The 10 Best Story-Driven MMOs of All Time - The List - MMORPG.com

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  • ElvocElvoc Member UncommonPosts: 339
    Everytime I see COH I just wanna cry, I so miss that game..Definitely a diamond in the rough that should have got more attention...
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  • Azaron_NightbladeAzaron_Nightblade KingsmouthMember EpicPosts: 4,287
    Elvoc said:
    Everytime I see COH I just wanna cry, I so miss that game..Definitely a diamond in the rough that should have got more attention...
    For an MMO of that period, it did story very well. The "Story Arcs" that you could play through were fun, and so were the Task/Strike Forces.

    If only the old Paragon Studios could be put back together, and given the chance to make a modern day version of it with a decent budget. It'll never happen of course, since they're all scattered to the four winds, but still...
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  • itchmonitchmon west islip, NYMember UncommonPosts: 1,816
    Are you allowing player made stories to be considered?

    If so, Eve #1.

    If not, FF14 followed closely by SWTOR, GW1, LOTRO.
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  • xDarkjoyxDarkjoy Stafford, VAMember UncommonPosts: 90


    ... GW2 as number 1? really? ... i mean i remember some questing, mostly the GvG ( or WvW or whatever) map.... really? there was a story?!



    Have you even played Guild Wars 2? There's this little thing called "Living Story" they've done for years now... might want to pay attention before you decide to make such ignorant comments.
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    Palawa Joko approves of the list.
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  • TillerTiller Member RarePosts: 6,251
    edited October 4
    I remember when SWG tried to do what GW2 does with something they called "Story arches" and failed. They then tried to just let players tell the story with "storyteller" mode and failed. Anet has surprisingly been able to keep up with this living story thing.

    While I think SWTOR has very solid story lines that in the beginning were well written, followed by ESO, I think what pushes GW2 over the top is the persistence of this story telling since launch.
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  • KyleranKyleran Paradise City, FLMember LegendaryPosts: 26,891

    SlyLoK said:

    A joke list.



    Never played FF but I have played GW2 and it isn't remotely close to ESO or SWToR. GW2 isn't even top 5.



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    :)
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  • KyleranKyleran Paradise City, FLMember LegendaryPosts: 26,891
    What was the topic again?  Oh yeah,  time for me to post my obligatory raining down on the parade.

    "I don't play MMORPGs for the story, it should be the players who create it blah de blah blah.

    Hey, its a Tuesday, feeling lazy.

    B)
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  • GeezerGamerGeezerGamer ChairMember EpicPosts: 7,966
    edited October 3
    GW2? Really?
    GW2's personal story was pretty bad. LS wasn't much better, if only by a little.
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  • xyzercrimexyzercrime Bogor, West JavaMember RarePosts: 862

    Kyleran said:

    What was the topic again?  Oh yeah,  time for me to post my obligatory raining down on the parade.

    "I don't play MMORPGs for the story, it should be the players who create it blah de blah blah.

    Hey, its a Tuesday, feeling lazy.

    B)



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  • Agent_JosephAgent_Joseph Member UncommonPosts: 1,254
    it is joke !
    from list ,only TSW & SW TOR are story driven mmo's
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  • AvarixAvarix Chicago, ILMember UncommonPosts: 604

    SBFord said:

    @BillMurphy is wrong. :P SWTOR is the #1 story-driven game on MY list followed by LOTRO, ESO, GW2.



    Your list is similar to mine. I would just replace ESO with Secret World. Currently playing and enjoying GW2 but SWtOR easily beats it in the story department. I think when it comes to potential Secret World blows them all out of the water, but Star Wars the Old Republic delivered a better story experience.
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  • AdoniAdoni Tucson, AZMember UncommonPosts: 383
    My Favorites are:
    1. Lord Of The Rings Online
    2. Elders Scrolls Online
    3. FFXIV
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  • AvanahAvanah Member UncommonPosts: 1,303
    Have to remember people, that list is based on ONE Opinion. :)

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  • KnightFalzKnightFalz Member UncommonPosts: 280
    SWL has a wonderful story that is well presented, but it doesn't drive the game for me. It is just something to experience along the way. Although I enjoy the story greatly, I also have no control over it. I find it more difficult to invest myself in a story simply presented to me than one I have some kind of control over. That is what drew me to pnp role-playing, which led to my interest in MMORPGs.

