As a sort of companion piece to my previous column covering why I consider The Secret World to be the industry's best storyteller, I wanted to elaborate on my love for the game's characters. TSW is not a game full of forgettable muggles but a place where bizarre personalities and incredible backstories collide. There was nothing, and I mean nothing, more exciting to me than to advance through the game and meet a new NPC for the first time.
So I want to share with you my favorites. I also want to mention that making this list just about wrenched me in twain because I want to list about 70% of the game's NPCs as my favorites. There are so many that are terrific for different reasons, and whether I found myself laughing with them, at them, or against them, they've been burned onto my consciousness.
On the flip-side of Andy's personality is Sam Krieg, TSW's thinly veiled Stephen King stand-in. He's got this dark, caustic personality that finds only dark irony in the fact that the current situation is much like the horror novels he writes. Sam fascinates me because he pushes the players' buttons, shaking their belief that they're the good guys. I also was pretty intrigued by the recent Spooky Stories mission chain that [slight spoiler ahead] insinuated that Sam might've gotten his writing prowess from a less-than-savory source.
Carter's absolutely fascinated me since she took the starring role in the Unleashed update. She's kind of the Buffy of the TSW universe, a teen bestowed with immense power and thrown into a life-or-death struggle with demons and worse. You kind of want to fear her and protect her at the same time.
But over the course of several separate missions and one combined one, these two proved to have major star-power. Nassir is just flat-out hilarious, spouting pop culture references as only someone distanced by location and language can. But he's a real hero, and you start to see that and forgive him for goofing off. Said, on the other hand, is initially portrayed as a mercenary businessman, but he's got a soft spot for the societies in their war against darkness. Throw the pair of them together and it's absolutely riveting. I kind of want to quote every single line from Last Train to Cairo.
I'm going to end there for today and finish up my list in a couple of weeks. I need more space to do it justice! In the meantime, who are your favorite NPCs and why?
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