Despite all of my gushings, I really want to come back to the details in the game. Those details are still the main reason I come back week after week and why I buy my subscription cards in three month intervals. The world feels alive, even more so than many of the client-based heavy hitters like RIFT or World of Warcraft. NPCs come and go, many of them each handing out unique quests. There is more movement and life in a typical village in RuneScape than I often find in many MMOs that feature static, statue-like NPCs.
Don’t get me wrong, if you burn your way through levels and play several hours a night you might just start to see the threads in RuneScape’s gold tapestry. That’s bound to happen with any MMO. To me, someone who often needs a world that offers what seems like endless opportunities just to relax or many different types of adventure, RuneScape is it. It’s dependable and comfortable. My advice would be to forget the levels. After all, in this sandbox you can chase levels the entire time you play and never hit them all. Work on a little fletching here, maybe some cooking there. Take a moment and go see an area you haven’t been to yet. Train up agility, or even just spend an evening on a roleplay server working on your character’s story.
There’s an MMO born every day, and every game is someone’s favorite. Why I Play runescape powerleveling is a column in which the Massively staff members kick back and reminisce about all their favorite MMOs. Whether it’s the new hotness or an old fan favorite loaded with nostalgia, each title we cover here tugs at our heartstrings and keeps us coming back for more.