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After work yesterday I sat down for another round of The Secret World and decided to look at things a little more deeply, especially the whole crafting and statistics thing. There are just so many confusing statistics that I had no idea what meant what, such as what's the difference between To Hit and Attack, they sound like the same thing, right? It seems not! To Hit means you hit more, Attack adds to the damage. Ah ha! They have little tooltips over each of the stats in the character window, I'd never noticed that before.
So then I thought, how do I get the stats I need in the right places, so started playing around with the crafting system. Now there's something cool I never expected to find. I usually loathe crafting in MMOs, but this one works for me for some reason. Break down items for their parts, combine those parts to make better parts, link them together in a certain pattern based on what item you want. It works surprisingly well and is quite an addictive little pastime, as well as probably the best way to get exactly the build you want.
So now the depth of this game has gone up another level, there's so much to think about, so much to work towards, I can see me playing this game for quite a while to come. Great game. And I never expected to ever say that considering people were advertising it as a solo MMO. Hell, I've been through Polaris five times already and seem to be grouped every time I go near a dangerous area. Person in the same area? Invite. Grouped. No problem!
Best game I've played in a long time, MMO or otherwise.