Old School RuneScape review | PC Gamer

Old School RuneScape review | PC Gamer


This review was originally published in May 2018, and has been republished in conjunction with Old School RuneScape’s 2021 Steam release. RuneScape was previously reviewed in the PC Gamer UK October 2009 issue, where it received a 72%.

Need to Know

What is it? A sandbox MMORPG that originally released in 2013, and is based on RuneScape as it was in 2007. 
Expect to pay: Free-to-play, $10.99/month for full access
Developer: Jagex 
Publisher: Jagex
Reviewed on: Windows 7, i5-3570k, 16GB Ram, GTX 1070 
Multiplayer: Massively multiplayer
Link: Official site 
Play: Steam 

Most MMOs lead you on a campaign that introduces the most important characters, areas and activities, and only then do they take the leash off and tell you to do whatever you want. That last bit is where Old School RuneScape starts. It’s a sandbox MMORPG that’s deliberately grindy and intimidatingly hands-off. You go through a five-minute tutorial which teaches you the absolute bare minimum and then you’re unceremoniously dropped into the hometown of Lumbridge. It’s the kind of game where you have to bookmark the wiki before you can get anywhere. But if you’re willing to push through the harsh learning curve, and if you find RuneScape’s freewheeling sense of adventure liberating rather than overwhelming, you may well find your forever game.