RuneScape Review:

Date: Nov 06 2008 09:17:41 Source:
KeyWord: runescape,review,,browser,based,,game,,rpg
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Game Title: RuneScape
Genre: RPG
Graphics: 3D
Status: Final
Theme: Adventure
Age: Fantasy
Time Units: Realtime
Fee: Optional Premium Account
Official Site: Click here

This review was first posted on by Andaleon on his MMOsite Blog, which you can reach by clicking the link.

And you can find the game here:

After more than 7 years, Jagex still gets things right.

One of the highly-populated, highly-immersive MMORPG games to date, Runescape, still never ceases to amaze even after so many years. The game is expansive, stimulating, and addicting. It's seriously one of the best games I have ever played.

Forsooth, brilliance is thine!

Runescape does what every amazing game should do: iron out bugs and glitches, smoothen the gameplay and graphics, while continually offering new content to improve the already incredible game. And to think this masterpiece is actually browser-based.

For players of Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights, Runescape would feel very familiar – point-and-click gameplay, the default isometric view, numerous different locales, and dozens of hours of gameplay. Then, you'll reconsider the thought... Runescape isn't as similar as these games! Runescape is an entirely different gaming universe! Within the first few minutes (or hours), you'll find that this game stands tall on it own as a fun MMO with an amazing story and unique gameplay.

Runescape partly has the looks of a typical MMORPG. Aside from the usual MMO standards like item and party system, the story also starts out as your usual "makings-of-a-hero" fate. You set off as a lowly peasant, a new hero-in-the-works, swamped by mundane quests from the local townspeople. It isn't until you've achieved higher levels and explored much of the world that you are forced into that epic medieval war of good versus evil. The lore is actually the common fantasy-medieval plot device that spans a number of historic annals, much like Tolkien's work. But like every great MMO, Runescape displays an amazing sense of timing, slowly building you up for greater battles.?

Swimming in Runes

Runescape's real forte is in its character development. Your character is, for the most part of your medieval life, unique in terms of build and skill usage. You can be anything you want to be – a spellcaster, a swashbuckler, a cook... or a spellcasting swashbuckling mining blacksmith chef! Kidding aside, you gain experience for every action you do. The game gives you all the skills you need to survive, such as cooking, mining, smithing, melee attacking, and spellcasting to name a few. The harder you train for a certain skill, the higher level you will gain. Higher skill levels mean having stronger attacks, or creating the most profitable items. Best of all, the players are allowed to maximize each skill to its highest level potential. Not only will you eventually be a jack-of-all-trades, but a master of everything. These skills give you a sense of realism on surviving in the medieval world. It allows you to interact with the environment, making the world a dynamic area to explore and take advantage of. Of course, these skills are not without tutors to teach you. Every new player starts in "Tutorial Island" to teach the most basic skills. Other tutors can be found around the Runescape world.

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