Old School RuneScape
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As one of the most well-loved MMORPGS of all-time, RuneScape has a player base that stays strong regardless of what is going on in the world today. However, while modern RuneScape is a far-cry from its original, some prefer the ‘old school’ way of playing – that’s why the release of Old School Runescape is sure to get fans excited. If you have been jolted into action by the Classic World of Warcraft release, why not see something else that was a key part in genre building?
As good (and bad) as you remember
So, the first thing we have to note is that this is pretty much the original Runescape at its best. First released in 2007, the first release of OSR was following an August 2007 build. This release came in 2013, so it was the best part of six years later, but it has seen some other changes and add-ons since it was first released into the wild. Why this is such a big deal just now, though, is that OSR got its first-ever Steam release in 2021 – and has seen a detonation in popularity in a very short space of time.
If you ever played this classic MMORPG then you will know what to expect. Lots of clicking, lots of back and forth, lots of fetch quests, and more or less complete control to do as you please with your character. You start out with more or less nothing and have every opportunity to turn your character into whatever archetype you like.
A journey into the past
Leagues exist, as does the classic Ironman and Deadman Modes, so you can still take part in these classics of the OSR experience. The pros are the same as ever – a fun little game that is very limited and basic for the modern era but was a game-changer for those intrigued by mobile browsers.
While it still lacks the kind of depth one would want in a proper tutorial, compared to say modern WoW, and it definitely is a bit hard to play if you are not used to its litany of quirks, but it is a lot of fun for those who are new to the MMO scene and want something a bit more basic.
While it lacks the kind of variety you get with most modern MMOs, it makes up for it by having pure charm and a wonderful community to take part in. Add in the fact that this is the most sandbox of MMOs where you really have no objective or any real story to follow, and you can basically do whatever you like. Great fun, but probably most fun for remember clicking their way though an old browser in their younger years.
- Retains all of the charm of the original
- Totally sandbox, gives you freedom to do as you wish
- Great community, makes it easy to play and get started
- Despite updates, still feels heavily outdated compared to modern alternatives