I’ve heard numerous times of how RuneScape has “terrible graphics” and “it’s boring”, but I’ve never heard any solid reasons of why they didn’t like this game. Personally, I believe that they just say these things because they think the game is for kids. In reality, there are adults playing this game and there are adults that are developing this game. It’s not a game for the younger generation only. Now, don’t get me wrong, a lot of younger kids do play this game, but if you really look, the game is far more than just a kids game. Let’s take a look at what exciting features this game has in store.
Your Very First Steps
When you first create an account and start the game, you start out on an island known as Tutorial Island. This place is one of the most annoying parts of the game and is a lot of the reason why people never start to play and realize the countless hours of fun this game can bring them. When I first started playing, it took me at least an hour or more to get through this because I’m one of those people that like to read everything and know what’s going on in the game. It also used to be very confusing. Now, six years later, they have updated it. I haven’t played the Tutorial Island in quite a long time, but there have definitely been some updates to it and once you get through this treacherous island, the adventure begins…
Now that you have made it off that island, here is where the fun begins. Some of you may be thinking, “This seems more like a guide then a review.” Well I assure you, it’s a review.
To clear things up, I have played this game but I don’t really anymore. I was a member for a couple years and I’ve experience most of the game and know what’s fun about the game, and what I didn’t like about the game. There have been countless updates in the years that I’ve been playing. Some were for the better, and some were for the worse as some people may think.
As you can see, I rated the Creativity of this game at a 15 because I feel like it stole a lot of it’s ideas from other games. World of Warcraft being the main game JaGeX took their ideas from. Now, I could be wrong, but that’s just my opinion. For any of you RuneScape players, you know about the new skill that was just released about a month ago. This is a dungeon skill and similar to the Dungeons in World of Warcraft. I believe that RuneScape did an okay job on this skill, but it could have been a lot better. The dungeons are repetitive and get boring after awhile, but if you have friends to do them with, then they can be much more fun. I didn’t have people to play with when it first came out so I tried doing them alone. It gets pretty boring and after a couple of days I’m back to not playing anymore.
You may be wondering why I don’t play anymore if this game is so fun. Well, it used to be fun for me. Now I’m just tired of it like anything else. There are plenty of skills that you can level in this game making it different from any other game I’ve played. Unlike other games, you are able to level each skill and are not stuck with just a few. You don’t create a class at the beginning, you just make your guy how you would want him. Either max out all of his skills, or become a “pure” where you only do certain skills. This would be making your own class you could say.
With the all the skills, there are plenty of ways to make money in this game. The economy is well-balanced and money making can be difficult. You definitely need some experience in this game before you can start making lots of money. At first it may be difficult to play because you can’t seem to make enough money, but if you look around you can find guides on how to make some. Most guides either tell you to merchant, or use your skills to make money. I suggest using your skills to make money as merchanting can get on your nerves and make you not like the game even more. Wait on that until you have a decent amount of money and some knowledge about items and their prices.
JaGeX offers a free version of this game with about 20 quests and the ability to level at least half of the skills on your character. To me, I think that is a great deal. You can play for as long as you want on a Free account and there aren’t any level restrictions. You can max out all the “Free-to-Play” skills, but you won’t be able to train any other skills until you become a member. Membership is only six dollars per month and time cards can be bought at most stores (Wal-Mart, Gamestop, etc.) Once becoming a member, a whole new world is opened up to you and your adventure begins again. Members also make money a lot easier/faster because they have access to the whole world of RuneScape and can now train every single skill. Being a member changes the experience of this game by far.
The basic advertisements that JaGeX provides I feel aren’t good enough to lure people into playing their game. They basically just say you do quests and find treasure etc. etc. To me, this would make me wander off and find a different game because most games like this are side-scrollers or are just boring in general. They do have an actual video advertisement, however, which helps a lot more to see what this game looks like.
There are numerous updates all the time (mostly for members) and there are over 140 different servers that you can play on. You aren’t bound to one server like in WoW. Instead, you can use any of the servers you like. There are also servers for a couple other languages as well. There aren’t as many servers, but there are some for anyone that speaks other languages.
So what are you waiting for! Try out this exciting game and find out for yourself what it’s all about. I barely even touched on all the things that are available in this game. There are tons of quests, tons of items, and PVP! Hope to see you soon!