As someone who's experienced his fair share of multimedia tie-ins to video games, I look for one quality above all else when determining how successful a tie-in is. Does the tie-in tell a story compelling enough to thrive on its own if the video game never existed at all? That's an especially important question for me, as I have no plans on actually playing the game in the foreseeable future. Fortunately, the answer is a definite yes in this case. This show certainly has its flaws, but it doesn't need the MMORPG companion as a crutch.