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Games Like RuneScape Worth Playing in 2024

Games Like RuneScape

Have you ever found yourself caught in the irresistible grasp of Gielinor, yearning for a change of scenery from the familiar lands of RuneScape? Well, you’re in luck because alternatives to your favorite MMORPG are exactly what this article is all about!

So, grab your virtual pickaxes and sharpen your wit because we are about to embark on a journey through the realm of ten Games Like RuneScape: Where the Pixels Are Always Greener. Except when they’re not, in which case you can just replace the color. Without further ado, let’s begin!

1. World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft

It’s only natural that one of the greatest MMORPGs of all time makes it to the top of this list. Though this list is in no real order, WoW is definitely the first game that comes to mind when I think of switching from RuneScape, and there are good reasons for that, lots of them, actually.

Even though the game came out way back in 2004, it’s still super active as people choose to play it on their RTX 4090s (seriously, the player base is still growing), and that’s because nothing has quite the magic that World of Warcraft has! The world is constantly being expanded, and new content is being added in, and the gamers are ever engaged in the character creation mechanics of the game.

Speaking of mechanics, you get to participate in tons of raids and join guilds that let you be part of a greater community engaging in events together. As a RuneScape fan, if you’re still looking for an MMORPG that’s active and just as fun (if not more) than your favorite game, you just can’t go wrong with WoW – playable on PC (only).

2. Legends of Aria

Legends of Aria

Going into new territory as a gamer can be intimidating, but Legends of Aria made me feel like I was just at home. It’s a pretty recent game, released in 2019, and it really shows in the way it looks! Picture it like a fresh breeze blowing through your gaming adventures but with a touch of that nostalgic charm you love.

Legends of Aria is an MMORPG developed by Citadel Studios, and it’s got that sandbox vibe that takes you back to the good ol’ days of old-school RuneScape. It’s all about freedom, which means you can roam around a massive open world, craft to your heart’s content, get your adrenaline pumping with player-versus-player battles, and hey, why not build your dream house too?

That’s what it’s all about – freedom! As a RuneScape player, I loved that I was able to experience a modern game without having it look like my buddy from high school made it in two hours on Scratch! To play Legends of Aria, you’ll need a PC.

3. Elder Scrolls Online

Elder Scrolls Online

This game is one of the best MMORPG experiences I’ve ever had! Elder Scrolls is typically single-player, as we know from Skyrim, but this 2014 title was Bethesda’s take on an online title, and the gamble really paid off for them.

Now, you won’t see too much similarity to RuneScape here, mainly because this is a modern game and has a lot of Elder Scrolls’ own magic to it, but it’s an MMORPG regardless. That means you get to make the dumbest character you want and have tons of fun with it! Except this time, you can do it with a game with beautiful graphics and an interface that’ll feel like switching from your dad’s Nokia 3310 to the newest iPhone.

This is the perfect alternative for those of you who want a uniquely fresh experience coming from RuneScape, and you can get just that on your PlayStation, Xbox, or PC.

4. Rift

Rift

Rift, Raft, GTFO – games with just four letters in their name seem to be blooming, and I’m all for it! In this game, Telara, the world you’ll be exploring, is under attack by these pesky interdimensional troublemakers called Rifts. These Rifts are like reality’s fashion faux pas (dreadful mistakes), tearing up the fabric of existence and letting all sorts of creepy creatures and chaos loose. Kinda like Thanos’ army coming to New York in the first Avengers movie!

In the middle of all this chaos, you’re the star of the show! As an Ascended hero, you’re chosen to protect Telara from these Rifts, and that’s where the fun kicks in. You get to choose your class, each with their own abilities, and these are coupled with the calling and soul system to tell you what you’re going to be doing! It sounds a bit complex but think of it as a family tree, and it starts to add up.

Rift and RuneScape both fall under the MMO umbrella, but they’ve got their own distinct flavors within it. I found that Rift offers a more traditional MMO experience with quests, dungeons, raids, and PvP content, and coming from RuneScape, it was actually a refreshing change! To try out Rift, you can download it on Android or PC.

5. Black Desert Online

Black Desert Online

This is one of those games where you spend two hours (at least) making your character, and you still feel like you rushed through some decisions! Character customization is awesome, and it’s certainly one of the best here, but Black Desert Online has a lot more to offer than that, too.

