In the land between dynamic or reactive content and stock-still NPCs spitting out quest text boxes in MMOs is the creative use of scripting that developers use. Scripting allows for scenes to play out as they are triggered, ranging from small surprises to elaborate setpieces.
Let me tell you, I’ve been very impressed with Elder Scrolls Online’s scripting nearly every time that I play. Seeing NPCs run about, take action, and talk during quests feels fresh and natural in a way that MMOs usually aren’t. Probably my favorite moment was when I was walking by a building and a questgiver crashed down out of a window onto the street to kick off an adventure with me.
Which MMOs do scripting well? As an extra question, what are some of your favorite scripted moments in game?