Review by kklolkk
Graphics - In 2 words: Blocky, plain.
Well what more could a browser oriented game give you? RuneScape was made to run on low graphics-capable computers, therefore having the potential for a wider audience... and it has seemed to work well, with a user base spanning several million people. If you play a game for graphics this will not be the one for you.
The sound in the game more or less compliment the quality of graphics. Unless you feel some kind of retro music nostalgia by listening to it, you will most likely be listening to your own tunes.
Gameplay - In 2 words: Simple, repetitve.
If you plan on playing this game seriously, and I mean reaching 99 skills, prepare for hours/days/months/years of clicking. It requires over 13 000 000 (that's right 6 zeros) experience points to reach 99 in a skill. It will require a great deal of patience and dedication to get anywhere in RuneScape. The ultimate grindfest!
It's what you make of it. I've found many kind and friendly people and some mean folks. Usually if you're pleasant, the game as a whole is more enjoyable and actually benefits. Other than that, you can choose not to talk altogether. At the end of the day, the enjoyment you get from playing RuneScape should not be tainted by some fool calling you a "noob".
Membership - In 2 words: Beneficial, interesting.
Membership is a must for those who play the game seriously. From the increases in experience - to the size of world you can explore, it is definitely essential for the hardcore RuneScaper. Membership is a lot cheaper than most MMORPG's (5$ a month) and will have enough content to keep you busy for a while.
Quests - In 2 words: Short, disappointing.
There are about 20 free quests that you can complete, then about 100 member quests you can complete. For an MMORPG, this is a truly abominable. If you enjoy roleplaying, questing and enjoying some kind of story, RuneScape will not be your choice.
The PvP or "PK" (player-kill) is as of December 2007, uninteresting. The wilderness, the place where only the toughest of fighters would dare venture has been turned into a joke. Players could kill another player and take all their items in the wilderness. There was a sense of freedom and marvel as you explored the vast charred lands. You didn't know what was coming next. That was the beauty of RuneScape PvP.
Bounty Hunter - The new PvP
You are no longer able to fight other players in the wilderness. Now players must enter an enclosed area according to their level and are only able to fight the player that is chosen by the computer. The color of skull above a players head indicates the value of items they have.
Not something the modern-gaming enthusiast would enjoy.
Reviewer's Rating: 2.5 - Playable
Originally Posted: 07/29/08
Game Release: RuneScape (US, 03/29/04)
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