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Unlike other genres of video games, roleplaying ones rarely can be entertaining and famous with no plot. Story-Driven MMORPG base the gameplay on the plot and lead players through character development with the help of questlines. Not every story-based RPG have a sophisticated and detailed story. Still, it's usually compensated by other aspects of the game — you won't even spot the cliched storyline and simple quests if they're balanced with immersive dynamic combat or excellent social communication.

Crystal Saga 2

Crystal Saga 2 is a browser-based free-to-play MMORPG in a fantasy setting, developed by R2Games.

Wartune

Wartune is a browser turn-based fantasy MMORPG with SLG elements, developed by 7Road studio.

League of Angels 3

League of Angels 3 is a browser turn-based RPG in a fantasy setting, developed by R2 Games in 2018.

Shadowbound

Shadowbound is a strategy MMORPG game in the fantasy genre, developed by R2 Games.

Mythborne

Mythborne is a point-and-click fantasy browser-based MMORPG in the setting of Ancient Greece.

AdventureQuest Worlds

AdventureQuest Worlds is a browser MMORPG, developed by Artix Entertainment in 2008.

Aion

Aion is a fantasy free-to-play MMORPG in unique PvPvE genre, developed by NCSoft.

Eldevin

Eldevin is an indie story-driven fantasy MMORPG with deep storyline and open world.

Secret World Legends

Secret World Legends is a free-to-play story-driven horror MMO game.

EverQuest

EverQuest is a first commercially-successful fantasy MMORPG, released in 1999.

Crystal Saga

Crystal Saga is a free-to-play 2.5D browser MMORPG in fantasy style, developed by R2Games.

League of Angels

League of Angels is a browser-based 2D fantasy MMORPG with the elements of SLG.

Pagan Online

Pagan Online is a Diablo-like game in Slavic style created by Mad Head Games.

DarkOrbit: Reloaded

DarkOrbit: Reloaded is a space-combat browser MMO game, developed by Bigpoint Games.

Eternal Magic

Eternal Magic is a fantasy social MMORPG, developed by Duoyi Network.

Wartune Reborn

Wartune Reborn is a strategic 2.5D browser MMORPG in setting of fantasy.

Tom Clancy’s The Division

Tom Clancy’s The Division is a multiplayer TPS developed by Massive Entertainment.

Onigiri

An anime-inspired free-to-play Japanese fantasy MMORPG made by CyberStep. Released in 2013.

DC Universe Online

DC Universe Online is a superhero-themed free-to-play MMORPG released in 2011.

Mabinogi

A free-to-play Korean fantasy MMORPG in anime style, developed by Nexon. Released in 2004.

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Many developers create their video games because they want to tell a unique story to other people. Projects of this kind provide the best experience and immersion into the world. Usually, Story-Driven MMORPG has not the only questline for the main plot, but also many side-quests. Different tasks are used for various purposes — typically, additional missions are used to bring players' attention to the improvement of their characters or exploration of the world.

Still, some of the creators use plot only as a framework which will lead your hero between different competitions. A considerable amount of game developers choose simple plot lines which won't require much time on creation. Simple Story-Driven MMORPG may have cliched quests, but all of the events are connected with the help of the main story, based on the lore of the world.

Dozens of Story-Driven MMORPG are based on the universe of the already existing games, books or other works. Because of that, they have not only detailed plot but also in-depth and detailed filler content — for example, you can often find books, notes and other kinds of accompanying materials. They're not necessary to be explored, but they provide knowledge about the game world and events of the plot. Usually, games with exciting plot don't have grindy and boring side-tasks. Very often, side-quests can take much more time than the main quest line — and not only because of their experience profitability.

Best Story-Driven MMORPG

  • World of Warcraft is a story-driven MMORPG, which has the most in-depth lore, fascinating universe and much additional content which tells more about the events of the game — there are books, comics and even movies about WoW universe. This MMORPG receives regular updates with new quests which develop the main storyline.
  • Dungeons and Dragons Online is a complex MMORPG, which has a deep plot and roleplaying-based gameplay.
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic is a sci-fi story-driven MMORPG with entertaining gameplay and dozens of different quests.