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      11.02.2014 20:41
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      The greatest game I have ever played, I am yet to find a better game.

      In this review I will cover the basic foundations of Runescape, and my experience, start to finish.
      Firstly, runescape is one of the biggest MMORPG's (Massive Multi-player On-line Role Playing Game) ever made, and personally I think it is the best I have ever played.
      I began playing this game shortly after I obtained a pc, and internet access, so i would have began around the age of 9, back in 2004.
      At this time, the graphics were quite basic, but for the time, it was acceptable, I would later realise
      that these really contributed to being a huge reason as to why I loved this game so much! you then have the combat system, this was a turn based system, with players and monsters taking turns to deal a random amount of damage to each other, I found this a much better way than having to do it yourself, simple, but effective.

      In order to hit higher, you would of course have had to buy, or craft better weaponry, your armour would also contribute to this! giving you a bonus in things such as your magic, ranged or melee stats.
      With the mentioning of stats, I will move on to them, when i began there was only 20 levels, all of which would start at level 1, apart from your HP (Health Points or Hit Points) this would start at 10 so that you did not die from one hit from a monster, and your aim would be to get these as high as possible, the level cap is 99.

      More skills to level up were introduced over years, i found that there was a new skill every 2-3 years, and they would all have a different difficulty to level up, whether it was a costly skill, which were usually much faster, or a skill that was possible to get to 99 for free, but required much more time to be spent on.
      I shall now talk about the community, back when I was playing constantly, it was amazing, i couldn't use many other words for how great it was, everyone was talking, 90% were friendly I would say, but even so, anywhere you go whether it is the internet or real life, you will always come into contact with rude people.

      Now to start on my experience through the years, my best years were, at an estimate, 2004-2007, maybe even 2008, but the reason why I think it got worse after that, is because Jagex (the creators) made the game more, and more, and more easy, from making over-powered equipment to making money quickly.
      the ways to make money on this game when I was playing in my Favourite years, was either to probably gain resources from skills (most likely mining, woodcutting or fishing), PKing (Player Killing) because when you kill another player you would get anything they were carrying on them, scamming other players (frowned upon but if you make money you could earn millions, also, a possible ban), killing monsters for loot to sell (best loot was from bosses and monsters that you were assigned to kill from the slayer skill) or even buying money on-line (1 million was usually around £2-£3).

      Another great thing about these years was that there was a lot of people joining, meaning that there was plenty of other new players to hang out with and talk to, or even train with together! this changed eventually when i struggled to find any other new players, if there was a low level character it was most likely an experienced players alternative account.

      You are probably wondering why I am talking about the glory days of 04-08? well 06-07 are known as the golden age of Runescape, the most enjoyable days where there was enough new content to enjoy than too much or too little, well I will tell you why, in 2013, there was a petition for Runescape to go back to the old days, and the reason they did this was because Jagex found a reboot from 2007, meaning they could create another set of servers for people to play on, but in the same way they did many years ago. the petition got hundreds of thousands of votes, and so they continued with this idea, and it was called Old School Runescape, another chance at the real game, so I guess you could call this
      an old school Runescape review, either way, I recommend that if you want to play an amazing game with an amazing community, PLAY OLD SCHOOL RUNESCAPE! but you must know that you have to be a member of the website £5 a month.

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      29.06.2013 19:16

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      I joined Runescape about a year and a half ago, I really enjoy playing this MMORPG [massive multi player online roleplay game]. I have read that what makes people play and keep playing computer/video games is the rush the player gets from 'levelling up', well Jagex [makers of Runescape] clearly know this, as this game has so many skills to level up that it satisfies the part of the brain which releases dopamine, a 'feel good hormone' I believe, [it is scientifically proven that levelling up in a pc/ video game makes the brain release dopamine].
      There is also a social side to the game, players can make friends and join clans whilst killing monsters and gaining xp points within the game.
      Some 'clans' have offsite facebook pages and independent websites to further their friendships.
      There are many Runescape fan sites also, to help with the quests and mini games within the main game.
      This all may seem bewildering to the non player or new player, but I recommend trying this game, there is a free play option to try the game, so, nothing to lose.
      Over 200 million Runescape player accounts have been created since the game started, and they are recognised as Guinness world record holders for the world's most popular free MMORPG.

