Up until 20th November 2012 I was only able to speak for a friend and myself when I said that we liked this game for its simplicity in gameplay. Now I know I can speak for more people. Unlike many current popular games RuneScape was slow-paced, with simple point-and-click controls for movement and interaction, and the arrow keys to manoeuvre the game camera. RuneScape is an open world game offering the players choices in what they want to do, whenever they want to. If you don’t like certain aspects of the game you don’t have to use them. It has always been optional.
Combat in RuneScape has always been easy to understand. There are three types of combat styles – Melee, Ranged and Magic. Choosing one of these styles doesn’t exclude training the other two. Magic for instance can be used outside of combat. Teleporting and alchemy spells require medium magic levels and will aid in terms of money making and fast travelling.
Fighting dangerous Non-Player Characters (NPCs) could be done solo or non-solo depending on the area. When in a multi-combat area everyone could attack a NPC and everyone would get experience. The one who caused most damage was the one that got the kill and the item reward. If players choose to Loot-share everyone got an item reward.
Players in a single-combat area had a NPC all to themselves.
The graphics have dramatically changed for the better over the past few years. When I first started my own RuneScape career the graphics were so poor you could barely tell males from females. It had the same block-like shape as the first Tomb Raider game. But many players, myself included, didn’t care because no other game offered what RuneScape was offering at the time. It didn’t have “fancy” tool bars or abilities. Graphics aren’t always everything. If a game has good enough controls the game will be enjoyable.
Another aspect that at least appeals to myself is that RuneScape only have human characters to choose from. There are no classes or races that restricts your character in various ways. Feeling forced to study classes or races to make the “right” decision before even creating a character might put people off from even contemplating trying a game. This applies for those with no time to go in-depth with a game. Like adults, and RuneScape has always had many adults playing.