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You always see these reviews bashing RuneScape. There's always "This game SUCKS", "Only losers play this game", etc. Well, look at the User Rating as of Thursday, August 09, 2007. It is currently 6.8. Notice anything? More people who have rated it like it that not. Over 50%. Interesting. Continuing. Over one million people pay to play this game. So it has to be good. Second, approximately two million people play the free version of the game. Most people who give this game a review have only played the F2P version. The F2P version, I must admit, is full of immature eight-year-olds who think they're better than everyone else just because they have 40+ combat level. So, the F2P version, although it is great, the community is not. (This is probably because RuneScape is affiliates with other gaming sites such as Miniclip and Addicting Games.) Then you always see people bashing the graphics without rest. Look, it's a Java game not to mention Browser-Based. Jagex is trying to reach people with Dial-up, such as myself, as well as the people with DSL and Broadband. So the graphics aren't going to be as great as these downloadble games. Furthermore, graphics isn't what makes the game great, it's the gameplay and the game itself. (One of the reasons why I mainly play NES, SNES, and Sega Genisis games.) Which brings to my next topic, the gameplay. There's plenty to do in F2P. The time for you to get Full Rune, All F2P quests completed, and respectable F2P skills could take quite sometime. So when people are saying there's not much to do, they haven't explored the game as a whole yet. Then, when you decide to become a P2P member, it's like a whole new game. The world is expanded atleast 5x. New updates are added to the game every month. (PLUS, these updates are a quest per month usually, graphical updates, new items, and MUCH MORE.) So being a member for just $5 is great! It's well worth your time and money. Now back on subject. Like I have said, several of these reviewers haven't even given P2P a chance. P2P is a wonderful experience to the game. All of the immature pests are gone, people are more polite, 110+ quests (not including F2P), 25 or so minigames, 3000+ items, 5000+ monsters, and atleast 25+ new towns! That doesn't include all of the dungeons, caves, tunnels, sewers, and castles you can explore! Then there are plenty of skills! Farming, Slayer, Hunter, Construction, Fletching, Herblore, Thieving, Agility and more skills come when you become P2P. Those are all added to the F2P version. Plus, when you become a P2P member, the F2P skills expand! So there's even more to do! Oh, and did I mention the update that is coming this month? New base clothes/hair designes for your character! So this proves that Jagex cares about their players and is expanding to this game! It's a wonderful game as a whole. Sure, there are a few kinks and screw ups but what game doesn't have those? Nothing's perfect. So when people bash this game, I strongly believe that people haven't given this game the complete review that it requires. Besides, it's a great way to get into the MMORPG genre. Thus, here is my own review:
Nightowljrm's RuneScape review.
Graphics 7/10 The main reason why this got a 7/10 is because it's Java-based. For Java, these are wonderful graphics! For a game such as an MMORPG, not so much. But they aren't terrible, they're actually very good. N64-style, is what I like to call it.
Gameplay 9/10 Wonderful gameplay. Simple yet extensive controls, all you need is a mouse and a keyboard! Most MMORPGs are like this, so this really isn't much. But the simple controls of the right-clicking is really a possitive for RuneScape.
Controls 9.5/10 Clean, crisp, and neat controls. Just move the arrow keys to get a good angle, click the mouse to walk, trade, examine, and do all of the other actions requried for this game.
Extensive content 9/10 Yet another advantage of the game being a Java scripted, Browser-Based game. Jagex can update this gave whenever they want! Adding hordes of new content! Holiday events, special events, new content added every month!
Customer support, 5/10 F2P; 8.5/10 P2P. Of course, Jagex is going to mainly focas on their P2P customers rather their F2P. I don't think I'd have to explain the reasons these ratings got what they received.
Updates 9.5/10 The updates added to this game or exciting, great, and very extensive! New quests give the game access to new places, new towns, and more places that you can't even imagine! Not to mention all of the new Minigames, Towns, Weapons, Armour, and other content Jagex adds. Speaking of updates, there isn't just one update per month. Sometimes even 10!
Community 5/10 F2P; 9/10 P2P Like I've said several times before, F2P is packed of immature, annoying, perverted kids. P2P, however, is the polar opposite. 'Nuff said.
Combat 8/10 The combat system is really something. For PK'ing, Mage is deffinately the way to go. For quests and monster-killing, Melee and Range. Put these attack styles in a minigame or Free-for-all location such as the wilderness and Hell is raised. It's simple, yet extensive.
Minigames 9/10 The minigames are great! There are minigames that support almost every skill! Not to mention the great rewards that you can get! Experience, exclusive armor and weapons, rights to enter a new location, and much more!
Style 7/10 The style is kind of common - Medieval. However, there are loads of new twists. Cannons, crossbows, Ancient Magiks. Then you get to the whacky random events! You gotta play the game to see what exactly I'm talking about.
Quests 7.5/10 Several unique quests. I'm not much of a quester and that may be the reason why this rating is a bit lower than the others. Anyway, the quests are very unique. Murder Mysteries, Bandits...people being turned into chickens. There's truely something for everyone here.
Skills 9/10 Wonderful skills. Unique as well. The only way to get the full review of this is to play the game yourself.
Weapons 8/10 *sighs* Where do I begin? Dang, there's so many different types of weapons. Again, play the game or read the RuneScape Knowledge base! There's no way I can cover all the weapons here!
Armour 7/10 Deh...I don't even have the time to explain all of the armour. Barrows, Dragon, Adamant, Skeletal, Granite...Check the RuneScape Knowledge base to see the thousands of armour classes there are!
Availability (How easy it is to access to the actual game.) 10/10 This is one of the reasons why I LOVE this game and Jagex, the company. Like I've said probably 10 times before. It's Java making it easily available through Dial-Up. Then it's Web-based so no 10-day downloads for us Dial-Up users. Then membership is only $5 so it doesn't put a dent into your pocket like WoW when you want the full nature of the game!
Forum Community 9.5/10 Great forum community. Jagex really gets involved with their customers. You can submit your own ideas, talk about every aspect of the game. Discuss current events...there's truely a possitive reflection of the game here.
Uniqueness 7/10 (Look at the "Style" rating)
Economy 9/10 The Economy is always changing! Just like in real life! Prices go up, down. Then when Jagex throughs in new items, it gets even better. The construction skill really makes this part of the game wonderful.
Overall: 8.7/10 Read all of the content to understand why this game got this rating.
Cost: 10/10 Awesome! F2P has loads of content! A year's worth of treasures to find, skills to level, places to explore, quests to embark on, and too much more! Then when you become a P2P-er, your world is expanded litterally 30x as much. Maybe more! I know a player who has played this game since RSC (he's had two previous accounts that have gotten banned...) and he still hasn't covered everything the game has! Maybe this is because of Jagex reliable, constant updates?
Comments: Sure, there are several other greater games out there. But that doesn't mean this is a peice of crap game. That just means they're better in somebody else's opinion. We're all different, we all have different styles, different tastes, different...EVERYTHING! So people are going to love this game. (Such as the 2.5 Million people currently playing.) Or the others. Sure, 25 Million+ people play WoW. Kudos for them! But that doesn't mean that RuneScape is no greater or no less.
NOTE: This is mainly opinions, of course. That's what a review is. But I thought that RuneScape needs a complete and thorough review, so that's what I gave it. If you disagree, which I'm sure most of you will, tough. It's a great game and worth a true test run. Like I said before, it's a great game to get into the MMORPG genre.