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      02.07.2011 00:14
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      Runescape doesn't have the best graphics but thats what makes it enjoyable.

      Runescape is a game i played early in my childhood and as there hasn't been many reviews on it previously I felt that I should share my opinions.

      Runescape was released by Jagex in 2001. This was Runescape classic which is very much different than the Runescape you may know today. A few years later the new version of Runescape was released. The graphics have stayed similar for all this time so they are not great but perhaps thats whats made the game so popular and such a joy to play.

      Runescape is by no means a game you can occasionally play and expect to get somewhere on. More or less what im saying is if you don't want to spent countless hours grinding then its not the game for you. Runescape is a free to play game but you can pay monthly to become a member. Membership used to cost around £2.50 but now it has risen a lot due to how popular it has become so this is a negative point to me as I had to increase my payments by almost 2x! Membership is of a different price depending on how you plan on buying it. Credit Card is the cheapest at I think £3.50 a month then its paypal at £4.50 and so on. It costs the most on mobile which is like £6. The reason its so high is because Jagex knew that a lot of parents wouldn't buy Runescape membership for their children so they exploited the fact that children would try to use mobile phones to buy membership instead.

      In Free to play there is little to offer, the xp rates are slower in free to play than members because members have better training facilities, better weapons, armour and some skills only apply to members. Free to play has very few quests, between 10-20 whilst in members there is around 200-300 quests which could keep you busy for quite some time. If your like me and you don't enjoy questing then members worlds provide other features which might tempt you. Some places are only accessible to members such as the God Wars. This is a place where there is 4 bosses which you can either try solo or fight with a team and this can be great fun!

      In Free to play the weapons and armour couldn't get any more basic, you more or less have no choice whatsoever. In Members its the complete contrast as there are many weapons and armour to chose from. The weapons range from daggers,whips even to godswords! Certain members weapons can max around 930 whilst in free to play the max at the moment is around 360.

      There s a few skills which can only be accessed if your a member aswel. These skills are Farming, Herblore, Thieving, Agility, Summoning and Construction. In my opinion these skills aren't too exciting but Summoning and Herblore can yield great advantages. With summoning you can summon different creatures the higher level you get and these creatures can aid you in battle. The higher Herblore level you obtain the better potions you will be able to create to boost your stats even further!

      Membership clearly yields many advantages to player than playing in free to play. You may aswel try Membership if your currently in free to play than just sit there wishing you had membership or complaining about the price.


      Although I haven't played this game in quite some time I do remember the frustration it can bring onto someone and just how addictive it can be. If your playing the game I urge you to take frequent breaks and if your children are playing the game please limit the time their allowed to play the game. To some children the game can be more important than education and therefore give them a bigger disadvantage in life.

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      10.05.2011 16:46
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      great game, worth trying, meet many people, but remember dont play too much

      runescape rated number 1 online free mmorpg, as an experinced player in the game i can tell you it is a fantastic experince if you have time to sit and play it.
      you can subscribe in many forms, by phone, card, membership card, different ways of paying have different prices, by card is best, its a direct debit for only £3.50 a month.

      the game consists of many activities to keep you playing for months or years, for example there are many skills you can level like: attack, strength, defence, mage, range, health and pray, these are known as combat levels, other than this you can level other skills such as woodcutting, theiving, fletching etc...

      for most of these skills, they are hard to get by sometimes because of BOTS ( macros, cheats, a program that you can leave your computer and will do all the work for you making it unfair to other players.)

      the game is great otherwise, you have pvp where you can fight for money in a duel arena or go to an area called the wilderness and fight players your level (each level into the wilderness you step into is a level higher that can attack you)

      as in any situation you need money to navigate, as a low level you will need money and as a higher level you will see this alot, lower levels begging for cash all the time.
      low leveled players are able to do quests and don't require much money as it gets harder as you become a higher level, so the makers try to make it as easy as possible for lower levels to get started.

      the game has over 1million people playing and includes a fourm for others to talk, arrange events.

      the game itself done no favours if played for long periods of time as it causes

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      17.01.2011 09:27
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      Runescape, a game that is played by millions of people around the world.

      5 Years back, when i travelled overseas, My cousins told me about this awesome, addicting online game that I HAD to try. So they signed me up and I did the tutorial island (available in the past, not anymore). After that I returned to me country and I kept on playing. In fact i'm playing right now as i'm writing this review.

