Global Chat: Which MMOs have the best quests?

    
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Global Chat: Which MMOs have the best quests?

For some players, quests are either those things that serve to annoy with reading (in a game!) or merely provide gussied-up reward packages. But there are those of us who genuinely love the questing experience, including its narrative and interactivity. So here’s the question of the hour: Which MMOs have the best quests?

MMO Bro thinks he knows, and he’s ranked the top eight MMORPGs in the questing department. Number one? The Secret World. “Every main mission in The Secret World offers a strong and compelling story, provided through fully voice-acted cutscenes and readable items found along the way. Nearly all of TSW’s missions tie-in to the main story in some way, and even those that don’t feature emotional or exciting stories in their own right.”

Join us for another fascinating tour of the MMO blogosphere, with stops at LOTRO, vanilla World of Warcraft servers, and the eternal question of the purpose of vendor trash.

The Errant Penman: Am I really a PvP-focused player? Thoughts on PvP and PvE MMO communities.

“This nostalgia for a peaceful, utopian society of dancers and doctors seems hard to reconcile with my identification as a PvP-focused player. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy ostensibly hardcore features like free-for-all rulesets and corpse-looting just as much as the next person, but how can I call those my focus when my favorite game was nothing like that?”

In An Age: Vanilla World of Warcraft challenge, levels 1-5

“The general Paladin experience was pretty much as bad as I remembered. You start with two buttons: Seal of Righteousness and Holy Light. Combat consists of casting Seal and auto-attacking. For around 12-28 seconds. Per mob. I’m not joking.”

Healing the Masses: Comparing class choices

“Do you ever get the feeling in games like you picked the wrong class? It’s something that seems to happen to me a fair bit and is often incredibly annoying,to the point of making the game feel a lot worse than it actually is.”

Tales of the Aggronaut: WoW and Overwatch

“As you watch folks like Metzen and Kaplan talk about Overwatch you see this unbridled love and excitement in the way they express everything.  You can tell just how much they are enjoying this game and how excited about the future of Overwatch they feel.  This is just something I have not really seen from Blizzard in years in pretty much ANY game.”

Superior Realities: The Secret World beginner tips

“Attack rating is the most important stat for leveling builds. You need only a small amount of health. One to two minor talismans with healing rating can be worth it if your build uses self-healing or leech abilities. For secondary stats, penetration and hit tend to be the most valuable early on. Defensive secondaries are never worth it unless you plan to tank dungeons.”

Mersault: Happy 9th anniversary, Lord of the Rings Online!

“I’ve had all kinds of warm and fuzzy feelings when I saw the ring symbol as quest marker above NPCs heads, or venturing into the old forest in those early days when it had no map and was a dangerous place to adventure in. I can’t tell you how many times i got lost in that forest. The Shire, of course, beat everything. On my first character, an Elf, I traveled to the Shire as soon as I got the quest to go to Bree. I didn’t know better, or maybe it wasn’t possible to use quick travel at that time, so I walked there — and it was epic.”

Random Waypoint: EVE Online in numbers, solar systems

“There are 5201 systems in EVE. That’s pretty impressive, I hadn’t expected that many. Of those 5201 systems, 1090 are highsec, 817 are lowsec, and 3294 are nullsec. That last number again surprised me: more than 60% of all systems are nullsec, although only 15% of all characters dwell there. That would explain why so many places in nullsec feel so empty.”

Psychochild: A call for more diversity of games

“Speaking specifically to PvP games, I think that it’s time we admit that hardcore PvP games like Meridian 59 are a niche interest. A very fun niche interest, don’t get me wrong. But, the combination of free-for-all PvP, full looting, and death penalties just feels like too much for most people. And, it’s quite apparent that other games cater to the people who like this better than MMOs do. MOBAs and competitive FPSes seem to do competitive player vs. player or team vs. team fights a lot better these days.”

