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?