      Runescape has a really good concept of earning money, saving it and then use it to buy items to Help in leveling up other skills. Theres a total of 25 skills and Some of them are Members' only skills.
      Membership can be bought for 10 AUD per month but many other options are available for payment.

      Jagex, the creator of Runescape, also made other games for different platforms. For example, Miner Disturbance on the iPod touch/iPhone/iPad(Maybe iPad not too sure). Theres also other online games, just search for them on jagex.com.

      Of course, some people hate Runescape and will hate the Runescape players but I guess, we can't do anything about that. Those people certainly should respect our choice of playing it but they don't.
      I personally can't see anything wrong with this game. Graphics are Up to date, in-game sounds really good, Quests really interesting, Skills that are fun to level in.

      Don't let anyone drive you to hate Runescape, give it a try and you'll see for yourself, whether you like it or not. Also there's no point in fighting against those haters, because you'll come across more in the upcoming years.

      Runescape has millions of users of course it has some haters. But that shouldn't matter to you or anyone.

      Thanks for taking your time to read this review,
      Zineddine

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      Runescape is a MMORPG. Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game. It was created by Jagex in 2001. The game itself found popularity and the creators decided to upgrade the gameplay, the graphics and much more.
      First of All, Runescape is FREE but your account can be upgraded for a fee to Member. The skills that are available for free players are Attack, Strength, Defence, Constitution, Mining, Smithing, Prayer, WoodCutting, Firemaking, Fishing, Cooking, Dungeoneering, Range, Magic, Crafting and RuneCrafting.

      There are mines across the world of Runescape with different types of rock. You start with low level rocks and as you increase your level, you can mine better rocks.

      Woodcutting : Same concept but with trees and an axe.
      Dungeoneering : a skill introduced in 2010, where the player either hosts or joins a party. This party then goes into a dungeon, where they face many high level monsters. The fun of it, is that it's a group activity.

      Smithing goes with mining, where the miner gets ores and he melts them into bars. Which can be sold or they continue the production and they make it into armour or weapon.

      Fishing Spots are available all over Runescape and different types of fishing equipment are used. For example, harpoon, lobster cage, bait, fly fishing and Even fishing without any equipment but this requires a lot of level/ Exp.

      I'm sorry for not going in details before this "update" and thank you for your comment. Anything else I could improve on will be appreciated. Im new to this website so go easy on me please. I started today XD

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        11.10.2010 10:36
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        Very good game, best I have played

        I played runescape for a period of about 3 years with a break in the middle of probably 1 year. Considering it is a browser based game the graphics, although not great, are at a pretty good standard in my opinion. It is constantly expanding, giving new things to do so although levelling each day, doing similar things repeatedly can get boring there is always the opportunity to experience something else. The game is not easy and is a very big RPG and therefore many others play it (you will rarely be alone when training in any world) You can pay to play which obviously gives benefits such as a bigger world map, more quests and skills etc. You can also play for free which is a really good way to get started and see if you enjoy it or not. Although gameplay can be disrupted through internet connection aslong as your connection is good and you are not in a very busy area of a busy world you shouldn't experience too many problems.

        For me, the biggest thrill was always PKing (player killing) in what was called the wilderness. If you were to kill another player you will get the majority, if not all, of his/her equipment/inventory. This was one of the more skillfull aspects to the game and hence why I enjoyed it. They then stopped the wilderness and that is why I left the game for about a year. They then brought back PKing, but in a different style. There was no wilderness but certain worlds were PKing worlds with banks as safe spots. This is a good idea and does work well, however this is my only downfall for jagex. Some of the weapons are too advanced in a way and therefore PKing no longer takes that much skill to be good at it, especially with the number of people botting to get their levels up.

        Mostly everything is linked together for example, you need certain skill levels to take on certain quests and wield certain weapons. Some skills are harder than others for example; getting slayer to 99 will take A LOT longer than getting cooking to 99 but the rewards for reaching 99 slayer are MUCH greater. There are different fighting styles; Melee, range and magic with many different monsters to train on and challenge your character with. The other skills are very different ranging from woodcutting to mining to farming to dungeoneering.

