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What an MMO Should Not Be And My Review On Runescape

Overall, Runescape can be extremely addicting, terribly boring, and surprisingly controversial.
Final Score


 Improving graphics
 Not limited to one class
 Scammers galor
 Competition with bots
 Grind fest
 Unfriendly community
 Excessive marketting schemes
Disclaimer: The following article is the sole opinion of its author and does not represent in its thoughts or opinions. This is not an official editorial article.

Back in 2006 when I took my first steps on the grounds on Tutorial Island, I immediately fell in love with Runescape. But now, I'm just happy that I was able to beat my addiction, thanks to Jagex. After being a loyal member for years, I couldn't bring myself to renew my membership come 2011. Why? Runescape has become something unfamiliar to me.

The community has become sour and childish. No longer is it abound with kind-hearted teenagers, but rather crammed with scammers, lurers, children, trolls, and an overwhelming amount of bots. Not that any of this is uncommon in most Mmorpgs, however; what immediately turned me away from Runescape was the manner in which Jagex deals with said community. Bots are not banned, content is dumbed down, and scammers are not punished. The general community has become a minority to the amount of bots roaming Runescape. It has become impossible to players to compete with them, and impossible for Jagex to do anything about.

Another crippling feature of Runescape is the current economy. Over the years, the prices of items have become inflated almost beyond repair. This is the result of thousands of scammers and item merchanters/manipulators. And what is Jagex's response? They released an organized trading device known as the Grand Exchange. It's now easier than ever for merchant clans to form, manipulate items, and then be taken advantage of by their leader so he/she becomes ridiculously wealthy.

The combat system is anything but balanced. This, however, isn't much of a problem. A character isn't limited to one class. He gets to train all of Magic, Mellee, and Range.

In order to level up skills, one must grind them for days on end. While some can be bought, others can take years before mastering level 99. One thing I like about the constant grinding is that most skills don't require constant clicking while training. This gives me time to chat with friends or to do other things while I train.

The last comment I have to say is about the graphics. Runescape features some unique and slightly inconsitant graphics different from most MMOs. I quite liked the cartoonish model of my character, but I dislike that most of the NPCs I saw looked better than I did.

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Phys3 writes: 

Yes. Runescape has become a place where micro-transactions have become excessive.

In my opinion, I like games with a good sense of humour. Runescape does have some element of this humour, but it was at its peak close to around 2007-2008.

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