Old School RuneScape

Old School RuneScape

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Relenle Jul 11, 2021 @ 8:22am
The difference between an OSRS and a RS3
I have been interested in the game for a long time, I decided to try it, but I can't understand what is the difference between these two versions, in addition to graphics, please explain
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rs3 is a way bigger game then OSRS it is the Original version that evolved over the year into something not many people like EOC (evolution of Combat) comes to mind that is something that OSRS does not use and still uses the standart combat system without skill and just special attacks that are weapon specific. OSRS is a backup of 2007 RS that got it`s own dev team and evolved into another game you rly need to look at the games as there own. If you have an old school membership or Rs3 membership then try the other game the differences should be clear as day. PS: RS3 so the runescape on steam got a pretty big cash shop so if you want to "look cool" you either need to buy something in the shop or make enough money to buy bonds and exchange them for Keys for the lootboxes (that also contain Fast lvl Ressources) that is something that OSRS does not have no micro-Transactions.
Last edited by Das Trojanische Pferd; Jul 11, 2021 @ 9:02am
DUKE NUKEM (Banned) Jul 11, 2021 @ 4:08pm 
rs3 went a different path, filled with mictrotransactions and is very pay to win. osrs has no microtransactions and an older combat system that many people found more enjoyable
RebelMouth Jul 11, 2021 @ 4:22pm 
Originally posted by DUKE NUKEM:
rs3 went a different path, filled with mictrotransactions and is very pay to win. osrs has no microtransactions and an older combat system that many people found more enjoyable
You say theres no microtransactions but i literally gave you a bond.

OSRS has microtransactions. Please stop knowingly spreading false information.
Last edited by RebelMouth; Jul 11, 2021 @ 4:23pm
Crazyc Jul 11, 2021 @ 11:31pm 
im willing to explain osrs 2 you
Friendly Jul 12, 2021 @ 5:31am 
The main difference is OSRS is "harder", it has a much more simplistic combat system and the grinds later on will be much longer and arduous. It is highly rewarding and satisfying if you can get behind that however, and it does have some really challenging content.

RS3 should be more casual/newb friendly and the grinds will be alot easier in general, xp is thrown at you left right and center. Whichever you choose there should be plenty to keep you busy for a long, long time... I've played OSRS for 4-5 years on and off and I never run out of things to do or goals to work towards.
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Tense Jul 12, 2021 @ 6:12am 
rs3 has a TON of microtransactions, from FOMO battlepasses, lootboxes with time limited cosmetics, Runemetrics (analytics) which requires bonds and xp earned through rng... it has alot of p2w elements but at the same time you can grind and do everything in the endgame without ever touching that stuff.

OSRS allows you to buy bonds and sell them for cash but that's about it.

They are both very different games rs3 has more skills, quests, better graphics and mechanics (btw u can play ironman mode which completely negates all the p2w aspects of the game) while osrs remains core to what made 07 amazing. Play either one that u prefer or even play both which is.
Phirestar Jul 12, 2021 @ 2:07pm 
RuneScape 3 generally prioritizes player convenience over intentional game design (sometimes to the detriment of the experience). RS3 is considered to be the much easier game, which in some aspects is true: things like run energy, teleportation, and inventory space aren't as limiting as they are compared to Old School. People will tell you that they've cut down on the grinding to endgame by adding so many forms of free, bonus experience to the game, which is true, but they very rarely mention is the fact that endgame in RS3 is constantly being extended. A new skill is added every couple of years, and over time the level cap for skills has been raised from 99 to 120, making it now require 8x as much total experience to reach max level in a newer skill as it did for older skills.

Unfortunately RS3 is also filled with microtransactions, which is the big criticism that you'll see thrown at it from the OSRS community. Nothing about the system makes the game unbearable to play if you're not spending money - they don't specifically change the game to accommodate the paying players, thankfully - but it is important to mention regardless, as I know that plenty of people will turn down a game immediately if it has microtransactions at all. There is a mode you can set your account to during character creation, called Ironman mode, which will disable the more pay2win parts of it (though you're still able to spend money on the cosmetics shop, I believe). Although I wouldn't necessarily recommend this mode to a first-time player, as Ironman is made to be more of a "challenge mode" feature for veteran players. To quickly summarize, in Ironman mode you're locked out of most gameplay-relevant interactions with other players, including trading, cooperative combat, minigames (some completely unavailable, while other simply lock certain rewards), and other things of that nature. The main thing you're giving up is trading, and that heavily alters the experience. You have to gather absolutely everything on your own, and that can make the game quite tough.


As for Old School RuneScape, it is the version based on an old build of the game from 2007, and sticks closely to the original style that the main game began to abandon from 2008 onward. Old School is a much slower game, and presses the player to be a lot more considerate about their actions. You have to put in more time and effort to grind up to the same point here that you could reach in RS3, and most of the people who play OSRS enjoy the game for that specific reason. That being said, not everyone shares that mentality, and this leads to the notion that Old School RuneScape is a "full-time job" to play. Whether or not that applies to you will determine if you want to play this version of the game.

