Runescape really is great. The PvP/PvE is interesting because there are three attack styles: Magic, Ranged, and Melee. This adds interesting strategy to the game and makes people think before they attempt a boss or hard enemy. (Or maybe another player). There are … what? over two hundred quests? at least one hundred anyway. The quests are different. Some of them require thinking, some of them require combat. Some of them also require lots and lots of skill.
Melee is awesome because there are about two hundred (If not more), weapons and there are different types of weapons. Katanas, Longswords, Scimitars, 2h Swords, Daggers, Spears, Whips and a bunch of other ones. They also have different attack styles to match the armor and weaknesses of different players and enemies. There are also lots of special attacks for Dragon Weapons, quest weapons, and special weapons.
Magic is the most interesting combat form, because there are different “tiers” of spells. There are about three hundred spells, if you include the Lunar and Ancient spellbooks. (Approximately eighty spells in each spellbook), and the more you level up, the more useful, powerful, and cooler your spells get. There are also different spells for different situations. The Bake Pie Spell (The Lunar spellbook) can heal your teammates if they are hurt, the combat spells can pretty much be used for a war of some kind, a teleother can get rid of unwanted players, or can help transport someone else to another place (A new person, for example who doesn’t have the teleports unlocked).
Ranged is great because there are not only heaps of different bows, but lots of different arrows to be shot. And it doesn’t have to be a bow! it can be a crossbow, a “chinchompa” a throwing dart, a javelin, a throwing axe, a “Toktz-xil-ul”, and a throwing knife! Don’t forget the Dwarf Weapons such as the hand cannon, and the Dwarf Multicannon.
The armor is also really detailed and as you get higher skills, you will be repaid with more protective armor, however, your equipment load will get higher and higher, until your run power runs out about fifteen seconds after you use it. This also effects weapons, but it makes you think before you put on different armor like for example if you were fighting a mage, you would use dragonhide and a ranged weapon, because the magic is ineffective against the shiny scales, and the arrows would pierce their soft robes. If you were fighting a ranger, you would use melee, because your blade would cut through their scales. If you were fighting a warrior, you would use magic, because it “effectively boils them in their own armor”
(A bit like Rock, Paper, Scissors, really ;P)
The D&D system is also really fun and a great Distraction if you have nothing else to do or need to earn a bit more money or get your skills up a bit for that quest.
My favourite one is Barrows, where you fight the legendary six Barrow ghost brothers. (Ahrim the Blighted (Mage), Dharok the Wretched (Hard, inaccurate hits), Guthan the Infested (Uses a spear, regenerates health), Karil the Tainted, (Ranged), Torag the Corrupted (Uses double hammers), and Verac the Defiled (Uses a flail, hits through prayer). And also Ariskae the Doomed, (Uses magic, but more prayer-based) who is a brother unlocked by completing a quest called the “Ritual of the Mahjarrat” (Another benefit of completing quests) This is also very profitable, because you can sell the armor which is occasionally dropped by them to players, or to the Grand Exchange (See below).
Another one is called “Tears of Guthix” where you collect special water from the gods (The Kind of evil god is called Guthix, and the Divine God is known as Saradomin). There is also another evil god called Zamorak. (You’ll learn about him later in quests). The will degrade your current amount, while the Saradomin (Blue) will add to it. After a certain amount of time, you will be called out of the cave by a snake called Juna, who apparently guards the Tears of Guthix.
At number three is the circus, where you find a ticket booth, which are hidden all over Runescape and change location during different periods of time. The circus does three different events, Agility, Mage, and Range. You can also do a fourth event, firemaking, but you need to do a quest which is long, hard and has big requirements. You earn experience points for each one you do depending on how well you do them.
That’s just to name a FEW D&Ds …
The quests are hard, sure, but are SO WORTH IT!!! They unlock new music tracks, areas, quests, D&Ds, spells, weapons, armor, and spellbooks.
Members doesn’t cost a lot, and is definitely worth it. You get new spells, quests, skills, weapons, armor, music tracks, items, tasks, minigames/D&Ds, dungeoneering floors, 2 Spins on the SoF, areas, enemies, lots more players, and it basically just makes the game quite a bit easier.
The Grand Exchange trading system works perfectly, and allows you to sell even the cheapest, worst items for lots more, giving new players a good start to the game. It also gives you a rubbish bin that’ll give you more money for things than the general store and most other shops will give you. It’s a great system. With the huge amount of players, your offers, as long as they are moderately reasonable, will return great profit.
Looks like some runescape haters have just been owned …
Would you like me to go through the skills? ;P