    As such, it comes as no surprise to me that some may prefer games that offer some choice in story, no matter how slight, rather than a game with an immutable one, regardless of how well it is presented. Which belongs where on the list depends on the kind of story and method of delivery a person favours.
  • Azaron_NightbladeAzaron_Nightblade KingsmouthMember EpicPosts: 4,287
    SWL has a wonderful story that is well presented, but it doesn't drive the game for me. It is just something to experience along the way. Although I enjoy the story greatly, I also have no control over it. I find it more difficult to invest myself in a story simply presented to me than one I have some kind of control over. That is what drew me to pnp role-playing, which led to my interest in MMORPGs.

    As such, it comes as no surprise to me that some may prefer games that offer some choice in story, no matter how slight, rather than a game with an immutable one, regardless of how well it is presented. Which belongs where on the list depends on the kind of story and method of delivery a person favours.
    Yeah, SWL loses points for being the most linear of them all.
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  • VoidfarerVoidfarer Member UncommonPosts: 62
    Age of Conan was wayy better than gw2!!
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  • CelciusCelcius Member UncommonPosts: 1,150
    edited October 3
    If you liked the SWTOR story, you clearly didn't play a Bounty Hunter. The story they had was an utter mess. It started okay, but then at about the middle it starts going in 80 different directions and is an incomprehensible mess. From what I have heard this is similar to most classes, because they changed writers too much in development for each one.
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  • APThugAPThug Boston, MAMember UncommonPosts: 353


    In my eyes GW2 earns the place because of how it's driven the entire game since launch with story, world changing events, and more. It hasn't always been the BEST story, but how it's done in the game is nothing short of phenomenal.



    When I first looked at this article and saw the thumbnail art I knew GW2 would be involved some how, but I was completely taken by surprise that it would be number 1 on this list. And then, I saw what you wrote here and things started to make a lot of sense.

    I think most people here fail to see the underlining point here as to what you said here in this quote and also what GW2 actually does as a whole with there direction. GW2 since GW1 has been driven by LORE. Almost everything in GW2 has some kind of purpose going back towards some kind of story. Even things we don't even think about, has a story to it.

    For example, the mystic forge. For most people it just looks like another crafting station where players just add random items into it and get a result. Its even been nick named "The mystic toilet." But it in the lore, theres a spirit trapped in side of it. A "Dijnn" named Zommoros who comes from Elona. Hes been around since before humans and usually only speaks to Miyani, and npc who tends to him. She sells stuff to players related to forge and even talks about Zommoros.

    WvW and spvp even have their own stories but spvp more so. WvW is located in the mists, another reality where multiple multiverses battle each other for resources and favor of the gods. Spvp are just reenactments of old battles fought long ago. The Ghostly heros dating back to gw1 allow mortals to fight each other for their entertainment. Where we go and what we fight and experience for the most part has lore. It drives the games development from beginning to end.

    Is this told clearly in the actual story mode of GW2? Kinda, some parts but most of it you'll have to go searching for. Which right off the bat if you looked at it from that point of view you would write it off. But its defiantly there if you go looking for it.
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  • RhoklawRhoklaw Ft. Bliss, TXMember EpicPosts: 5,273
    Kyleran said:
    What was the topic again?  Oh yeah,  time for me to post my obligatory raining down on the parade.

    "I don't play MMORPGs for the story, it should be the players who create it blah de blah blah.

    Hey, its a Tuesday, feeling lazy.

    B)
    Well, I agree players creating future stories is best, which is basically a true sandbox, but you need a backdrop from where to start from.

  • Panther2103Panther2103 Edmonds, WAMember RarePosts: 3,557
    I think this is a decent list. I think I would personally put ESO as #1 and Secret world as #2, just because ESO got me sucked into the story, and Secret World had the most interesting story in my opinion. But that's all this is. Just opinion. I don't see why people always get super upset about other peoples opinions being different.
  • AmatheAmathe Miami, FLMember RarePosts: 2,990
    Everquest has a great story. The difference is that it is not set out in any connect the dots way. You have to poke around all over the place to put it together.

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  • AeanderAeander Walker, LAMember RarePosts: 1,598
    Voidfarer said:
    Age of Conan was wayy better than gw2!!
    Next you'll be telling us that League of Angels is better than World of Warcraft.
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  • etharnetharn Member UncommonPosts: 123
    Mine is LOTRO is first then SWTOR lol.

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  • CryomatrixCryomatrix Cambridge, MAMember UncommonPosts: 1,059
    I've never followed a story in any game i've ever played. I tried, but I just cannot get into it. I don't feel like reading a ton and I just want to get on with progressing.

    Perhaps, I'm missing something, ill try next game I play to see if I can get engrossed in the story.

    Either way, books > MMO's for stories.

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