        Overall I would rate runescape a 4 stars --- bring the wilderness back for 5 stars! A very good game, better than any other RPG I have played in my opinion. Many things to do, membership isn't too expensive. Even a good way to socialise!

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        27.07.2010 15:33
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        A great game 5 stars!

        I played Runescape for over 2 years and I think it is probably one of the best role playing games around. It is a massively multiplayer online game that is constantly expanding by adding more quests, mini-games, skills, cities, pets and almost anything you can think of.
        The graphics are quite good for a browser based game, meaning you can play it anywhere with an internet connection, no download required. The game is free to play (FTP), however the FTP game does not provide full acccess to all the features, however it does provide unlimited play time for new users to decide if they like the game or not.
        The pay to play (PTP) game is a much grander scale with added extras in almost all aspects of game including areas, skills and quests.
        Recent game updates have made it more accessible to new users by providing a system that gives players an indication on where to go and what to do.
        Runescape quests come in all shapes and sizes, some are difficult and can only be completed by achieving the required skill level. In a quest you can find yourself collecting ingredients to help a chef prepare a meal for a duke or battling fierce dragons. On completion of quests you receive certain rewards which can either be experience towards a skill, items or even runescape currency, gil.
        The skills are by far the most enjoyable part of the game and come in a varied range including cooking, firemaking, woodcutting, crafting, mining and of course attacking, archery and magic. A typical hour of runescape can include fighting your way into a mine, mining gold and iron then making your way back to a city to create gold jewellery or an iron breastplate to give you the edge in battle.
        All in all I would give this game 5 stars and is a game that must be played by any RPG fan!

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        16.02.2010 17:06
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        A good game that starts out fun but gets boring later.

        Runescape is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game which is browser based meaning no downloads are required to play. The size of the game considering this is very impressive.

        The system requirements for the game are quite low though running the game on the specs I am about to give you will probably lag an awful lot.

        Standard Detail mode: 128mb ram, 500MHz cpu

        High Detail Mode: 256mb ram, 1.5GHz cpu, 64mb 3d graphics card

        Though the game is free to play indefinetley there is an optional membership which greatly increases the amount of features of the game.
        The cheapest you can buy membership is with a credit/debit card for a recurring monthly payment of £3.50/$5. The recurring payment can be cancelled at any time and once cancelled your remaining days of membership from your previous payment will still remain.

        Runescape is a fantasy mmorpg with 3d graphics that have recently been improved. It is constantly being updated with a new quest being released about every 2 weeks. The main goal of the game is not just to complete all the quests but also to have the most powerfull character. There are 24 skills in runescape (15 for free players) all of which can reach up to level 99. Though to get all of the skills up to that would take years of gameplay time. The creators of runescape estimate it would take over 15000 hours of gameplay time just to reach level 99 on the 15 free play skills.

        The skills of the game are:

        Freeplay:
        attack
        strength
        defence
        ranged
        prayer
        magic
        runecrafting
        hitpoints
        crafting
        mining
        smithing
        fishing
        cooking
        firemaking
        woodcutting

        Extra skills for members only:
        agility
        herblore
        thieving
        fletching
        slayer
        farming
        construction
        hunter
        summoning

        Most players tend to focus on combat skills as this will keep your character safe and most quests require a certain skill in combat. On the other hand there are a few players that prefer skills such as mining. Non-combat skills are the easiest way to make money as combat gains you a relativley low amount of gold.

        The map in runescape is extremley large. There are seven towns in the freeplay part of the game and around 20 towns for members. To cross the entire free play map it would take around 15 mins running. To cross the members map it would take around an hour. There are 18 free quests in the game and 145 members only quests which makes a total of 163 quests. The of which is taken to complete each quest ranges from 5 minutes to 5 hours. There are also over 3000 items in runescape.

        The graphics in high detail are quite good and the standard graphics are bareable. When you first start playing you will probably get addicted and play it for hours on end. Though once you reach level 40 on a skill it will take around 20 mins to level up and thats just too long to keep you interested. There are many minigames in runescape also. Most are multiplayer and most are pvp though some involve all players co-operating against enemy's.

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        13.02.2010 21:59
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        A good FREE MMORPG

        Runescape is an MMORPG (Mass Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game), which has free servers, as well as servers for paying members. I will mainly be talking about the features being a FREE member.

