You have no idea how glad I am to hear of this from you. Even if it's just a few, I'm glad that not all of them are just cutscenes and then boss/mob fights in between like I've been hearing about from everyone. Especially the reviews in the JP server that has the story be more like what everyone else is saying. Some players do come here to enjoy the story of the game and it should be alright for them to leave afterwards, that is still one of the many ways to enjoy the game.
Was being able to alter the story something you could do in the matter board days or were you referring to what players used to do in the side quests of PSO Episode 1?
Man it's been a long time since I played the original even though I "technically" truly beat the game a couple months ago in preparation of this game finally coming out over here. So I was wondering if there was side quest that was like that in the original. Writing of this, I wonder if some Client Orders sometimes function like the side quests of the original too. There was a side quest that Alfin wanted me to do in bring him along for a certain, but I refused to do it until the game comes out for real first.
I know that much, since every tutorial I watched stressed the importance of Cofy and how she's the one who will help you advance further in the game's mechanics. I've already unlocked hard mode before the beta was over. I wonder how much further I will be when the Open Beta starts.