Straight away, the main similarity between this game and RuneScape is the fact that they’re both MMORPGs, and that’s about it. Black Desert Online is a game that focuses on siege-like missions, which means you’re gonna be grouping up and trying to take over a whole castle! There’s trading, farming, and the gameplay revolves around letting you be as free as you’d like in terms of movement.

This is seriously one of those games which you can get lost in for hours and hours on end, and you can do just that by getting it on PlayStation, Xbox PC, or even a Phone.

6. Stendhal

Stendhal

Stand all? No, no, Stendhal, this game is probably closer to RuneScape than the more modern titles we’ve discussed so far, and it does that in the best possible way! Whenever something is open-source, you can always rely on it to be everything the community wants, which makes Stendhal really great since it, too, is open-source.

The gameplay is super tuned in to what the community wants, but all of it still revolves around the MMORPG core that it started off with and will continue to do so. This means as many quests and dungeons and exploration as your heart could want, and then some!

If something about the modern aesthetic of current games turns you off, this game is the one for you with its classic graphics – available on PC (only, for now).

7. ArcheAge

ArcheAge

Ever felt like there should be some sort of judge in your games to judge who was the winner or who was cheating or just, you know, wanting some sort of law and order? Wish granted! ArcheAge has to be the only game I’ve ever played where there are actual in-game judicial courts that make sure no one is acting out of line (and if they are, it’s the last time).

Like Stendhal, the community has a ton of influence on this MMORPG as well, though that doesn’t really affect the game’s sandbox gameplay and the narrative. Compared to RuneScape, you’re here mostly just for the MMORPG experience, as the gameplay and art style (and a bunch more) are pretty different but still absolutely fun! To try it out, you can find ArcheAge on PC.

8. Eldevin

Eldevin

A browser-based title; how long has it been since you’ve seen one of these? Absolutely ages for me! Apart from taking me back to my childhood days, Eldevin, like RuneScape, incorporates various activities such as questing, combat, crafting, and player-versus-player interactions. Being an MMORPG is pretty much a requirement, but I liked that there’s a bunch of other stuff for RuneScape players to look forward to as well!

At 9 years old, this game is certainly no toddler in the world of gaming and has still managed to keep an active community over the years, which is a testament to how fun it is! There are a bunch of environments to explore and 14 whole possessions that you can learn and perfect over time, so you won’t be running out of content any time soon. To play Eldevin, you pretty much only need a basic computer – Windows or macOS.

9. EverQuest

EverQuest

This game may have gone over the radar of some early 2000s gamers, but it was a pretty big sensation in its time! As an MMORPG, it was a perfect alternative to RuneScape back then and remains one to this day, except it does it with a 3D engine. Now, it’s an old game, so don’t expect Horizon Zero Dawn levels of graphics, but the added immersion from a 3D perspective certainly won’t hurt.

As for gameplay, there’s the standard (but in-depth) character creation, embarking on all the quests and adventures, and trades you could want and hunting for the most valuable treasure out there. As for the community, the game had gone offline for a while, about a decade ago, but I’m happy to report that this game comes back stronger than a ’90s trend!

With an active community and tons of content to explore, you can try EverQuest on Windows, macOS, and, if you still have one, the Nintendo 64!

10. Wakfu

Wakfu

This game is as whacky and silly as the name sounds (is it just me or is it the sound someone makes when they spit?). Wakfu is an MMORPG developed by Ankama Games, and it offers a unique blend of tactical turn-based combat, vibrant anime-style graphics, and a rich fantasy world.

Yup, you read that right; it’s turn-based! Love it or hate it, this game is one of the best implementations of the mechanic, and I had a ton of fun with it throughout the time I played it. Plus, you’re going to be getting all the digital creature comforts in the form of a class system, ecosystems, and the impact you have on the world itself!

I also loved the freedom of the game; you can plant things, harvest them, or go for influencing whole political systems and economies! This is a game unique from any other out there, so if you’re looking for a new experience, you can try Wakfu on Android or PC.

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That’s all for this short little roundup of games like Runescape! Did you find your next favorite? Hopefully, there’s something for everyone in here because, wow, there is a lot of variety in this genre. Let me know what you think, and with that said, I’m signing off for now, and I’ll see you in the next one!

Danish Javed

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Danish Javed

Obsessed with everything from Rainbow Six Siege and Valorant to Dota 2 and Rocket League, Danish is a competitive gamer at heart. Committed to creating exciting content about the latest trends in gaming, he is always on the lookout for the next big thing. Learn More

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