        I used to play Runescape, and after a recent visit to see how it has grown, I can safely say that it is still as addictive than ever...

        You start off as a "person" in Lumbridge, a town with marketplace and buildings of special features, and when you start off in the game, you are basically foraging around for free goodies. Why? Because the game runs on currency of coins, and being a newbie, you have none!

        You can do this in a number of ways, either forage and pick up people's leftovers, and there is so much you can do to get gold:

        -kill monsters
        -mine
        -chop down trees -something you'll do a lot of early in the game
        -fish
        -hunt
        -fulfil quests...

        In order to do many of these things, you'll need objects, such as axes, swords, fishing rods, and so on... which you can either mine and then make, or buy at the marketplace. Some specialist shops will have the objects you need, or alternatively go to the market where players can buy and sell their made goods.

        I shan't go into the details of exactly what you can do, but how I have enjoyed it. I was introduced to this game by a friend, and any RPG with the need to level up and build your character and so on is addictive for me, but why Runescape?

        1) Runescape is FREE. Unlike many other RPGs, such as World of Warcraft, you need to pay a monthly membership fee and so on. I have tried that, and as good as that is, the fees are hefty and really not worth it for coloured pixels!

        2) FREE area is extensive- Many game demos give you a level or two, or an aspect of the game. The FREE area is pretty extensive and gives you a large area to explore. Whilst it doesn't give you EVERYTHING, and there are many areas only for members, you can definitely be hooked onto this for a VERY long time without it being boring.

        Having been on Runescape for about two years, I have completed all but 5 FREE quests, and have leveled up my mining and weapon crafting skills.... that is my favourite aspect of the game, making weapons, and then attacking things in the wilderness (an area for member VS member combat).. Whilst I am pretty bad at the game compared to many long term users, it brings short term entertainment every so often... Whilst a lot of levelling up in the early levels is a bit of a chore, once you are at the intermediate stage, it is a lot of fun!!!

        I would recommend this game to boys and girls who are around their teens. The game is not difficult to start nor is it difficult to get hooked onto! However, it is with many other people around the world, so online safety for young players should be observed.

        However, as a FREE Online MMORPG, this gets pretty good and JAGEX are constantly updating the game, even if it is mostly for members...

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          decent game for new online gamers

          runescape is a hugely addictive MMORPG. it will grab you by the hair pretty much straight away.....no seriously you wont be able to stop playing. theres hundreds of things to do including fighting, fishing, mining and even range or mage. the fun never ends! (until you get more money and play better games ofcourse)
          FIGHTING
          there are 3 ways to fight and many skills that fall into the fighting caterogry , the 4 main are attack, strength, defence and hit points. all these add together to make up your average combat level. Range, mage and prayer help raise your combat also. when you start u will need to go through a tutorial wich explains everything but il say some things too. better to start with low level monsters or you will die! goblins or cows are probably the best. as your combat rises you can move on to higher level creatures. for range you need arrows anda bow and for mage you need runes. you have different weapons and armour but the main armour types is bronze, iron, black, steel, mithril, adimant, rune and for members dragon.

          OTHER SKILLS!
          il explain some of the main skills in this part. mining and smithing is very simple. you need a pickaxe for mining the ore and a hammer to smith the armour n weapons. to start you can only make bronze daggers but it wont be long until you can make maces and swords. to make bronze you firstly need to mine 1 tin ore and 1 copper ore. next you go to a furnace and smelt them to a bronze bar. use the bronze bar with an anvil and a menu will pop up...choose your item and you will make it.
          fishing and cooking is another main skill. to fish you will need a net for fishing the shrimps. go to a fishing spot in water and cast out your net and when you catch shrimps you are ready to cook. (dont worry oviously you will be able to fish better things as you advace your fishing level) to cook you need to make a fire and use the fish on the flame. you can either burn or succesfully coo the fish. to make a fire you need an axe and a tinder box. cook down a tree and use the timber box on the logs and this wil spark a flame. as you advance woodcutting you will be able to chop better trees.

