Gameplay (5 out of 5)
Both casual and hardcore MMORPG players will feel right at home with Runes of Magic. It takes most of the common features found in all MMORPGs and adds a few new features to to mix. Possibly the most appealing feature in the game is the dual class system. Once a player gets to level 10, they have the option of selecting a secondary class. This allows players to be able to fill two different group roles or just a way to mix up the grind.
Upon reaching certain levels the class you pick will unlock spells and abilities to use on your journey. Just like every MMORPG you will accept quests, kill creatures to gain experience and earn TP (talent points) to spend to upgrade your class abilities. Whether you like to quest for loot or simply kill things and grab the best drops from the most deadly creatures, you will feel right at home.
Moving around is done in one of several ways. Using the W, A, S, D keys or the arrow keys on your keyboard. You can also use a combination of the keyboard and the mouse. Casting spells is done by clicking and dragging your class abilities to action bars and hitting the corresponding button on your keyboard.
With a maximum level of 100 (50 for each class if you dual class) you will find plenty of content in Runes of Magic to appease your appetite for adventure. Although once you reach level 50 you stop gaining experience, you will continue to gain TP to allow you to increase the strength of your class abilities.
Features (5 out of 5)
Aside from the dual class feature Runes of Magic has a host of pretty much all the features one would expect from an MMORPG. Gear management, auction halls, crafting with several professions and no limit the amount of professions you can have, dungeons, raids, guilds, daily quests, item malls and even pvp. Runes of Magic simply has it all and much, much more.
It doesn’t stop there either! From the beginning of the game all players have access to their very own house. You are free to decorate it in any way you see fit. You can also expand the size of your house, give it a name and even invite your in game friends over to show it off. There are over 130 decorations in the game and that number grows every patch update.
Some of the more unique features in Runes of Magic include PvP dungeons, randomly generated instanced dungeons and gear upgrading. Each time you enter a dungeon, everything from loot to the types of monsters are randomly generated so each visit is completely unique.
Some gear in Runes of Magic can stick with you for a very long time. You can take a piece of gear you obtained at level 10, upgrade it and still be using it well into your 30s.
Graphics (5 out of 5)
Those of you familiar with old school MMORPGs such as Dark Age of Camelot or even a newer MMORPG such as World of Warcaft will be stunned with the amount of nostalgia. The game looks extremely familiar to those types of MMORPGs, especially World of Warcraft. By spending a few minutes chatting in Runes of Magic you can hear that most people even consider Runes of Magic to be a free to play World of Warcraft.
The graphics aren’t spectacular so don’t expect anything to great. Even though it is a 3D game the graphics appear to be a bit dated with cartoonish models. However, that doesn’t hurt the gameplay in the least bit. The graphics are good enough to keep you enthralled in the game. Even with the cartoonish graphics you can still see some amazing artwork and scenery.
Overall (5 out of 5)
Simply put, Runes of Magic has enough content no matter what your flavor is. If you want to spend all day dueling oth
er players, running 6 man dungeons or raiding then you will be completely satisfied. The amount of customability and flexibility you are givin in this free to play MMORPG is astounding. There is hardly ever a dull moment in Runes Of Magic. Chances are when your not leveling, you are upgrading your gear, crafting to make money on the market, running dungeons or raids to get better gear, expanding your house or just having a blast chatting it up with random people in chat.
The community here is awesome as well. The stigma that most well known MMORPGs have is almost non-existent in Runes of Magic. People are friendly and glad to help with any questions you may have. With the amazing amount of content available, there is no reason to not give Runes of Magic a try. What are you wating for? Check out Runes of Magic today, you will not regret it.
Runes of Magic is simply, hands down, the best free to play MMORPG. It has more features than any other free to play MMORPG currently available. To much to cover in a simply review in fact. The amount of issues/bugs in the game are very little and the game is simply addicting to play as well. Those who decide to give this game a shot will most undoubtedly be spending a lot of their free time in Runes of Magic.