Officially Speaking: Will Story Be Enough?
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One of the biggest debates on the forums right now is the question: “How far can story take you?”. The famed 4th pillar of story has left some posters curious about the sustainability of content in the game. One poster Bluerodian asks:
“Eventually, the story runs out. I personally don’t care for either raiding or PvP
so once the story’s done, then what?”
This is a fair question, and several posters have posed it in different ways. We know that each faction has their own quests that do not interact at all, so there are at least two completely unique play-throughs possible, and we also know that each class has a unique story. One thing that is shared however are the quests after the starting planets. Every Empire class will be exposed to the same quests on Nar Shaddaa, for example, with the exception of their class quests. Will voice work help players look past that, or will it instead be more monotonous after the first time? Many on the forums have taken another position. Ravak posts:
“I think anyone that has played Mass Effect mutliple times just to see different parts of the story or the different possible outcomes would disagree…”
There are those that believe that the story BioWare weaves will hold up to several playthroughs, just to see the different outcomes. These players are hoping that the voice acting won’t be skipped through such as quest text might be in other MMOs. Vuldinlol writes:
“Single player RPGs =/= MMOs. MMOs need longevity, and are expected to survive for years. Single player RPGs are bought once, and the company has all they need from the consumer. You cannot make content that lasts for years with story. PvP and PvE endgame is needed.”
After considering all the views, I would say that BioWare expects to offset the “story grind” after one full play-through with endgame. The fact that all we have really seen of endgame is the Eternity Vault begs the question: is BioWare ready with an endgame worthy of these expectations?
What do you guys think? Do you have faith that BioWare’s story is so good that you won’t mind playing through it multiple times? Do you have high expectations for endgame’s ability to hold your attention? Do you think that a single player game story shouldn’t be compared to an MMO story in terms of replay value? Let us know in the comments below, and I’ll for sure join in on the discussion with you.