          There are many other skills but some are only for paying members. you dont need to pay to play the game freely but if you become a subscribed member, more skills and much more areas will become available.
          WILDERNESS! (PVP)
          when you think you are strong enough you can attempt to move into the wilderness. this is a huge area on the map were you are always at risk of other players attacking you and looting your armour or items.
          also many creatures in the wilderness to train on and also many items that respawn in certain points in the wilderness. the further into the wilderness you go the riskier it gets!!

          i havent played runescape in a while because i can afford other games now but back in the day it was amazing

          ps originally written by ME on ciao.co.uk

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          "Runescape.com" is a multiplayer roleplaying game. The domain was first registered in 2000 and has become a globally popular resource. Alexa traffic research reports it as being the 822nd most accessed website in the world where it sees 45.9% of its users from computers based in the United States. This figure is immediately followed by a 7.7% user share from the United Kingdom.

          In an age where it is becoming more socially acceptable to pay a monthly subscription fee for video games, those not able or unwilling to pay for community based interaction have few widespread options. Runescape is a Guinness World Record holder for most popular free massively multiplayer online game, and has recently undergone a technical overhaul to recreate what was notoriously known as a poor visual experience.

          I remember first coming to the game when I was much younger. I was seeking a free to play roleplaying game which didn't require a monthly based subscription fee. Even many years ago, popular multiplayer roleplaying games such as Asheron's Call and Everquest required players to dip into their pockets and pay up. As a child I didn't have access to a credit card and likely would have sent my parents into a frenzy should I have carried a balance for a video game. Runescape was presented to me as a viable but growing option at the time, and I promptly signed up.

          The game is based on a medieval campaign filled with an assortment of ambiguous creatures such as walking skeletons and goblins. It leans very closely to the fantasy aspect of roleplaying and allows players to create their own suitable character to combat evil forces. The registration process involves the user inputting a username, password, his or her date of birth, and country of residence. Registering one's e-mail address is optional but grants access to newsletters and other items of interest pertaining to the game. Once player has registered, he or she will be sent to a login prompt where the former input details are logged and the player is brought to a character creation screen. From here, the player's character may be edited with basic clothing selections and a preferred gender. After the selections have been made the player is brought to a tutorial and will be presented the basic functions of play.

          Runescape can initially appear very difficult to a new player. The game is based on commands executed with both the keyboard and mouse, and presents many topics which require memorization. During the tutorial the player can't be led astray and will be required to complete actions in a set order. This allowed me as a returning player to quickly become familiar with the game's commands and it wasn't long before I remembered all that there was to know; which in fairness isn't a lot and one hour of continuous play should prove sufficient for a new player. After the tutorial, the player is granted free will over the Runescape world and may participate in any of its various adventures including official quests or join player groups to complete unofficial player based quests. At the moment, the game does not have a set end and players would be able to find numerous activities to do within the Runescape world. For players that complete all official quests and seek more, the game features the dreaded subscription fee which grants access to further expansion content and other quests for a billing cost of up to $65.95 USD per year.

          The graphics of the game may be adjusted between "standard" and "high definition" to suit the player's system. I found the high definition aspect of the game to be excellent and it erased any former memories of blotchy, unattractive knights running aimlessly in a field. While the game still sports some pixelation, its visuals are pleasant to look at and I didn't find repelled by what the game has become. The audio has likewise received an overhaul which features softer background music and occasional hums from enemies.

          Runescape is something which I'd happily recommend to prospective users. As it is freely available and doesn't require any client downloads, those in public or download restricted computers may find this a great title to alleviate extended periods. It is a game which has provided me endless hours of entertainment, and still continues to do so to date.

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          Once again the MMO has a total lack of ACTUAL SKILL...

          Runescape is a game that I played a lot when I was younger, but haven't touched in a while because, frankly, I have more money now and am able to buy MMORPGs that have good graphics AND good gameplay. Still, as a free game, it is an impressive feat and one that I absolutely hope continues to flourish. It is also widely recognised as the world's most popular free MMORPG.

          I cannot tell you about the plot but it's typical fantasy fare; as usual, you start off as a bare-bones character and then have to fight bigger creatures to level up, and buy more equipment and so on. What's unique about the game, or at least was for its time, is that it has skill levels for dozens of activities, such as fishing and cooking. However, you can only do so many of these skills at once as you require the item - i.e. a pickaxe for mining, or a fishing rod for fishing - to actually perform the activity. Also, the game offers even more skills if you pay a voluntary subscription fee, although I never did this.

