The Daily Grind: Do you do side quests in your MMOs?

    
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I realize this question doesn’t apply to all MMOs: Some MMOs don’t have quests at all, while in others, there’s no way you’re leveling without them even if you hate them. So adjust the question for your experiences accordingly.

But I’ve been playing LOTRO lately, and all I’m doing is sidequests. I’m quite certain that skipping large parts of the formal book-and-chapter storyline is a bad move, but I’m also leveling crazy fast without it, so I decided not to worry about it overly much until I have no choice. But even then, leveling as a VIP is so crazy fast that quests are going light blue long before I finish the actual area. (I know there’s a per-character cash shop item to slow down experience gain. I will not be paying real money for that.) In other words, I am leaving zones with a lot of sidequests done – and many more not touched at all.

Do you do side quests in your MMOs? How much of your leveling gameplay do they represent?

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Toby

Depends on the MMO…..in Black Desert side quests are (mostly) pointless….in the New World beta I was doing all of them….

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Tandor

I generally do most if not all side quests, but while I like to play a game fully I am not a completionist and so it doesn’t worry me if I miss some quests out.

In some games such as LoTRO and SWTOR it’s now possible to level up on main quests only, and at higher levels I tend to do just those, including if necessary sufficient side quests to remain at the correct level for the main quests – that applies particularly to LoTRO.

Players who want to do everything in a MMORPG but avoid or hate out-leveling the main content should be sure to try EQ2 if they haven’t done so already, as you can constantly adjust the experience received or disable it completely.

In offline games like the TES titles I’ve tended always to bury myself in the side quests before advancing the main quests too far, with the result that I have invariably got bored with the game by the time I’ve decided to check out the main quest. Having taken a break I then return months or years later, decide it’s best to start over and end up repeating the same mistake!

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Zero_1_Zerum

I hate go here and fetch that, go there and kill that quests without any story. I skip those whenever I can. But, sometimes side quests have a cool story, so I’ll play those.

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NeoWolf

When it comes to Quest content I do ALL of it, side quests, hidden quests, main storyline quests, everything! That there content is my bread and butter.

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Brazen Bondar

Completionist here. On the main character I do every single mission in the game. I don’t want to miss the opportunity to learn all the lore and to have all of the story. In TSW that was really important because an NPC in a side mission could give you a clue to unlock something in a main mission. Plus it gives XP and often credits. What’s not to like about that?

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Paragon Lost

Yes I do. I basically try to clear a map of all quests on that map.

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Mihon

Yes I do! And I love them! What’s the point in playing MMORPG if not for the story?

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Anstalt

SWG – spent most of my time leveling doing terminal missions, which I guess you could count as side-quests. On the emu, I tend to just flat-out grind mobs as its easier and quicker.

LotRO – in the vanilla game, you couldn’t hit 50 without doing all the quests. And I mean all, including all of the group quests. I thought it was great and helped create the community we had, but i know others disliked it. With my first alt, I tried skipping some of the side-quests, but then ended up having to grind mobs from 47-50 because I’d run out of quests to do. As my alt was a tank, before they’d introduced dps specs, that was a long grind :(

WAR – skipped sooooo many quests! I started by just doing the greenskins vs dwarfs zones, but when it became clear that doing quests of any sort would gimp me in pvp, I just stopped doing quests altogether.

SWTOR – the game is nothing but side-quests, the main missions are a tiny fraction of the game, so the quests were mandatory. I would have rather just grinded mobs personally, but the xp from quests was soooo much higher than xp from kills that it wasn’t viable. I did eventually just spend loads of time pvping as that was a more fun way of earning xp.

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Sean Walsh

I just started playing SWTOR again after a brief stint at launch, and wow the PVP is super fun! Even at just level 17 on a Jedi Sentinel, I’m having a blast(and quickly learning how to be a valuable teammate). I’ve never been much for PVP in other games, which made this a surprising turn of events(I started SWTOR for the class stories), but I’m glad I gave it a try. Glad to know someone else enjoys the PVP as well. :-)

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Anstalt

From what I can remember, the PvP was the only area of the game where you could experience what little depth the combat mechanics actually had. The CC was finally useful and the movement abilities actually meant something, especially in hutball. I believe this came from the final remnants of Mythic Entertainment who worked on SWTOR.

Only downside was the rampant vertical progression. Not much of an issue when ur leveling up, but at the level cap the differences in power could make it really one-sided. Whilst I was at the top of the power curve, 2-shotting a fresh level capped player just wasn’t fun and finding a balanced fight was rare.

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treehuggerhannah

On my first playthrough and/or main character, yes. I actually have an issue at times with being too much of a completionist and I try to do every single thing, and I get stressed about missing something or it gets frustrating and turns into a chore.

Lately I’ve been working on letting it go a little – games are leisure, and I don’t have to do every single quest if it’s annoying or not fun or I’m ready to move on. It’s kind of hard for me to do that, but games are much more enjoyable and relaxing when I don’t pressure myself.

On alts or subsequent playthroughs I’m more selective. For example, I played through all eight classes in SWTOR to see all the stories, and for the later ones on each side I just did main stories; I’m not going to do every single side quest 4-8 times.

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Sean Walsh

I started playing SWTOR, and enjoying it immensely, with plans to eventually level all 8 classes for the excellent stories. Personal preference aside, any advice about tackling all 8 in the most fun manner possible? Also, can you confirm if skipping the sidequests left you stuck at any points? Doesn’t seem like it will be the case, but worth knowing upfront.

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treehuggerhannah

SWTOR side quests don’t affect main story at all, so you won’t get stuck. You’ll want to use your XP boosters as much as you can to make sure you stay leveled with the content, and take advantage of any Double XP events the game offers. Other than that, it’s really just personal preference. Have fun! :)

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starbuck1771

yes I do side quests.