World of Warcraft vs. RuneScape: Who Beats Who?
This article will look into every little piece of the games and find out which is the best.
Who Beats Who?
So you probably want to know what is good about Runescape and what is good about WoW.
I've been playing both games for a long time, so I'm going to tell you what I think. If you disagree, just comment and. I really hope you don't just think "Yea that g33k is probably right. I just agree." I would love if some of you told me your own opinions. In this article i will talk about the P2P Runescape since F2P Runescape has nothing much to offer. Well here we go...
Lets start with "Skills & Professions"
In WoW there's following skills: (These are also called professions)
Alchemy (Make potions to raise your damage or health etc.)
Blacksmithing (Craft weapons & armor)
Cooking (Cook food like bread or fish to heal you if you're low on health.)
Enchanting (Enchant weapons & armor to get magic abilities. Example: +50 armor for your boots.)
Engineering (This is the skill where you make everything out of metal, like robots, combat protectors, helicopters.. the list goes on.)
First Aid (Be able to heal you and your teammates. Higher levels allows you to heal people with high health points faster)
Fishing (Catch fish and cook them with your cooking skill. These are used to heal yourself when eaten.)
Herbalism (Gather plants to make potions with your Alchemy profession.)
Jewel Crafting (This profession lets you craft rings, necklaces and trinkets. It also lets you make jewels to fill in the sockets in your armor. These gems works a bit like enchanting.)
Skinning (Skin the animals you kill and use their hide for leather armor.)
Leatherworking (This is the skill you use to make hide & leather into armor.)
Poisoning (This is primary a rogue skill. Rogues uses this skill to make poison. The poison is attached to their weapons to give more damage. The poison may also have a bleed effect where the opponent may suffer for several seconds.)
Tailoring (This skill can be used with skinning, but is not required. Tailoring is the skill where you get the ability to craft cloth armor, bags, capes/cloaks, shirts and so on. They will mainly be making clothes for Warlocks, Priests and Mages, since these are the 3 cloth wearing classes in WoW.)
Mining (With this skill you can mine the ores which is needed to make armor with the Blacksmithing profession. The ores/veins you can find is "Copper", "Tin" (Copper & Tin is used to make Bronze), "Silver", "Iron", "Gold", "Mithrill", "True Silver", "Small Thorium", "Rich Thorium".)
Lock-picking (This is a skill which is connected to rogues. Rogues gets the ability to pick-lock chests etc. In these chests there will be a prize waiting for you. You never know what's in it. The profession also allow rogues to pick-lock chests and boxes for other players.
In Runescape there's following skills:
Agility (This is the skill where you learn to get past obstacles like threes or rocks. If you're level 1 Agility, you can still walk around, but you cant use the smart shortcuts which are hided everywhere. If you're level 99 Agility, you might be able to for example climb walls.
Crafting (Crafting is about making stuff from the different metals you can find around Runescape. The ores/veins you can find is "Clay" (for making pots), "Copper", "Tin", (Copper & Tin is used to make Bronze), "Iron", "Silver", "Coal", "Mithrill", "Adamantite", "Rune".)
Fishing (Catch fish and cook them with your cooking skill)
Hunter (The hunter skill is giving you the ability to track, set traps, and catch all sorts of creatures that you, without the hunter skill, wouldn't be unable to interact with)
Fletching (Fletching is the skill where you get the ability to create bows, arrows, crossbows and a lot more.)
Rune-crafting (This skill allows you to mine "Rune essence" and afterwards craft runes. You need runes to cast damaging spells, healing spells, teleporting spells. Pretty much all spells actually.
Summoning (Summoning is a skill that, with the right levels, allows you to have for example a beaver to help you with your woodcutting, a yak to hold your items as a pack mule or a Minotaur to help you in your fights. This skill is like the WoW hunters ability to get pets to fight for him.
Construction (In Runescape you've got your own personal house which you can decorate and upgrade. You can lean to make toys and furniture for your house, and if you're high-leveled you'll have a sweet house to invite all your friends into. You can even offer them something to eat, a cup of tea, a glass or ale, a for-fun-only boxing fight, a dance around your Christmas three, a rest in your bed or in the rocking-chair, or a dangerous trip into the dungeon where you and your friends can fight monsters together. Yep, "Player Owned Houses" is a lot of fun.