          First noticeable about Runescape is the dreadful graphics, or at least when I played it; it really does look sub-PS1 grade, but given that it was playable in a browser and virtually all systems of the last decade could play it, what's to complain about? Since then, though, a higher grade version, Runescape 2, has been released, although I have not played it.

          This is a very addictive game, but like most RPGs, has the pretense that the constant grind is in any way well crafted gaming; it adheres to those same cheap principles even if it is an impressive achievement in the world of gaming.

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          23.11.2009 21:25
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          one of the best games you will ever play....

          so, here we are, RUNESCAPE. The dreaded word you dare not mutter to your colleagues in fear that the ridicule will begin. Me on the other hand? i love this game i have been playing for a few years now and i must say that i AM addicted, sure i don't like admitting it and sure i don't tell anyone EVER but i do love it. I can understand why people don't like it but i think that most people just dont give it a chance. Recently there has been a large amount of updates improving not only graphics the the game play too. When you log into this new(er) world you find that you a diving into a world full of people wanting to mine, woodcut and fish (and many more) just like you do. Of course the main theme of this game is combat and killing those pesky creatures. Ok so i spose its time for the itemized section? OK here goes.

          -- Game play --
          The movement system and camera control system is probably the most intuitive of all the MMORPGS out there. Using the arrow keys you rotate the camera and use the mouse to interact with items, weather it be click to walk somewhere or clicking on a stall to steal some bread. When you first create an account you are put into a tutorial on the appropriately named "Tutorial island" This teaches you the basics of some skills for later game play on the main island. On the Tutorial island you learn the basics of fishing, cooking, mining, woodcutting, mining, smiting and combat (including archery and magic) Once you have completed tutorial island you will be transported to the main island where the game really unfolds. The main thing to do is complete quests which are found in your journal/ quest guide book. To complete quests you usually have to have certain levels in certain skills. For example in a quest where fighting something is necessary a high attack, strength and defense level would be recommended or required. Your main level is called your combat level and is determined by your attack, strength, defense, range, magic and summoning level.
          === Leveling up ===
          To level up a stat you usually have to do specific tasks and jobs. Here is a list of the skill and how to level it up:
          - Attack - Killing monsters around the island or other players in designated areas.(with the slash option selected in the attack menu)

          -Strength - Same as attack but with the crush option selected

          - Defense - same as above but with the block option selected

          - Range - Using a bow and arrow or a crossbow to kill things

          - Prayer - EXP is gained by burying bones

          - Magic - EXP is gained by casting spells available to your magic level

          - Runecrafting - EXP is gained by turning "rune essence" into rune stones

          - Construction - EXP is gained by creating items in the player owned house with wooden planks (members only)

          Hitpoints - EXP is earned equal to the amount of damage you deal to a creature or person

          Agility - Agility is earned in many ways including playing with a toy mouse and working out at a tree gone agility course (members only)

          Herblore - EXP is earned by cleaning and grinding up herbs and also making potions. (members only)

          Thieving - EXP is earned in various way ranging from pickpocketing up to stealing from pyramids. (members only)

          Crafting - EXP is earned from making things and tanning cow hides etc

          Fletching - EXP is earned by turning logs into items such as arrow shafts and bows/cross bows. (members only)

          Slayer - EXP is earned by killing the monsters asigned to you from the slayer master (members only)

          Hunting - EXP is earned by trapping animals (members only)

          mining - EXP is earned each time you mine an ore (ranging from copper up to runite)

          smiting - EXP is earned by smelting ores into bars and turning those bars into weapons and other items.

          Fishing - EXP is earned each time you successfully catch a fish (or shrimp for that matter)

          Cooking - EXP is earned each time something is successfully cooked.

          Firemaking - EXP is earned each time you light a successfull fire.

          Woodcutting - EXP is earned for each log you receive so for example if you are cutting an oak tree you will earn EXP for each log not the tree cut down.

          There are a few more but i think this review is already getting reading intensive.

          -- History --
          Runescape started out as a small 2.5 D game that eventually grew and grew until Andrew gower realized he needed to update to stay in the game, (quite literally) so then runescape 2 was born. Runescape 2 then grew into what the game is today.

