RuneScape User Reviews

8.0

An Excellent Way To Experience An MMO... For Free!

The good:

~Excellent, immersive environments than run on your computer using Java - no download of software required.
~Graphics are pretty good (though not elaborate) and are able to run smoothly without glitching.
~Even the free players (those without paid subscriptions) get plenty to do, and players are never hassled to buy a subscription.
~For those who decide to buy a subscription, the monthly price is fairly low - about $7 a month, in fact!
~Audio and music are very nice and match the areas where they are placed.
~The community is generally helpful and it isn't rare to see a more experienced player helping a new one.
~Open chatting has a fairly good word filter and moderators are constantly patrolling the area - a plus for safety. There are opportunities for activities that encourage safe, fun interaction with other players.
~Players can utilize any combat style they wish - they are given equal stats to start out with.

The bad:

~There are those members who will bother players without regard to the site's rules - bypassing the word filter, scamming, begging for money or items or harassing is common in some areas.
~The combat system is extremely simple - after clicking on an enemy, no further action can be taken during the fight except to switch weapons or spells or to restore health. This may lead to some annoyance due to the lack of challenge.
~The guides and tutorials available in-game and on the official website can be helpful but often have holes in the aid they can give.
~Free players are not able to access about 50-60% of the features and areas available in the entire game. This can be frustrating to players without the means or desire to pay for them, as references to them can still be found within the free area.
~Busier areas in the game are prone to lag and (depending on the connection) even dump someone off the server without warning.
~Though the system of death is designed pretty well, it can still get fairly annoying.
~Male players are far more prevalent on the site than females, which sometimes leads to harrassment towards females.

Summary:

The MMO World of Warcraft is widely known among hardcore and casual gamers alike, and it has earned itself a place in the culture of gaming. However, the cost to play it can be steep - the original software costs $50, and the monthly fee is normally around $15 - and some gamers, especially those without those funds in their budget, are often left out. However, there is an excellent alternative that not only has lower monthly fees but can be played for free - Rune Scape. Though you may have to make some compromises in terms of graphics and ease of play, rest assured you'll be pleased with...

9.6

The World of RuneScape

The good:

-A wide variety of skills to train
-Detailed, vast overworld
-Over 100 quests to complete
-Affordable membership (About $5 per month, varies with payment method)
-Weekly content updates
-Its simplicity
-Many activities such as boss hunting, a variety of minigames, and Player Killing
-Official Discussion Forums available with Membership
-Enhanced graphics

The bad:

-A community in which 90% of the players are immature
-Luck factor plays too much of a role with drops
-Lag is unpredictable and fatal when doing any kind of combat
-The appeal system is rather unfair on most players

Summary:

First things first, I am a player with 3 and a half years of experience with RuneScape.

RuneScape is a fun, simple, and Java-based game, created by the company, Jagex. It has a very wide array of activities to do, ranging from combat, to skills and minigames. Starting out, you are limited to the Free version of the game, which is quite extensive for being a "trial". The game concentrates mostly on your skills and quests. Usually, said skills can start to become repetitive (Especially in the higher levels), but if you make goals to shoot for, it won't exactly feel like you're doing just one t...

9.0

Runescape: A Synopsis

The good:

A profoundly greater storyline when compared to other MMOs through the use of quests.

Skill based and not necessarily combat influential.

A highly varied and decent sized world map.

Paying for the game is optional, and a basic outline of the game can be experienced through the free version. Paying for the game is relatively cheaper than other popular MMOs.

A large number of servers in which players may freely change from during game play.

The bad:

Highly repetitive, especially when leveling in skills for lengthy periods of time.

Browser and Java based. This can often lead to limitations in how extensive the graphics of the game are, however, recent updates to detail modes have seemingly proved otherwise.

Many unique and more sought out features of the game are only available through higher levels in skills and combat. However, one should take into consideration the fact that the majority of games require higher levels in combat or in other skills in order to participate in similar features.

Lag, which is often unexplained and seemingly unnecessary for the requirements in which all graphical modes of the game can be played in.

Summary:

You start out in the game of Runescape as an aspiring warrior of the peasant class. However, you have many challenges to overcome as you are weak and need training in order to succeed. For help, many masters of skills are located throughout towns in the world of Runescape, who may assist you on your journeys.

