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Runescape Forum » General Discussion » How the hell is Runescape a Sandbox MMO?

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Joined: 6/11/07
Posts: 294

7/05/13 7:39:17 AM#21
Originally posted by Juulpower

Exactly. Runescape is truely a sandbox MMO.

Why? Because every single day you are totally free to do what you want.

You don't follow a certain story, you don't have to complete the quests in

a certain order, you are not told where to go.


The starter experience in Runescape is great in my opinion... you learn

just enough to be able to move around, but as you are released in the

main world you start exploring and try out things with stuff you encounter.


See some fishes swimming? Click it... *you need a net*. How to get one?

No idea, but it is a great feeling when you find a place to buy one and

find out you just got enough gold, gained from killing goblins, to buy it.


By this definition.... EQ was a sandbox (Which it is in my opinion, but people cry it is not.)


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Joined: 3/23/04
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10/06/13 10:43:22 PM#22

As someone who has played a few sandbox MMOs (Ultima Online, EVE Online, Wurm Online, Shores of Hazeron, etc) I'd like to think I'm qualified to discuss this subject.

Put simply, Runescape is not a sandbox mmo. As a player you have very little impact on the world. Everything you do is personalized and tailored to you. Hell Jagex even changed it so all of the shops in-game have an inventory specific to each individual player. If someone goes to a general store and sells their junk to it, you won't be able to see it in stock.

The fact that you "get to choose when to kill monsters or when to make stuff" is completely irrelevant. You can do the same thing in WoW and it is NOT a sandbox MMO. Most MMOs are like this. Hell even Toontown Online was like that.

PVP and clan battles in the game change absolutely nothing in the grand scheme of things. The closest you could come to players having an effect was the latest god war at Lumbridge, and even then, what is it really going to change? Probably nothing. And it's not like you got to represent a force of your own making: you were fighting for Saradomin or for Zamorak. End of story. The players made the call but the devs were guiding your hand, as always.

Runescape is a themepark MMO.

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