"Old School Runescape": The Beauties and Wonders of a Very Unique MMORPG
Going Back to School
Old School RuneScape (OSRS) is admired for its nostalgia. It is truly "old school," which is what makes it so much more popular than RuneScape 3 (RS3), the newest "official" version of the game. OSRS generally has two to three the number of players as RS3, with today's peak being ~82k and ~23k concurrent players, respectively.
"OSRS" reached over one hundred thousand (117k+) concurrent players on October 7th, 2018!
My Personal Experience
I started playing RuneScape 2 (now OSRS) in 4th grade, nearly 13 years ago. I have been playing on and off ever since. The first few years are what I like to call the "Golden Years." I had so much fun just exploring the game, walking across the kingdoms, killing whatever enemies I came across, and simply chatting with fellow gamers. Back then, I had no sense of efficiency—I had just as much fun walking around Gielinor (the planet on which RuneScape takes place) as I do now while tackling more advanced quests. While I can now make much more progress, RuneScape is the kind of game where you can spend hours, days, or even years (like I did) doing pretty much nothing but exploring and chatting, and still have loads of fun!
While I now get much further in the game doing higher-end content, RuneScape is the kind of game where you can spend hours, days, or even years (like I did) doing pretty much nothing but explore and chat with other players, and still have loads of fun!— Jesse Pierce
Communication Is Key
Being able to communicate with other players by using the chat system, emotes, items, and even by making designs in the minimap with your inventory makes for some amazing multiplayer adventures. Communication is so important for video games, as it adds levels of enjoyment not accessible otherwise. During the time I've been playing, I've had several RS girlfriends, role-playing partners, and even best friends. I've spent so many enjoyable hours just talking to people. That could be said about any game though, right? Well, I guess, but RuneScape really makes an effort to make communication fun!
Getting married to your RS fiancé? Give them flowers and a ring! Want to cosplay as a frog? Go right ahead. The thousands of items available in RuneScape to help add strategy (and complication) to combat and the many skills. However, they also make playing with friends (and strangers) so much more fun!
Being able to communicate with other players using the chat system, emotes, and even making designs in the minimap by dropping items makes for some amazing adventures.
The End Game
Yes, you can get hundreds, even thousands of hours of enjoyment in OSRS without ever getting to end-game content, buuuut, if you ever want to get the most out of OSRS, you're going to want to start grinding. Skills take many hours to advance once you get to higher levels, in fact, it takes so long and so much effort that the creators thought nobody would ever get level 99. Nowadays, pretty much everybody has at least one skill at 99! Of course, experience rates are much higher these days, so it's not nearly as hard to get 99 as it was in the beginning. That being said, it's still a pain in the booty. I mean, in 13 years, I still haven't got one! I've had several accounts over the years, but I've been playing my active account since 2014. But I'm going to do my best and try to reach that 99!
Drop Art Is Fun
As for the content you can access once you reach high levels and complete end-game quests, it's practically never-ending. There are tons of bosses, Slayer (one of the many skills) monsters, gear you can make, ores you can mine, fish you can . . . fish, etc. Naturally, the higher the level you are, the more you can do. For example, OSRS just recently released Song of the Elves, the finale to the Elf quest series that players have been waiting for for 14 years (yes, fourteen years!). With it came Priffdinas, an Elven city with loads and loads of new content, including new NPCs, gear, bosses, etc. And the only way to access that content is if you do the seven previous quests (and probably a few others that tie in with it). So, advancing requires questing . . . lots and lots of questing.
Newer Doesn't Mean Better
Old School RuneScape is an expansive, unique, and well-loved (by the creators and fans) MMORPG. It has kept me interested, busy, and satisfied for 13 years. No other game has had that effect on me. Higher-graphics don't necessarily mean better content. So if you haven't tried playing it already, what are you waiting for?