          -- Overview--
          i didn't cover all the points i would have liked to but i think that it was becoming more of an essay than a review so ill quit while im ahead and summarize for you. Runescape in some way or another has shaped the MMORPG world. With runescape you can get truly lost in a fantasy world of goblins and dragons. It is an amazing...well i don't like referring to it as a game but...yeah it is an amazing game and i think that if you haven't you certainly should play it and see for yourself how immersed you get in the fantastic world of runescape.

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          05.09.2009 16:58
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          If you are starting out gaming or are a veteran, try this game regardless

          Ok as a Runescape veteran of about 4 years, i think i have a place to review it.

          Runescape is a browser played MMO developed and maintained by Jagex and so isn't as well funded as WoW or other MMOs although it is alot more accessable to everyone especially those just getting into MMOs.

          Runescape is not graphically demanding in anyway and so can be played on a variety of machines with ease, that coupled with its low membership price and free non member zones makes it easy to use and access which means that it can still be a contender.

          Runescapes unique soundboard, soundtracks and graphic style makes it easily identifyable as well as easy to fun on a range of machines.

          Features:
          Large world
          Free content
          Weekly updates
          Holiday events
          Big communtiy
          Developer interaction

          Something else about Runescape is that you feel like your alot closer to the developers and the guys behind the scenes than you do with a larger game like WoW, Jagex holds regular polls, so you have a choice about somethings that go on and gives good support.

          Runescape also feels alot more cheerful than other MMOs with frequent humour coming from characters, other player, stories or just a peice of content that is taking the mick out of a real life issue.

          The community in game is alot better than other games i feel, it may be younger and less serious but there are plenty of minigames, quests and events where you can work together and have alot of fun at the same time.

          In Runescape, there are no paticular classes though there are melee, magic or range (mainly) although most choose to be a melee as magic costs runes and bow attacks cost arrows while melee weapons require no maintainance or additional costs. To make the classes more balanced, there is a combat triangle: Melee beats range, range beats magic and magic beats melee.

          Leveling in Runescape is uniqe in that levels are called combat level not just level like other MMOs and so if something is blocked to under 20s that means under 20s probably won't be able to survive in that zone. Another good thing about this system is that you can't tell much about a person from thier level since there are no offical classes, so someone lower that you may be speciallised in magic which could come as a shock in combat.

          Skills are very important to Runescape and there are alot ranging from magic to construction, the higher the skill the easier things in that skill can be be done, the more things that are avaliable and the more quests featuring that skill can be done. The level cap for all skills is 99. The good thing is that you don't have to be a specific combat level to level non combat skills, so if you enjoy cooking you can be a level 10 with 90 mining.

          Mini games are something integral to Runescape as well as being fun to do, they range from combat to woodcutting so you can have fun and level skills at the same time also their are many teambased games which leads to guilds being made speciafically to play these minigames at regular intervals.


          Overall although the game may be a little more children inclined and less graphically intense, if you are bored with hardcore killing games like WoW than give this game a try, the game has a wider variety of people playing and is the best value for money game i have ever played.

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            31.08.2009 15:42
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            A Fabulous interactive online adventure game.

            Runescape is an online interactive game which was created by Jagex. It involves creating your own character and a guide takes you through the first steps. There are many places in Runescape, including Camelot, Varrock, Ardougne and Falador, to name but a few. You can play for free or become a member. Becoming a member means you have access to all of the game and it is well worth it from as little as £3.50 per month. You do not have to take out a yearly membership.

            The idea of the game is that you build your character through a variety of quests, tasks and life skills, such as cooking, fighting, farming, fishing, magic, slayer, crafting, herbivore etc. The game is very involved and you could play for years and still not complete everything. Everyone has a bank in which they can place the objects they make or earn and you can keep all your money there too. Banks are scattered throughout the different parts of the world in the game.

            The more you play the more levels you build and the better armour etc you can wear. You can talk with all the other characters who play Runescape and can join clans and make new friends, who you will find help each other.

            Runescape has an extensive section that will help you through the game and help you to build your levels. Throughout the game, your new found skills and higher leves will help you to buy and sell things so you can make money. There are over 150 quests which can be either short or long and gain you quest points which open up other options.

            During the game you can also fight demons, wizards, monsters and lots of other characters. Characters drop objects when killed which are used throughout the game and can be kept in your bank.

            If i reviewed the whole game it would take me forever but it is great fun and wonderful to keep you occupied on a rainy day when you are stuck in the house.

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