Farming (Farming allows you to grow your own vegetables, banana trees, apple trees, onions.. the list goes on. In this skill you really got to have patience, cause flora doesn't grow in 1 minute. At least not i Runescape!)
Herblore (This skill is pretty much like Herbalism, Alchemy & Poisoning in one. You find herbs all around Runescape and if your level allows you to, you can identify these herbs. The herbs can be used to make attack potions, strength potions, poisons etc.)
Mining (This skill is pretty much like the Mining skill in WoW. You mine form a rock and get some kind of metal. Rune for example. When you got these metals, you can sell them or craft them into armor or weapons.)
Slayer (This skill is pretty tricky when compared to WoW. Cause i think WoW's quests are pretty boring form time to time. I find them a bit like this: "Go and kill 100 goblins, steal their boxes and get back". But that's OK. because a game needs that. Some people actually enjoy it. Runescapes quests are all unique in my eyes. Not one is like the other. But the skill Slayer is like WoW's quests i think. Cause here you get a task from your slayer master. The task could for example be to kill 40 zombies and get back. The slayer skill allows you to kill special creatures, just like hunting. These creatures may drop very valuable items, rare items etc. My point is that I think the the Slayer skill is almost the same as the WoW quests but that's just my opinion.
Thieving (This skill allows you to steal from NPC's (computers) and pick-lock chests and doors open. In these chests you may find anything from dust to money to armor and weapons. You start off stealing from villagers (earning 3 coins from each time you pickpocket someone) but in the higher levels you'll be able to steal runes, weapons and other valuable stuff. There's of course the risk to be caught, and sometimes you're thrown in jail. However, this doesn't last for long.
Cooking (This is pretty much the same as in WoW. You get some meat from fishing or from monster drops (beef for example) and then you cook it with your cooking skill. You're also able to brew ales, so that you can make your own beers. Some of these beers will give you attack-power, strength ect for some minutes after you've drank it.
Fire-making (This is a skill that, in WoW, is a part of the cooking skill. This skill lets you make a fire to cook your food on. Fire's can be very handy when you're out in the swamps and cant find a stove. There's also lanterns and helms with candles for some of the dungeons. You can only light these items if you've got the right level.
Prayer (This skill has a bar like mana in WoW. If you're level 50 Prayer, you got 50 prayer to work with. Prayer can be used to turn on some abilities. For example there's an ability that protects you from magic. When turned on, the prayer-points will be less and less until there's none left. When you're out of Prayer points, you go to an alter and pray to your god and you're full again. The prayer skill can be leveled by burying bones and doing quests. Bones is obtained from killed monsters or enemies.
Smithing (Smithing is used to forge your own weapons and armor. As in WoW you can sell the items or use them for yourself.)
Woodcutting (Woodcutting allows you to cut down trees. When a tree is chopped down you get the logs from it. The logs can be used to light fires or make staffs, bows, arrows and a lot more.
In Runescape you can master every single skill if you want to. Unfortunately, WoW allows you to pick only 2 professions like Skinning & Leatherworking, and then you can't use any of the other professions at all. You can let go of one of your professions (like Skinning) and then get a new one, but you can only have 2 professions at a time. Cooking, First-Aid, Fishing & Poisoning is for everyone though.
In Runescape you can also level each of the combat skills. Runescape has got:
Attack (High level attack means that you don't miss so many of your attacks.)
Defence (High level defence means that you dodge/reflects the opponents attacks.)
Strength (High level strength means that you deal more damage.)
Ranged (The Ranged skill is for people using bows & arrows. This can be a big advantage when unable to reach a monster or an enemy behind a rock etc. The ranged skill allows you to get better and better bows, arrows & ranged armor)
Magic (The magic skill lets you use magic to heal, kill and teleport you and your friends. Magic skill can be leveled as in WoW, by killing enemies.
Hit-points (Hit-points is how much life you've got. If you got 70 hit-points/HP and a monster hits you for 35, then you're on half life. Hit points is of course necessary to level.)
I think that there's a lot more unique skills in Runescape. Such as Farming, Construction, Prayer, Rune-crafting, Summoning and Hunter. I defiantly like the skills in Runescape more than the ones in WoW.
Introductions and beginner help
The Intros and beginner help
When you enter WoW for first time, you get the history of the race you've picked. this is a great idea and way to quickly tell people what kind of creature you've actually chosen.
