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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.

Mabinogi

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

RIFT

A classic free-to play old-school MMORPG with a flexible system of classes.

Titanfall

One of the most famous mecha MMOFPS with unusual game universe in the setting of science fiction.

Dragon Awaken

Dragon Awaken is a browser-based MMORPG developed by Game Hollywood.

Dragon Nest

A Hack-and-Slash MMORPG with non-target system, developed by EYEDENTITY GAMES in 2010.

Path of Exile

A multiplayer RPG from Grinding Gear Games. The ideological successor of the Diablo series.

ArcheAge

The game has several publishers who have localized and distributed it in certain regions.

SAO's Legend

Unique browser-based MMORPG, distributed according to the free-to-play model.

Generation Zero

Generation Zero is a sci-fi survival MMOFPS in retro stylistic.

Lost Ark

An online isometric MMORPG game from Korean developers.

Bleach Online

Bleach Online is a browser fighting game in the setting of extremely popular anime, Bleach.

World of Warcraft

One of the most famous and popular MMORPGs with an interesting plot and incredible world.

Lineage 2

Lineage 2 is one of the most popular fantasy MMORPGs since 2003

Guild Wars 2

A player-driven fantasy MMORPG with diverse gameplay and unique class system.

Final Fantasy 14

Final Fantasy 14 is a pay-to-play fantasy MMORPG based on the worlds of the Final Fantasy series.

Black Desert Online

Black Desert Online is a combat-focused high-fantasy MMORPG with dynamic combat.

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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.