If Only Every Online Game Had The Secret World’s Fashion Sense

If Only Every Online Game Had The Secret World’s Fashion Sense

There’s something to be sad for giving players a fixed set of armour and equipment upgrades to strive for, that perfect set of stat-enhancing items that let other players know exactly how accomplished they are. That something is “boring”.

Any dedicated World of Warcraft player can look at another and suss out exactly what pieces of equipment they are wearing, what bonuses they are getting to their attributes, and generally how hard it would be to take them down, should the need arise. The intimidation factor is gone.

Now mix-and-match separates? That’s scary.

Look at this woman.

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I have absolutely no idea what to expect from this woman. I do not know what weapons or tactics she uses. I cannot see what talismans and trinkets she’s wearing, so there’s no way of knowing how powerful she is. She’s just a professional woman standing in the middle of an ancient, monster-filled temple.

She’s scary as hell.

Funcom has been giving player social outfits to tool around with since Anarchy Online, giving role-players a wide variety of outfits to mix-and-match. The Secret World does away with stat-based armour altogether, giving players in-game clothing stores, clothes as achievement rewards and special items in the free-to-play game’s cash shop.

Free from stat-enhancing shells, players are free to express themselves through clothing. Sure, some still opt to wear armour…

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… but many more choose to look like this:

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Or this:

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Funcom has posted a guide to The Secret World fashion over at the supernatural MMO’s website, explaining how players can look unique and original like the people in these screenshots. Hopefully they can also post a guide showing other online games how to take off their armour and relax.

Comments

  • “Any dedicated World of Warcraft player can look at another and suss out exactly what pieces of equipment they are wearing…”

    Clearly Mike hasn’t played WoW since transmoging was added…

    • Agreed. But most people who dont play probably draw their information from 2-3 years ago. My favorite transmogs are the “Super Mario” Gnomes. Hilarious!

  • Guild Wars 2, most armour can be made to look like any armour of the same class. Granted there is still a limit to wearing either Light, Medium or Heavy. I liked how Secret World did their stuff, they were lucky in that there World was essentially reality with a twist and the power comes from the person not exactly what they wear. That said would make sense that some clothes have stats, like a BP Vest or helmet ;-).

  • I hate clothing in The Secret World. For an MMO that’s set in modern times and is meant to be somewhat realistic (aside from all the demons and magic of course) it has a surprising amount of slutty MMO armour, superhero like costumes and fur suits. It’s like almost every player character was on their way to a convention but had to stop on the way to fight the forces of evil.

    Not to mention that mechanically, the system is very annoying to use. The interface for clothing is ugly and lags, plus there are full “suits” of clothing where you have to wear the entire outfit and can’t choose just to wear the gloves or the pants or something. And they stick a vast majority of new clothing on the cash shop, even before the game went buy to play, so unless you’re willing to fork out real money, you’re going to be stuck with the lack luster selection of clothing available for ingame credits.

    • there are more interesting clothes available for free within the game via gameplay then there are in the store, and there are plenty of clothing options that not only look normal for a real world setting but will cost you absolutely no extra cash. they’re also working on breaking up some outfits, but the outfits exist for a desighn purpose and there is plenty of individual clothing available.

      compared to what is available free in-game the cash-shop is practically empty.

    • You obviously haven’t played in a while. Most outfits are multipiece now, there is no interface lag, and there have been over a hundred items added to the in-game store to buy with pax, the in-game currency.

    • Hey Dire. A few questions on your comment.

      I’ve been playing Secret World since it came out, and I still haven’t come across super hero costumes or fur suits. No capes or tails as far as I can see and I’m curious as to where you’re finding those.

      As for your “suits”, you can now break apart most multi-piece costumes with some exceptions (like gloves built into a jacket or a pants and shirt combo that don’t fit on their own).

      And while you CAN buy outfits in their store with real money, Secret World also constantly updates their in-game stores where you can buy clothes with your free-currency. Also, you can earn some very cool outfits for free by simply playing the game and earning achievements.

  • LotRO – you can put cosmetic look together from ANY pieces, both armour (any kind: light, medium, heavy) and strictly cosmetic items.
    Cosmetic looks are not available in PvP tho.

  • My biggest gripe with TSW is the character models. Having loads of clothing to choose from is wonderful, but the models who wear them look and move horribly. The faces look like they were designed by an alien who had only heard of humans based on a third party description of one.

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