RuneScape as players currently know it is not the first version of the game. The first RuneScape, now referred to as RuneScape Classic, was introduced a few years before RuneScape 2, the game that is currently known as
RuneScape today. RuneScape Classic is still playable by paying members of the RuneScape community and can be accessed from the official RuneScape website at www.runescape.com. The link to RuneScape Classic is located near the bottom of the left-hand navigation block.
The world of RuneScape Classic is similar to a portion of the current RuneScape world, although some areas have been changed or more redefined. Names and city layouts have changed, monsters have migrated to new territories, characters may or may not be the same, and shops have different inventories. Players familiar with the central area of RuneScape stretching from the tree gnome stronghold to Varrock and Al Kharid will be able to navigate through the world of RuneScape Classic without any difficulty.
Players can transfer their characters back and forth between the two games without losing any items or equipment; however, they will find that their level may change slightly. This is due to the level balancing in RuneScape Classic. The player isn’t really losing any experience or levels; the Classic version of the game simply uses a slightly different level-measuring calculation.
So what’s different between the two versions of the game? The current version of RuneScape is much more expansive, featuring a larger world, more quests, many new items, weapons, and armor, and a variety of new monsters. New skills have been added, some deleted, and some tweaked to produce a more balanced effect.
Despite these many differences, however, the general gameplay of RuneScape Classic and RuneScape 2 is nearly the same. Players still immerse themselves in a magical, medieval world full of dangerous beasts, powerful sorcery, and exciting adventures. The player dynamic, also, has not changed, with both versions of the game featuring friendly clans, helpful experienced players, and a thriving player-based economy.
Some players may feel like the new version of RuneScape has much more to offer because it’s more expansive and features more quests. Other players, however, especially those who began their adventure playing RuneScape Classic, have a soft spot for the original game and enjoy playing it. Both games are great fun, and no matter which players chose to play, or if they enjoy playing both, one thing remains the same: RuneScape and RuneScape Classic are both amazing games that allow players to leave the real world behind for a little while.