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RuneScape (Windows)

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Written by  :  Jamie Redgate (4)
Written on  :  Jan 22, 2005
Platform  :  Windows
Rating  :  4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars

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Summary

Free games have never been this good!

The Good

I didn't get into this game that long ago, but as soon as I started I knew I had found something that would keep me hooked for months! I am a fan of fantasy stuff, sword wielding to magic to life in the dark ages. Naturally, when I heard a free game was out where you can create your own character, do almost everything you can think of, from simple things like baking cakes and making fires to fighting demons and dragons! What makes this game so brilliant is that everything is entirely up to you. It's not a game where you have set tasks to do and once you've completed them it's over. On runescape you can do what you want, when you want. It's completely up to you from the moment you finish the training of what you want to do. You might want to put up your cooking levels and as they grow, the number of meals you can cook grows also. You might be an all out warrior, but what good are you when you cant cook anything to heal yourself? That's what makes runescape challenging. You must balance your skills. It's not much use if you can destroy a dragon but are unable to heal the damage the dragon does to you? The last thing that makes runescape so good is the amount of abilities on the game that you can level up. From cooking to woodcutting and magic to mining. Runescape has it all. And depending on which ability you enjoy doing the most, you can get up your levels and sell whatever you produce to other players, or sell them to shops, scattered around the massive runescape world.

The Bad

The only thing I didn't like about runescape is, although there is a huge amount of stuff to do and places to go, the fact that to get more places to go and be able to cook, craft, smelt and mine many more things you have to pay. You have to pay to become a member, and when your a member a lot more things are then open to you. Myself, I can live with the free to play game but for others they might get tired of what they can do, and want more.

The Bottom Line

This is a very large game, where what you do is up to you. You can trade with people in other countries (only game items, remember) or you can keep to yourself and upgrade the skills that you wish to get good at. I myself love this game, it has a lot to offer and I wont be getting tired of it anytime soon!