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How is the writing?

olepiolepi Member UncommonPosts: 1,262

A large part of RPG's is the quality of writing. I really appreciated the writing in games like Morrowind, or Baldur's Gate, or Vanguard. I particularly like Vanguard's method of telling you the land's lore as part of doing diplomacy.

Lately, many MMO's are really not written much at all, very little reading is required. There is not really much "lore", and quests tend to be the generic "go here, do that, kill this, bring me that" kinds of things, wilth little or no backstory. That is more like an action game.

I have not had much luck with STO yet, I am running an ATI 1800, and the screen keeps flickering as it redraws the scenery, both on the land and in space. It is almost impossible to play, so I don't have a lot of experience with it yet.

How is the writing?

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  • DistopiaDistopia Member EpicPosts: 21,182

    What I have seen so far is the typical MMO fare in terms of writing. There's a war, you're preparing for it and denizens need your help. It's not horrible so far,yet far from stellar. The written dialogue though is well done, as in the conversations you have with NPC's. Again it's nothing to really write home about though.

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  • WickedjellyWickedjelly Member Posts: 4,990
    Originally posted by olepi


    A large part of RPG's is the quality of writing. I really appreciated the writing in games like Morrowind, or Baldur's Gate, or Vanguard. I particularly like Vanguard's method of telling you the land's lore as part of doing diplomacy.
    Lately, many MMO's are really not written much at all, very little reading is required. There is not really much "lore", and quests tend to be the generic "go here, do that, kill this, bring me that" kinds of things, wilth little or no backstory. That is more like an action game.
    I have not had much luck with STO yet, I am running an ATI 1800, and the screen keeps flickering as it redraws the scenery, both on the land and in space. It is almost impossible to play, so I don't have a lot of experience with it yet.
    How is the writing?



     

    It's fairly weak at least so far.  What you have found to be disappointing in mmos as of late is exactly what you'll find here, and there really doesn't seem to be much of a main story arc either unless that comes or progresses at higher levels.  Nothing really stands out anyways far as the writing least to me.

    1. For god's sake mmo gamers, enough with the analogies. They're unnecessary and your comparisons are terrible, dissimilar, and illogical.

    2. To posters feeling the need to state how f2p really isn't f2p: Players understand the concept. You aren't privy to some secret the rest are missing. You're embarrassing yourself.

    3. Yes, Cpt. Obvious, we're not industry experts. Now run along and let the big people use the forums for their purpose.

  • MasoniclightMasoniclight Member Posts: 87

    As a roleplayer, I always take a long look at the storyline... STO is a little shallow right now but I expect it will get better since this is still only Open Beta.. a lot of potential for great stories to be sure.. that will come with the maturing of the game... lets see what 45 days after launch look like when the first big patch/addition is added.

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  • ArchbaneArchbane Member Posts: 14

    I was not impressed with the writing, it has a very generic feel to it that only ties the game superficially to the Trek universe. About the level of Champs Online if you've played that.

  • LimnicLimnic Member RarePosts: 1,116
    edited July 25
    Maurgrim said:
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    Holy moly what an epic necro.
    At least the bot landed their ad link on a tangentially related subject.
    Post edited by Vaross on
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  • ArteriusArterius Member EpicPosts: 1,606
    edited July 25
    Maurgrim said:
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    Holy moly what an epic necro.
    Writing is all luck. That is it. You can't teach someone luck. You can turn in a book today and it could get turned down for any number of reasons, a few years later you could send in the same book and the rights could be sold. It also doesn't hurt to know someone. My mom is an editor for novelists. 

    When I wanted to become a writer I had my in. I just needed Microsoft word to save my ass when it comes to grammar because that was never my strong suit. .

    Edit: I quoted the wrong person... :/
    Post edited by Vaross on
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