Secret Monday: Grudge in the Parking Garage

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This Secret Monday the Knights of Mercy (well, Syp and I at least) discover that The Secret World hasn’t forgotten that it is a horror game. With elements woven in from The Ring, The Grudge, and even Doctor Who, the main story mission Contract Killers that Imbeda offers up is a spine tingling dive into sleepless nights.

We started off the night, after talking to Imbeda, by doing the three side missions he has on offer in the Bath House: Chasing Bad Luck, The Ghost Lord, and Samurai Robots Can Happen to Anyone. As those guides I’ve linked suggest, waiting till we had two of each AEGIS Controller (one for each weapon) might have been far less frustrating. As it was, with the two of us, it took us a long time to fight the bosses for each of these side quests. They each have two AEGIS Shields, and they regenerate their shields. We got lucky on the last one we tackled, as there was a large group killing him, so if you are going to attempt these with just one set of AEGIS Controllers, bring a friend … or two.

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Noses bloodied and ribs cracked, we headed to the parking garage to start Contract Killers. The opening cut scene is only a little taste of what we were to face in this dark, underground garage. Syp noticed right away that his trusty headlamp was missing. It turns out, for the entirety of this mission, you have a debuff indicating the batteries in your headlamp have run out. You must complete this mission in the dark.

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And it’s really, really dark. Feeling our way around we quickly discovered that the way up was blocked, and that to advance the mission we would have to proceed deeper underground. Most of the way down is pretty uneventful, aside from flitting shadows and odd noises. Once you get to the bottom, though, and start working your way back up, everything changes.

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All I will say about this is that it’s probably second only to Virgula Divina and The Nursery from Issue #7 as far as terror level goes, and may in fact, surpass them both. Borrowing sounds and imagery from The Ring and The Grudge, and mechanics from a certain angelic Doctor Who episode, this mission is probably one of the freakiest things I’ve ever experience in an MMO.

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And what we learned in the end didn’t really make things better. I, for one, will probably sleep with one eye open tonight.

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Syp called it a night when we finished the mission and returned to Imbeda. I went ahead and ran on to meet Daimon Kiyota; he is one seriously unhinged dude. Still, I’m really looking forward to the next mission.

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I’ll close by saying that I’m kind of stunned at how steep the difficulty curve ramps up in Tokyo. I still have yet to find any AEGIS Modules or Controllers, so I’m still running with the original three I was given at the end of Back to the Beginning. In all the mobs we’ve killed I’ve seen exactly one Module drop. I really, really wish there were a way to craft these things. However, it does seem you can get more Controllers by completing the Tower Defense mission (on a 3 day cooldown). I think this is next on our agenda, cause damn.

 


7 Comments

  1. Sylow June 20, 2014 8:27 am  Reply

    Aye. Tower defense you should run 3 times soon. While a single set of aegis does work, having two of them really is very helpful. Also, i think it’s not withot reason that this misison is placed right where you leave the subway when you arrive in Tokyo for the first time.

    • Tenten June 20, 2014 9:19 am  Reply

      Yeah. I’m working on doing that now. I’m not sure how, but I totally missed Tower Defense. I even did the cell phone one that has you running all around and didn’t come across it. I actually learned about it googling for how to get more controllers.

      • Anainn July 5, 2014 6:45 am  Reply

        You can also pick one up with his second mission in the new Sidestories pack, so you should be able to get a full set a cooldown sooner now.

        • Tenten July 5, 2014 10:55 am  Reply

          Oh, that’s good to know. Although, now I have a full set of controllers since I was able to run Tower Defense three times.

  2. Sylow June 21, 2014 2:34 pm  Reply

    Aye. For controlers, you should re-run the introduction misssion, it seems. I repeated it once for some lore and got a controler along.

    • Tenten June 21, 2014 11:51 pm  Reply

      A controller or a module?

  3. Sylow June 23, 2014 6:20 pm  Reply

    AE Capacitor is what you get from there. No idea if the QL varies, i only repeated it once up to now and got a QL1.

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