsiveness somehow. Not that I like the super-fast animations of some of the more Asian-style combat, but something inbetween (e.g. Cryptic’s Dungeons & Dragons, or Warframe - they just “sit” better in terms of pacing and fluidity for me).
It’s fun to revisit the story, and it’s still amusing that regardless of how ancient the graphics are, the conversations still have great voice acting and loads of character, with the overall writing and concepts being really very good for a videogame.
I guess the streamlining of the mechanics of the combat system is ok, but I am disappoint that yet again another attempt at “freeform” ability design has sort of failed (the last big one I remember being a shame it didn’t work was Champions Online). There was something very fun about discovering interesting combinations, but one thinks that surely the devs must have foreseen all, and these things get discovered pretty quickly by players anyway, so then the system becomes somewhat optimized by the players after all, so the devs might as well not have bothered.
What is the problem with that type of game design? Is it that you can have either freeform or “character” but not both (i.e. you have to make things generic and switchable in terms of numbers, or you have to have carefully balanced bunches of numbers with uniquely characterful abilities, in which case it can’t be freeform?)
I can’t help but think something more conditional would work better for freeform (i.e. a system where the mob is “aware” of what the player can do and tailors its own abilities more precisely to the player’s) but then I guess you’d have another problem of unclarity for the player as to how to build - or maybe (with an online game) too much complexity in the calculations for fast enough combat? Dunno, but I’ve always felt more contextual awareness would be a good thing - surely such a system could be translated for the player so it can be made comprehensible in some way to aid character/class building?
So I’m going along grooving on the writing and the cutscenes and so forth. Then I get to this part, which I’d mercifully forgotten about:
I’m having a blast running through the story again. I’m level 49 and still in Egypt. Apparently Transylvania has a steep curve requiring purple talismans and weapons, so I’m not sure how long my enthusiasm will last. I’m already seeing people ask for nightmare dungeons with gear limits attached. That was the nail in the coffin for me with TSW, the elitism that required serious cat-ass grinding to even get into a group. I’ll probably flail through to pre-Tokyo and then wait to see if the Aegis system is re-introduced. If it is, I’m definitely out of the game. There is so much good to this game but the grinding is soul-destroying. I wish there was a way for grouping to occur that made sure that everyone was at a similar level and the mobs were auto-scaled to fit.
Oh yea, this was my second new character. my original has everything.
My cabal is running dungeon runs every day, so if you’re interested you should look us up, I’m usually in the q23 channel just in case someone drops by. I guess we’ll be starting harder dungeons shortly as a few more hit 50.
Ha, yeah, everything with Cassie and Beaumont-cough-Loki was cringeworthy. It’s funny that the more a game tries to show how grown up it is the more childish it seems to be…
Someone who’s paid more attention than I can correct me if I’m wrong, but it seems like they’re basically adding a big chunk of content from TSW expansions, and also scheduling raids and events from TSW to happen in SWL as well.
I’m really having a good time, still fiddling about with my build (I did find a dps builder I like, which helps to prevent me from going energy-less with my guns) and enjoying the story immensely.
The very last item on the list (“Dark Agartha”, etc) is the first thing that represents actually new content. Elite dungeons and raids, the events and the Transylvania stuff they describe, not to mention all the Tokyo bits, were already in TSW classic. I actually had assumed that those Transylvania missions were already in the game because they pitched it like all the content in the first three regions (including post-launch “issue” missions) was in Legends. Guess not. Hoping they have a better solution to Tokyo than AEGIS this time around.
I doubt it, though. The timeline they describe is significantly more aggressive than I was expecting and doesn’t seem like it would offer enough time to completely mechanically revamp that content, just tweak it to fit the new paradigm.
They have promised that they do. They’ve said that AEGIS is being reworked in light of player reaction to it in TSW (a lot of us quit right then, including me).
I can’t link anything, because they no longer do much in the way of official communications. Other than occasional news releases and server maintenance, the only place where they now dialogue with players is the Discord channel. There are a couple of devs who like to hang out there and chat.
I assume they’re saving some money by shutting down their forums.
Did our first Cabal summon today, some guy named Joe at the graveyard in Kingsmouth. Was nice.
Finally hit 50 and tried my first elite. We couldn’t get past the second boss, but I think it was mostly due to mechanics, even though my shitty gearlevel didn’t help.
Ran into a interesting problem last night. (same happend to a cabal member, who bought Chests on the AH to sell to vendors for money…)
Had 2 inventory slots free.
Kill a boss and try to get loot.
Fail repeatedly to kill next boss and thus die many times
Did not have enough money to repair Anima
Did not have enough money to upgrade an item set.
Had to sell items on AH to have enough room in inventory to loot boss.
STILL not any money to repair/upgrade
Rince and repeat for next boss, and next one after that.
After exiting and completing dungeon daily I guess I had 1000 credits, which was enough to upgrade 2 items (and thus free two slots).
So; For the first time since Vanilla WOW my progress is hampered by not having any money to “repair”.
Another thing, was looking into UI mods for TSW. Really, the only way to make them is to have Adobe Flash Creator Studio and/or download Unreal Engine 3 SDK for Scaleform Clik?
Seems like a good way to ensure that not a lot of UI mods would be created. (and there aren’t that many I guess).
There were ones for the important bits of TSW classic. A lot of them probably don’t work on Legends, some of them would be irrelevant. For example, the mod I absolutely relied on was a crafting automater, but they stripped out the entire crafting system far as I can tell (and frankly, that is a change I can approve of). So no more need for that.
I dinged level 50 and cleared out all the missions in Egypt. I love how they introduced the jumping portals into the city of the Sun God, it’s now my favourite zone. In TSW I rushed through the area and never looked back because of the frustrating map layout. Now it’s much easier and I got to enjoy the quests related to the guardians. I loved the movie cut scenes for each mission, there was something about a squabbling group of kids who are doomed for eternity that brings out the pathos.
I began playing this game this past weekend, and am really enjoying it. Still on the first island in New England but having a blast. Anyone else still playing?
I’ll be dipping in for some of the Krampus content for the holidays
That sounds fun!
Off and on. I generally at least log in for my daily reward and lifetime patron cache key. Over Thanksgiving I finally hit 50 and am mostly done with Egypt.
I’ve finished Tokyo and gotten everything up to yellow. Now I just log on daily to also get the patron key. Waiting for the promised new content to arrive.
Holy shit. A few days ago I ran into an investigation mission I’d never seen before though I thought I’d done everything main-mission-wise except for some Nightmare Transylvania missions and Tokyo in the old game. It’s called The Angry Earth, and apparently it was there in the original game as well, but I just missed it somehow. (It turns up in Agartha, of all places, and you have to do some specific Egypt side mission - as I tend to not worry much about finishing these, that’s probably why I didn’t run into it.)
Which turns out to be a huge oversight because it kicks off this gigantic quest line, the only one I’ve seen outside of the main story quests, running all across both zones of Egypt. Mysterious tremors, Atenists, the Secret World version of the tale of Aladdin, King Solomon, a classic Tomb Raider/Indiana Jones esque trip through the bowels of the Black Pyramid (complete with plenty of puzzles, traps, and torchlight) and a hellatious boss fight all await. It’s pretty amazing.