But that's actually the introduction there is. The only "beginner" help there is, is the pop-up tutorials which comes up. In this category i like Runescapes way of doing it better.
When you create a person i Runescape you start at the Tutorial Island. On Tutorial island you learn everything you need to learn. There's a Mining master, Woodcutting master, Fishing master, Combat master, Ranging master etc. I think it's a good way of learning what to do in different situations.
In World of Warcraft there's 10 different races to chose from. There's the good site (Alliance) and the evil site (Horde).
(10 different races)
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Unfortunately, Runescape has only got 1 race to chose as your character.
Human (This link will lead you to some (if not all) of the races in Runescape)
First thought: "That's pretty bad!". It would be great if you could chose to be something else but again, Runescape is just such a different game. The game is all about you being a human in that world and that's how it is. It's just so cool that you can meet so many different races in World of Warcraft. I like that very much.
Who Beats Who?
As i mentioned earlier i think that the quests in WoW is a bit like Runescape's Slayer skill. Boring. I mean its not boring in Runescape, cause you can get rare or very valuable stuff that you wouldn't be able to get without that skill. Also, you don't need to level up in slayer. Only if you want to. But the process of killing 100 monsters, going back, getting reward, killing monsters, going back, getting reward is too BORING. Seriously Blizzard, get it. Runescape can learn much from WoW but WoW can also learn a LOT from Runescape. The Quests in Runescape is all unique. Not one of them is like the other. The people behind Runescape's quests is clever people. I wouldn't really say that about the people behind the quests of WoW (soz).
I know that there's only a hundred quests in Runescape and maybe 10 times as many in WoW. But they just don't beat Runescape. WoW has just got so many bad & boring quests.
We all know that WoW has got a much better graphic than Runescape. But is that all a game needs to be good game? No. A good game is not based on its graphics. Its based on everything in the game. Everything.
But we're going to talk about graphics now and i must say that WoW has got better graphics than Runescape.
Also the way to interact with people and move your character is better than i Runescape. You can easily mess up everything when tapping ten times somewhere on the mini-map (Runescape) and that's annoying. All this is about how you like games to be and that can vary from person to person. I like both graphics actually. They are very different games and they're build on very different platforms. Graphic is better in WoW but i personally like the way you play Runescape. Actually I'm more than happy with the Runescape Graphic, especially after the High Definition update, that's just perfect and all that i need.
The way you reach your abilities in WoW is very like-able. I don't like that you need to click on a button in Runescape to find for example your spells in your "spell-book". I think it should be visible on the screen all the time.
But hey, these games are not close to being the same, and Runescape is not as much about fighting all the time as World of Warcraft is. So maybe there's a reason why you can see your abilities all the time in WoW. I would just wish it was kind of the same in Runescape.
The way you move around in Runescape is a bit annoying. You click somewhere on the map or on the ground and your character moves to that spot. In WoW you just hit the forward button and the character moves. In Runescape there's squares you can walk and stand on and that's not cool. It makes it all look a little nooby if you're used to play WoW. But if you're a "Runescaper" you wont see it.
Runescape's got a mini-map just as WoW and that works fine i think, but what i DON'T like about Runescape is that you log out after being AFK/away from keyboard for 1 minute. That's pretty annoying sometimes but it's also good. Cause in Runescape there's "servers" and not "realms". You can jump to each server if you want to and you're not bound to one server/realm. Also, you can chat with everyone outside your server if you want to. So if you're in server 27 and I'm in server 1 we're still able to chat. That's a great thing about Runescape. Anyway, these servers can be full like realms can be full in WoW. This "1 minute till log-out" thing throws out people who're just AFK. If you're not doing anything anyway why should you then block for other players to log into that server. That's both a good and a bad thing about the auto log-out.
Errors & Fixes
There has been some pretty bad glitches and errors in both games. Some of them fun too.
I remember once the "Player Owned Houses" were made and there was a boxing ring in someones house. If you joined the boxing competition, you could fight your friends, and if you teleported to somewhere while being in the boxing ring, the boxing mode were still "turned on". You could actually box players in the cities to death. They could do nothing but run. Oh yea that was a fun time.
The only bad errors I've got while playing Runescape is when trying to start the game. Also the java client crashed once but nothing besides that.
