Runescape Review

Is it worth subscribing to Runescape?

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197 days ago

Yes, I've loved most the time I've played and although I've been forced to do content I dislike, generally the reward after is worth it.

The most recent update Menaphos, is nothing to be proud of though, it's pathetic and is not an example of how good the game can be.

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6 Months ago
Menaphos wasn't the best, but it certainly wasn't pathetic. They can do better but the quest content and city itself are really good. The grind is what bothers me.
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192 days ago

Yes in both meanings of "subscribe". Subscribe, as in, following its progress, yes, because it's a game that evolves weekly. Subscribe, as in paying the subscription-based members' game, yes: the subscription is affordable compared to most MMOs and literally unlocks everything except for the few cosmetic things on the cash shop (which are also usually fairly-priced). All expansions and content updates are included with subscription. If you want to subscribe long-term, it's best to wait until the end of the year when they offer the Premier Club packages of 3, 6 and 12-month membership deals with exclusive bonuses.

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Have you bought anything in Runescape? How happy were you with your purchase?

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197 days ago

Yes I have, I've never not been given what I was promised. I dislike the gambling aspect, however it is profitable and that's all the new owners care about.

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6 Months ago
Technically the gambling is 110% optional and is only technically gambling. Treasure Hunter is free unless you want to get more chances to try for a certain prize. No different than a carnival game, really.
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192 days ago

Yes. Never been unhappy.

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How fair is the free-to-play model in Runescape?

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197 days ago

Unsure, not a F2p player, never have been.

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192 days ago

Kinda crappy, I have to admit. The free game is really, really restricted. It's a fully-playable, full-length RPG if you play it as a single-player experience but half the skills can only be trained up to level 5 (max level is 99 in most skills). Also, combat is a little bit restricted, the world is really small for the free players, and the amount of quests for free players is really small as well.

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How active is the PvP community in Runescape?

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197 days ago

I don't do, nor like PvP, the community is "cancer" and shameful.

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192 days ago

Not very active in RS3 anymore. Players can play in the Wilderness, Duel Arena or a few other PVP minigames but most of the game's PVP community couldn't get over themselves or the combat system upgrade. Old School RuneScape does have a PVP community that's pretty active, though.

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How grindy is PvE in Runescape?

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197 days ago

Depending on what you're doing it can be grindy, killing something with no mechanics, such as General Graardor can be grindy to a high level player, however to a mid-level player it's an exhilarating chance to test their mid-tier items.

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192 days ago

Most skills require grind to level up, sadly. However, if you pace yourself properly, it actually isn't all that bad. I, unfortunately, did not level my skills up evenly, so I had to really grind some of them to access certain quests and such.

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How well does Runescape let you develop your character?

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197 days ago

It's almost completely your choice, a lot of the quests obviously have a predefined ending, regardless of choices, however they are starting to allow your character to be more "independent" where by your choices will reflect possible outcomes in later quests!

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192 days ago

Probably the most sandbox MMO out there. The game opens with you creating a character, you go through a story-based tutorial and then you are unleashed into the world to literally do whatever you want. You can develop your character in a non-story way by bossing, skilling, etc. If you want to develop your character in a story way, playing quests is the way to go: as you progress, the world will start to see you as THE most important hero in Gielinor's history, but you have to work for it.

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How imaginative is the Runescape lore?

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197 days ago

Very, it's up there in terms of surprises and how they manage to forge new lore into existing without it becoming unbelievable.

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192 days ago

Exceptional. I would say the only other fantasy series that beats its lore is The Elder Scrolls. The lore involves various ages of history, vast cultural differences, the story of gods and heroes, everything. It's really solid stuff.

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How good are the graphics in Runescape?

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192 days ago

With NXT, the graphics are on par with some more modern MMOs. I'd say its graphics are kind of a blend between the cartoony style of games like WoW and the more realistic style of games such as Guild Wars/GW2 and The Elder Scrolls Online. Not the best you'll ever see but NXT has delivered (and will continue to do moreso over time, according to the developers) some really nice scenes. It fits the overall theme of Gielinor.

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197 days ago

It's not like you'll forget you're on a game, it's obviously "cartoony" but at the same time you can see a lot of work goes into it, play on NXT client at full detail and you'll love how fantastic it can seem.

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How good are the sounds in Runescape?

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197 days ago

Music and sounds are fantastic, with some characters now voiced in specific quests.

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192 days ago

Really, really good. Excellent soundtrack, solid environmental effects (almost every action in the game has a unique sound for it, from pounding a sword into shape to simply turning the pages in a book), and the voice acting is top notch.

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How does Runescape run on your PC?

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197 days ago

As I have a top end home built PC, it's very good.

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192 days ago

NXT's performance is really solid. It runs perfect on my gaming rig and at acceptable framerates on my laptop.

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