The Daily Grind: What’s the best storyline in an MMO?

    
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Story is a polarizing word to MMO players: Either you love it or hate it, or maybe you just think it stinks or isn’t worth the money — yet. Today’s Daily Grind, posed to us by Kickstarter donor Spagomat, asks you to put aside your grievances with the idea of story and decide…

What’s the best told storyline (not overall story/lore) you’ve seen in an MMO?

I’m torn on how to answer this because the very best MMORPG storyline I ever saw was a player-written plot and story revolving around Penelope Yin and the Clockwork King as set up in City of Heroes. Seriously, it made me cry.

But that wasn’t quite the question. I enjoyed my Smuggler’s storyline in Star Wars: The Old Republic, I loved Nightfall’s plotline, and who doesn’t sigh wistfully at the doom of Jaina and Arthas? But my favorites — in MMOs, at least — were always written by players. Likewise, my favorite storyline for a non-MMO was a player-created mod. I always remind myself of these gems when people are arguing Sturgeon’s law as a reason for why games shouldn’t allow player creativity. It might be true, but that’s how you get the 10% that makes you cry over how good it is.

What do you think is the best single storyline in an MMO?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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xannziee
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xannziee

Elder Scrolls Online is my choise, no Q about that. Its the first game iv been dwelling on choises i had to make even afterwards. The storyline and lore is amazing. It makes you feel u care about what happens to the characters and I havent felt that before in a game.

jefreahard
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jefreahard

The one my guildies and I created and roleplayed in SWG. Honorable mention to the one we did in ESO, though that game is so full of phasing that no one else experienced it as opposed to the hundreds of people who shaped our narrative on SWG’s Starsider. 

Oh, you meant which you’re-the-One linear cutscene fest of a dev story is the best? TSW by quite a huge margin.

Liraven
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Liraven

My favorite is probably the Imperial Agent personal story from SWTOR. It gives an interesting perspective on the Empire and has enough twists and turns to keep you on your toes. I love how the companions interact with each other from time to time in their stories as well. It makes it feel more like a real cohesive team instead of just these random people you picked up through your adventures.

haggus71
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haggus71

I’d say LotRO, but that’s kind of a cop out.   It isn’t fair, considering the game’s story is based on the greatest novel of the 20th century.

Best original story is easy.  TSW.  From the setting up of your life in one of the three factions; to the way they weave modern myth into the story; to the way each new part just makes friggin’ sense; if you like story in your game, The Secret World gives it to you in spades.

Oleg Chebeneev
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Oleg Chebeneev

Hurbster Oleg Chebeneev schmidtcapela More linear system made questing pace much more smooth and engaging. You guys probably forgot how crappy and painful it was in vanilla. Play on Nostalrius to refresh your memories.

Klaus92
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Klaus92

TSW, of course. Swtor is a close second, WoW has some Amazing stories. But they’re all over the place, and filled with what feels like bad fan fiction at times. and Final Fantasy 14, and Gw2 stories absolutely bored me to tears.

xania
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xania

FFXI’s Chains of Promathia story. Great story, fun characters, fantastic areas and the excruciating difficulty meant I made (and lost) a lot of friends doing Promyvion. I don’t know if I’d have the patience to deal with it today, but it’s the most fun I’ve had in any game, ever.

Jacra
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Jacra

No hesitation or thinking for me: the Dark Elf race diplomacy questline/storyline in Vanguard. That was REALLY good. It affected me, made me think, if I could maybe handle it differently because of what it ment, the evilness and all (I know, I was a softy Dark Elf).
Second place: the Wildstar Dominion side’s Water-Pell thing that left them all dead. But in a bad way, I’m still upset after all that time that they would wipe them all out and leave them laying dead like that and just shrug it off story-wise. “We” poisoned children!!

Theo454
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Theo454

SWTOR spoiled me. I was skeptical about the game due to others saying skip it, And I’m not all that big on sci-fi, but once I experienced an mmorpg with full voice acting and so many cutscenes and interesting storylines, companions you can talk to, romance and go on adventures with, it’s hard for me to go back to other mmorpg’s that don’t have all those things that SWTOR has. I have one good friend I play with and we duo when we have time to play it and have a lot of fun in the game. Since I prefer fantasy over sci-fi, I’m a bit depressed there is no fantasy mmorpg that has all those things that SWTOR has. I guess I can hope for a Dragon Age mmorpg someday.  That’s probably my only hope of ever getting to play a fantasy version of SWTOR.

ComradeStanimir
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ComradeStanimir

I like LOTRO’s volume I, with Amarthiel. 
The Sith Warrior story, though, is probably my favorite.