Waiting for Rez: Vendor trash

“In every game that includes vendor trash, there is someone on the development team taking the time to create item descriptions and icons for drops that serve no other purpose than to be sold to a vendor for a meager return. That’s depressing when you think about it. It also seems like a bizarrely wasteful use of someone’s time and development resources. So why do these items even exist in the first place?”

Starshadow: Why do I like Black Desert Online?

“Aside from the amazing, immersive and gorgeous landscape which just begs you to explore, I think it is that I’m finding the secondary elements so much fun. I really don’t care about the main story, the combat, the levelling, or the endgame here. These things may turn out to be exactly why this doesn’t become a long-term or main MMO for me, but that doesn’t matter for now. I’m just enjoying the parts that I do like and ignoring the parts I don’t. I do hope that the developers of the other MMOs I am playing, take a look at the secondary systems and take serious note though.”

Every day there are tons of terrific, insightful, and unusual articles posted across the MMO gaming blogosphere — and every day, Justin reads as many as he can. Global Chat is a sampling of noteworthy essays, rants, and guides from the past few weeks of MMO discourse.

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Lord Zorvan mysecretid 
Ah, but I did say that an M-rating is no guarantee of quality in my original post. :-)

I was simply wondering if the less-restrictive content rules for earning the ESRB’s M-rating gave The Secret World’s writers the freedom to write the kind of content they already intended to write, without having to second-guess themselves, as they would have with a T rating (“Can we tell this story as intended and still keep our T rating with the ESRB?”).

Enh. I seem to have explained all this poorly, so I’ll drop it.

Cheers

Lord Zorvan
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Lord Zorvan

mysecretid Then Age of Conan would actually have good writing.

Cahouata
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Cahouata

Karl_Hungus you need to change your deck  at every update in TSW…

Cahouata
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Cahouata

TSW + AoC = Failcom

Origosis
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Origosis

I honestly do not care too much about the best “Quests” I care more about a game being about the leveling experience.  

If that is what you meant by “Best Quests” then I apologize for arguing semantics, and the rest of what I am about to say is moot.  

I like a game where everything is NOT filler until max level. And then EVERY expansion is focused only on the next level of raiding/end game.  
The Secret world does an amazing job of making the leveling experience very fun. And while I do find games with better Gathering/Crafting make for a MUCH more enjoyable leveling experience. I woulds say TSW is much more focused on the entirety of their game vs JUST end game content.  

Personally I enjoyed leveling in FFXIV far more than any other MMO. Thanks to the Crafting, gathering, and the much more intriging and clear over arching story line. (Also the BEST FF storyline since FF6 in my opinion.)  

I love TSW, but I have yet to hit max level, cause the gameplay and quests just got WAY too convoluted and confusing for my taste.

DrowNoble
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DrowNoble

TSW is great with questing.  Not all of them are just “go kill X beasties” and return.  Sabotage requires a keen eye and good coordination to get through the traps.  Investigations actually require you use your gray matter.  They also don’t let you overload yourself with quests, you can only have so many active at once. 

Oh and none if that Daily Quests garbage That Other Game seems to love so much.  Every mission in the game can be repeated, if you want, after a cooldown.  So if you’re going from one area to another you can pick up some side missions to do along the way for extra XP.

melissaheather
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melissaheather

TSW did a great job of working puzzles into quests.
LOTRO gives you the stuff you read about in the books, or dreamed of from inferences made there, very immersive.
SWTOR gives you a great storyline that makes the quests actually mean something.

the rest of ’em feel pretty run of the mill to me. fed ex quests, grind quests, rescue/chaperone quests, etc.

TJCooper
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TJCooper

The secret world quest and stories are amazing. Ive played them all, and nothing has come close. I wish more people were playing it, the genre turned off my friends.

LeeWalker
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LeeWalker

I love TSW. It’s a great game.

wjowski
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Karl_Hungus 
 I really don’t get the complaints about TSW’s combat system.  It’s basically Guild Wars without the weapon-dependency bullshit.