As a free-playing gamer in Runescape, you are restricted to only a select number of cities, towns, skills, and quests. However, the basic aspect of the game can be obtained, and it is possible to become highly leveled in skills and combat. The story lines in quests are often shortened ...

9.6

Scaping the Rune

The good:

Very Large, and detailed world
100+ quests for endless fun
Around 20 skills that can all be trained in different and fun ways, giving you benefits

The bad:

Some skills are just a 'grinding' feel
Quite a lot of the community's very unintelligent
Holidays morphing into chores

Summary:

Well first off, if you think I have just started playing, no. I've been playing RuneScape for 5 years (almost 6 now) by stumbling onto the site. Its a very fun game and gives you a good fresh taste of fun when you start. If you play too much, you find yourself in a grinding coma. Also when you have a community such as Neoseeker, with a clan chat, its great fun. Considering most people in clan chats are not infantile, it gives you a on topic chat while playing. theres 400+ songs in the song player (though everyone listens to their own music) and you can see that it was spent a good deal of e...

5.0

Runescape: The Good, The Bad

The good:

It is a great player-to-player experience. If you enjoy communicating with players across the world then this game is for you. It is a good game with decent quests and obtainable areas and items for Free To Play. Once you go to members, if you chose to you gain access to many more areas and weapons and skills which will occupy your time. Runescape has decent updates and is constantly upgrading. The controls are easy to handle. You walk around by simply clicking somewhere on the ground or by clicking the compass, your character will automatically walk there. The on-screen options take awhile to get used to, but once you do they are very simple to use. You have good options such as setting the brightness of your screen and choosing whether or not you want the musical scores to play. They seem to take your wants into consideration. The overall view of the game is good, easy on the eyes. You can easily play for horus and hours.

The bad:

This could be taken as good or bad, but the game can be very addicting. You are always wanting that next best item or getting that next level in a certain skill. The graphics are not all that great, but they are half-way decent. Jagex is releasing a new graphics update which will add a more in depth feel to the game, adding more detail on the surrounding areas. The music scores in this game are also horrible, ugh. Depending on the area you are in there are different songs. By going to certain areas you unlock those songs, you cannot listen to them unless you have visited that area. You would be wise to run your itunes and muting Jagex's scores of music. They all sound like bad Mario songs, which in turn do not make them appealing or very catchy. In the past there has been a lot of bots, which are characters run by programs which get certain items for a person, even if the player is away from the computer. They tend to ruin the fun experience because you can be cutting logs and 20 level 3's will be there taking your logs. Another bad thing is the ammount of scammers. Before the trading update scamming was widely used by greedy players which, in the end, resulted in you being very sad.

Summary:

I have played Runescape off and on for 4 years. It is really fun for awhile, it does get boring once you reach certain goals, you end up being really bored and selling all your stuff just to pass the time. There is a load of quests to do and items to obtain, but once you do all you can you can really just stand around with friends and chat, which can be fun to you, but for me it's a waste of time. Jagex usually updates their quest roll once-twice a month which can keep you on your toes. They are currently working on a graphics update which will greatly improve the look of the game, making i...

8.0

Run, Escape! The terror! :o

The good:

  • Countless hours of fun, socializing, and entertainment
  • 23 different skills to train depending on your preference
  • In-game chat service
  • Over 135 quests requiring skill, determination, excitement, and a good sense of humor
  • Weekly updates for members
  • Great plotline
  • EXTREMELY large "demo" with no payments
  • Low cost of 5 dollars for members
  • User-friendly interface
  • No downloads necessary
  • Endless choices
  • Helps you learn choices, and the need to do research to do buying, and economic values such as spending money wisely

    The bad:

  • Hackers, people advertising fake websites with keyloggers, etc
  • Scammers trying to trick you into losing your items
  • Just plain idiots
  • Training is extremely repetitive
  • Although the graphics are revolutionary for Java, lacking compared to other games such as World of Warcraft
  • Lag
  • Addictive

    Summary:

    Fun - RuneScape can supply endless hours of fun, socializing, entertainment, humor, chatting with friends, and so much more. There are endless possibilities so you can do whatever you feel like one day, and something else the next.

    Skills - You'll never get bored with all the different aspects of different skills and the different training areas. There will always be another way to train a skill that you haven't tried.

    Chat - There are different types of chat that let you talk to your friends:
    Public Chat - Public Chat lets you talk to the players in your immediate area.
    Private C...

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