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11-11-2009 @ 1:33PM
"it's also a sign that Blizzard is pushing this old game as hard as they can"I don't play a lot of other MMORPGs besides WoW, but have any of them managed to incorporate storyline into the game in a really meaningful way (outside of one or two bright spots)? I think its just a limitation of the genre in general.
11-11-2009 @ 2:11PM
Yes, LOTRO. There are plenty of little side quests like WoW to help people out around the world, but then there is the epic story line as well. It is split into "Volumes" and "Books". The first volume had 15 books in it, which are all these epic quests that progress the story as you go. Many of them have cinematics and their own instanced zones. You get to participate alongside heroes from the story, and there are voice overs at different points from Gandalf or Galadriel.The epic story quests also reward you with "epics" which are about the best, non-dungeon, gear you can get, titles, and even a mount. So there is incentive to do them for sure.
11-12-2009 @ 8:00AM
Guild Wars is also pretty good at this - the main centerpiece quests of the game (called missions, very similar to WoW instances in concept) are impressive in scope and generally contain multiple cinematics.Frankly, WoW is behind the times in this particular area. I liked the Wrathgate questline specifically because it seemed like they realized that and were trying to correct it.
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