I am a big fan of mods. Always have been, probably always will be. Game Modifications allow you to take a game that you’re playing and alter the UI, in harmless ways, to better give you more information or make tedious tasks a little more bearable. As a rule of thumb, I tend to stay away from mods that I consider “cheating”, or generally take away the fun of the game. Also, I tend to stay away from mods of a system that the game is already doing well. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, sure, but an upgrade here or there doesn’t hurt.
The current game I’m stuck on, if you haven’t been able to tell, is The Secret World. A great MMO by Funcom that keeps getting better and better. And so, since I’m stuck on it, I thought I would extol and promote some of the best mods I have found. Some of them I use sporadically, and others I don’t know how I would play the game without. These mod creators are being more than generous, making and offering them for the community, so if you know of any mod makers out there, take a moment and say thanks for their efforts, or consider donating a few bucks their way if they make the option available.
Installing these mods is sort of a complicated process, so let me first describe how you would go about doing it.
- First, download the mod you want, usually in ZIP file format, and open it using a standard program to do so. I use WinRAR, but feel free to use whatever works for you. Inside the ZIP will be a few folders and maybe some other files.
- If there is a Readme text file, open that up and make sure there aren’t any more specific installation instructions.
- Copy all the folders and files directly to your ‘The Secret World\Data\Gui\Customized’ folder, wherever you installed the game. I use Steam to open and play The Secret World, so, for example, the folder is located on my hard drive in the following location: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\The Secret World\Data\Gui\Customized.
So without further ado, here are my Top 10 The Secret World Game Modifications:
Once you get to the top levels of The Secret World, eeking out that little bit of extra damage in a new build is highly sought after, and there is no way better to do it than with a damage tracker. This one offers up the information without bothering anyone else, and works great.
For those of us who like story, but don’t like opening up the Mission log every step of the way, this mod works well. It alters the mission-tracker on the right side of the screen so that when you mouse-over the mission you’re on, it lists the text of the mission’s current tier.
I haven’t played with this one a lot, but I’ve found in group runs, especially in Scenarios, the stuff that drops that is a bother is almost excessive. However, we still need all of that stuff to disassemble to get materials from. This mod allows you to not have to have all of those green loot rolls taking up space on your screen. As you can see from the pic, I have it passing on all of those theatrics that we can’t sell, ignoring anything that has to do with Augments (by ignore, it means the roll window will still come up), and greeding any White-Green drops. If the drop doesn’t match any listed rule, it’ll default to the standard Need/Greed box. I’m sure I’l alter this to my needs as time goes on, but it’ll make getting loot a little less frustrating.
GhostTablet takes the small text screen that shows up when you use in-game computers and extends it so that everything fits on one screen. No more up/down arrows!
6) Resource HUD
Resource HUD takes your weapon builder UI and places them to wherever you want them on the screen as well as makes them larger and more noticable. No more basic attacks when you’re ready for the bigger ones. I know the builders are already listed on-screen, but this makes them easier to see and react to.
Nametag Overload alters the tags above players and mobs heads to give you more information. You can customize it so that the healthbar changes colors as a mobs health falls and so that it gives a percentage of a bosses health left, as well as to always make it visible, even if the original nametag is off the screen. Very handy for dungeon and world bosses.
Now starts the four mods that, since I’ve been using them, I can’t play the game without. Valyrie’s Friends Enhanced alters the look of the Friend and Cabal list to make it more informative and customizable. Add information to any player, like preferred role or add a custom note as to how you met them, other characters they have, anything that would help you remember them better. Very handy.
Topbar Information Overload takes all of the numbers that are hidden away, and makes them fully available to use. Time/latency/FPS/Compass/Inventory space/coordinates/Friends & Cabalmates online/Black Bullion/Pax. On top of that, it also has small icons to open the settings menus of other mods that work with Topbar. It also doesn’t take up a ton of space, either.
If it’s one thing The Secret World does right, it’s making customizing how your character looks. There are hundreds of options from different coats to shoes to gloves to hats that all give your character the specific look you want, without having to sacrifice gear to get it. Serious to silly, all options are there. But, in-game, they’re not organized well. They’re just all placed in your Dressing Room screen by area of the body. Valet lets you create customized outfits the same way you use the in-game Gear Manager. As someone who changes their outfit pretty much every single time I log in, this is a necessary function.
It doesn’t take long to figure out that The Secret World crafting system is both easy and complex simultaneously. Combining aspects of Minecraft, you can use drops you find in game to create items that are useful to you. Want a hammer? Take a weapon kit and enough metal and make one. What I found was that I kept leaving the game to try to remember the patterns to make items, and leaving the game is inefficient. UltimateCrafter has all of the recipes built-in. All you do is tell it what you want to make, and if you have the materials, it’ll make it.
On top of that, disassembling items couldn’t be easier and quicker. The image shows my current settings. All loot that I get, all that green loot destined to be turned into their component materials, it breaks them apart, and stacks and upgrades the piles nicely in seconds. With the new augment system and the ridiculous amount of materials needed to progress in it, this mod is an absolute necessity.
So there you go, my Top 10 Mods that I use. That isn’t all of them, though. Here are other mods that I use that I just didn’t list. Check them out as well:
AcceptAllMeetUps – Accepts all Meet-Up Requests. Necessary during the last Halloween event.
Categorical’s Enhanced Team Window – Alters the group/raid windows so you can move/resize them.
Mission Timers – The new Shift-L command does this, too, but allows a mouse over on the Topbar to see the time left on specific missions.
Valyrie’s Repair Buddy – Auto-repair at all vendors, and more annoying on-screen notification of breaking items.
Valyrie’s Infarmer – On-screen tracking of achievement goals.
Mod on, my friends. Mod on.