Jesus, I've been having a lot of trouble with World of Warcraft. I've had blue screens, black screens etc. I've experiences that WoW wouldn't let me minimize the window and another time it wouldn't let me maximize it. It's also been crashing a lot of times and every time i went to Orgrimmar(city) the game closed. These errors got fixed pretty fast by Blizzard so that's OK. They're good at fixing stuff :)
Stuff like this and this happened pretty often in a period and It's just not fixable. WoW is very hard to fix yourself so.. Yea I was pretty angry at WoW sometimes.
WoW's storyline beats Runescape's storyline. For sure! They've also had Warcraft 1, 2 & 3 to make it so of course they got a better storyline. I think its too bad that WoW doesn't use their storyline to make better quests but i already talked about quests so I'll stop myself here :).
There's nothing much to say. Runescape's storyline is weird and twisted, but i still like it. It all began with 3 gods (Zamorak the evil god, Saradomin the good god & Guthix the balanced god.) They had a war in the beginning and this war had consequences. Now these gods has got followers and helpers who will do everything they tell them. Saradomin wants to save the world. Zamorak wants to rule it and destroy it. Guthix tried to make balance in everything. I think its a good storyline, I'm just bad at explaining it. Its long :)
Anyway, WoW's storyline is just great. I think its cooler than Runescape's.
OK we take a look at the World Map of Runescape.
I freaking love the world map in Runescape. You get to know it very easily and there's nice places to go. There's very different places. But that doesn't beat WoW either.
Cause WoW has got fantastic places too. Maybe more fantastic that Runescape.
WoW's World Map looks like this. Wow also got their outland, which is a pretty cool place. It's not like anything you've seen before. Which is better? This is up to your self. I think they both rock.
The way you fight people and monsters in Runescape is not the best. You only got the weapon in your hand to deal damage with. You can deal damage in some different modes. "Attack", "Strength" & "Defence" If you chose Attack you will be leveling that skill etc.
Some weapons has got special abilities and that's cool enough, but the special ability is often just to deal more damage. No big deal. "You hit, they hit, you hit, they hit."
In WoW you've got so many different abilities. This can be sucking the life out of your target, killing them by throwing an axe into their face, or let a summoned pet kill the target for you. There's so many ways to attack and so many different ways it looks when you attack your opponent. It looks cool, but of course you get used to this too so it may not be a big deal after years of playing. Runescape just looks boring with the: "You hit, they hit, you hit, they hit" thing but that's not going to make me say WoW is better than RS/Runescape.
Price to play
This will be a short one.
Runescape is actually free to play, but when not paying, you only get to see and try 1/4 part of Runescape.
The price to play Runescape as a "Member" is 6 euros/8,2 dollars. That's nothing compared to WoW. First you need to buy the game in a store or on the Internet. This may cost around 56 dollars. Then you need to pay 15 dollars each month to play. If that ain't expensive then i don't know what is! Point: Too expensive!
Runescape is a game which you need to play through your Internet browser (Firefox, Netscape, Internet Explorer etc.) This is fine to me. But before the "High Definition" update you had to play Runescape in a little window on the screen. The "window" you played the game in was just too small. Now they finally made the game full-screen and that rocks! Finally they're acting like they want to make a real game. Runescape rocks like never before. Before & After the High Definition update: HTTP://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GEtdWWYFAM
Of course WoW got better chances of being cooler than Runescape, because its a real game that you download, but I think Runescape has made a great game. Especially because they're making it all on a Java Platform.
Player VS Player
In Wow you can only duel people. Then you can have a fight and you can only go down to 1 HP.
In Runescape you can go to "Wilderness" and try to kill all the players you meet. I think that's much cooler. The Wilderness is an area where you can go if you want to. When you go there, there's a lot of signs saying DANGER and stuff like "Beware, Wilderness". I think it's a good idea.
Consequences of death
Finally I'm going to talk about the consequences of death. This is not where Runescape is going to score a lot of points and beat World of Warcraft. Nope. Not here.
Cause when you die in Runescape you loose everything but your 3 most valuable items. This sucks! Seriously this is not funny. But it's closer to the real world than WoW. I just don't like it, because no one likes loosing all their stuff. Dang this is one of the less fun things in Runescape. In World of Warcraft you just wake up at a graveyard, as a spirit, and has to go and find your body. In Runescape you loose the stuff in your inventory and the stuff that you're wearing. Everything .... but 3 items. It's an evil world we're living in :)
Anyway, there's one thing i can talk about to make Runescape look a little better: Gravestones.
