So. The MMO industry has drowned in fantasy games, with sci-fi games a distant second it seems. The Secret World is an MMO set in our own modern world - with a twist. Monsters exist and secret societies fight the monsters and each other.
From my point of view, the interesting thing about TSW is the fact that they have scrapped classes and levels. The game has over 500 aktive and passive skills, and characters can learn all of them over time. Characters can have 7 aktive and 7 passive skills slottet at any given time, which I like. Lots of mmo's seems to drown me in skills I can use simultaneously, and my teeny tiny fingers can only reach so many keys...
Example of game play:http://massively.joystiq.com/2011/07/08 ... age-coast/
I am also excited about the usage of the Dreamworld Engine. Now, granted you need a darn fine computer to get the most out of that mmo engine, but by God it is amazing.
So.... You get to play a game in world that you can believe in, instead of some fantasy world that is too far out, with the freedom to create exactly the character you want to play. As far as I know the game is fully voiced (just like TOR - they just don't make as much noice about it). Also, the game is using real world knowledge for its puzzles, that makes you use google to find information to solve these puzzles.
GDC 2011 Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLlsZoo8m3o
These are just a few things that make me interested the game, but the setting looks amazing.