Remember the movie Constantine with Keanu Reeves? Remember what Hell looked like there, when he stared into the cat eyes and moved to that realm? Well, this version of Hell is just like that -- with you in the middle.
In The Secret World, Funcom brings us a stunning Hell, with burning winds that scorch the landscape, making things hard to see, silencing you completely when you're in the winds, and burning your precious skin to a crisp if you stand in it too long. You have to run from cover to cover to stop the damage you're taking and allow to use your abilities. But the cover is never safe; enemies are waiting for you.
When you finally emerge from the wind-swept areas, you'll find yourself target practice for Hell's artillery. This is where I loved having my "get out of the way fast" assault rifle ability, which allowed me to jump back 20 feet and dodge that fiery rain. During the demo, some participants didn't seem to get that standing in the fire is bad, and we lost a player or two during that time.
I must also confess that the Hell we played was tweaked to easy-mode so we could play through with our very limited experience in TSW, but I was told that at launch, it will be one of the harder instances in the game, possibly even the hardest. And you will revisit it more than once as the story continues to unfold.
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