A gravestone is dropped when you die. A gravestone holds your items for some minutes. The best gravestone holds your items for 6 minutes. These 6 minutes can be used to run as fast as you can to that gravestone and collect your lost items. Thanks god that Jagex made gravestones. To read more about Gravestones just click this link.
In WoW there's instances where you and your team can go and kill a lot of monsters/enemies and earn a lot of money or items (armor, weapons, junk etc.)
In Runescape you go to a dungeon. This is not the same but here you are also able to kill and get some kind of rewards.
I think WoW beats Runescape in this.
Mini-games, Arenas, Battlegrounds
Runescape's Mini-games: 37 (link)
WoW's Mini-games: 0 (no link, I'm sorry :P)
I think its fun to play all those mini-games that are in Runescape. You can play handball with the gnomes or puzzles or castle wars (which is one of my favorites) In CW/Castle Wars you are placed on red or blue team. Here you need to steal the flag and return in to your own base. Here you get a chance to play player vs player without loosing your items. These Runescape mini-games is a lot of fun and a big part of the game to me.
Well. WoW are not so strong in the mini-games category. But in Battlegrounds and Arenas they surely are.
Wow has got some nice battlegrounds to join. These battlegrounds is like Castle Wars where you for example needs to steal the your enemies flag and return it to your base.
Who Beats Who?
World of Warcraft has got Warsong Gulch, Arathi Basin, Alterac Valley, Eye of the Storm & Stand of the Ancients. These battlegrounds are just great. WoW also got something called Arena. You can make a group of 3 people for example and join the Arena. Here you will need to fight 3 other players and if you win, you get arena points which you can spend on armor and weapons. Extremely fun.
As mentioned earlier, many of the Runescape mini-games is also like WoW's battlegrounds.
This is the names of the mini-games in Runescape:
Fist of Guthix
Kingdom of Miscellania
Mage Training Arena
Mort'ton Shade Burning
Ranging Mini Game
Tai Bwo Wannai Clean Up
Tears of Guthix
Temple Trekking/Burgh de Rott Ramble
The Fishing Trawler
The Great Orb Project
Trouble Brewing Mini-Game
TzHaar Fight Cave
TzHaar Fight Pit
Vyrewatch Corpse Burning
Well that was quite a lot. I think Runescape beats WoW here again but that's of course just my opinion.
Armor & Weapons
Well people out journey will soon be over. This is the final title.
In WoW there's so much armor that Blizzard don't even know how much there is themselves.
However, there's types of armor. There's Cloth (Mages etc.), Leather (Rogues etc.), Mail (Paladins etc.), Plate (Warriors etc.) When looking deeper into the armor you're getting dizzy cause of the many names. There's so much junk in WoW to find and wear that it will take a life to write down. But hey, that's OK. It's cool enough to be able to always find new stuff to wear (This happens often in the lower levels)
The types of armor which exist in Runescape is following...
Basic robes, Bronze, Iron, Khazar, Steel, Black, Mithrill, Temple Initiate, Adamantite, Rune, Dragon, Crystal, Barrow, Lunar, Bandos, Third age Melee.
Elemental, Split-bark, Mystical Robes, Ghost robes, Infinity, Third age Mage.
Leather, Hardened leather, Studded leather, Snakeskin, Green dragon-hide, Blue dragon-hide, Red dragon-hide, Black dragon-hide, Third age range, Armadyl.
OK i must admit that I'm surprised. I actually forgot how many kinds of armor there were. But again, all these armor types is used by people and is not just junk like most of the low level armor i WoW. Also its very easy to find out what armor you can use by clicking your "Defence" skill.
One thing that irritates me is that you cant hold the mouse over an item in Runescape and read its damage and abilities. That's too bad.
Well now we got to the end and we're going to see which one of the games was the best!
Nah im just kidding. Because my answer is both. I can't tell you which one of these games is the best. I can just tell you what i like about them both and i like Runescape for some reasons and World of Warcraft for some other reasons. If these two games was mixed right, there would be a powerful game (which i would play day and night :P). Well I hope you're not disappointed and if you are. Soz x)
Which one do you like the most, and why??