The thing that OSRS lacks in is quality-of-life improvements. Despite the fact that it was relaunched as a "new" game in 2013, and has been continuously updated ever since, Old School RuneScape still very much feels like a game from the past. Video and Control options are still incredibly limited, with a lack of features like rebind-able camera controls, a locked render distance that is quite small, full screen mode, and so on. In order to get most or all of these features, you will have to download a third-party launcher like Runelite, and if you intend to play the game on Steam then you'll also need to look up a guide on how to set it up to run that launcher.


I feel that neither game is completely better than the other, and as a result I find it enjoyable to play both. One does some things better than the other, and vice-versa. In my opinion, Old School RuneScape is the more rewarding experience that incentivizes leveling skills a bit more, while RuneScape 3 is more engaging to play and less tiring in longer sessions. I can't tell you which game is right for you, only that I recommend giving both a try. But what I can say is that your account (on Steam, and separate accounts that you can make through the RS website) is tied to both games, and if the free-to-play version interests you enough to warrant paying for a subscription to access the members' content (which is absolutely worth it), your membership for one game will also grant membership on the other. It is a two-for-one deal: pay one $11 fee for a month of access to both games' full scope of content.
kingjames488 Jul 13, 2021 @ 2:31pm 
OSRS is classic... RS3 is all new and fraught with microtransactions and gimicky nonsense.
Nuclearism Jul 14, 2021 @ 5:35am 
People writting wall of spam text just to say RS3 is a ♥♥♥♥ microtransactions pay to win game, and OSRS is the biggest RWT game where you also absolutely must buy gold to compete if you are a normal human being that don't spend 15 hours online a day like most of this miserable community, apparently you have the same people still online ♥♥♥♥♥ 15 hours a day for years just to get a pixel max cape.

Do yourself a favor and don't even play this ♥♥♥♥♥♥ RWT P2W game. Fk you better off just starting Final Fantasy Online even ♥♥♥♥♥ WoW. Do not play this pile of ♥♥♥♥ regardless what other people are claiming this game is the biggest money and time waster you will ever see in your life. I swear to god it takes years to achieve anything. I'm not joking it literally takes months to years.
RebelMouth Jul 14, 2021 @ 11:52am 
Originally posted by Nuclearism:
People writting wall of spam text just to say RS3 is a ♥♥♥♥ microtransactions pay to win game, and OSRS is the biggest RWT game where you also absolutely must buy gold to compete if you are a normal human being that don't spend 15 hours online a day like most of this miserable community, apparently you have the same people still online ♥♥♥♥♥ 15 hours a day for years just to get a pixel max cape.

Do yourself a favor and don't even play this ♥♥♥♥♥♥ RWT P2W game. Fk you better off just starting Final Fantasy Online even ♥♥♥♥♥ WoW. Do not play this pile of ♥♥♥♥ regardless what other people are claiming this game is the biggest money and time waster you will ever see in your life. I swear to god it takes years to achieve anything. I'm not joking it literally takes months to years.
You're not wrong, even if this post is going to get nuked by a mod somewhere.

OSRS is just a poor value in 2021
Friendly Jul 14, 2021 @ 2:08pm 
Originally posted by Nuclearism:
People writting wall of spam text just to say RS3 is a ♥♥♥♥ microtransactions pay to win game, and OSRS is the biggest RWT game where you also absolutely must buy gold to compete if you are a normal human being that don't spend 15 hours online a day like most of this miserable community, apparently you have the same people still online ♥♥♥♥♥ 15 hours a day for years just to get a pixel max cape.

Do yourself a favor and don't even play this ♥♥♥♥♥♥ RWT P2W game. Fk you better off just starting Final Fantasy Online even ♥♥♥♥♥ WoW. Do not play this pile of ♥♥♥♥ regardless what other people are claiming this game is the biggest money and time waster you will ever see in your life. I swear to god it takes years to achieve anything. I'm not joking it literally takes months to years.

Yes it is a big time sink... I don't see the problem with that. If you don't want to commit alot of time there are plenty of other games that don't require that, it's simple lol
well if the pay money to get somewhere turns you of there is always ironman mode but thats just Runescape singelplayer
Originally posted by Tommy Wiseau:
Originally posted by Troja:
well if the pay money to get somewhere turns you of there is always ironman mode but thats just Runescape singelplayer
Its hardly singleplayer. Runescape singleplayer would actually be pretty cool having to get all "good" drops from bosses with vendors only going up to dragon gear. And no economy to ruin the prices on everything but they would have to majorly increase the xp rates, dont wanna grind for months to reach max stat for combat skills
do you know what ironman mode is? it is exactly that no trading you need to get everything yourself.
The Commendatore Jul 18, 2021 @ 4:56am 
Originally posted by Troja:
Originally posted by Tommy Wiseau:
Its hardly singleplayer. Runescape singleplayer would actually be pretty cool having to get all "good" drops from bosses with vendors only going up to dragon gear. And no economy to ruin the prices on everything but they would have to majorly increase the xp rates, dont wanna grind for months to reach max stat for combat skills
do you know what ironman mode is? it is exactly that no trading you need to get everything yourself.
Tommy doesn't even play OSRS.
Originally posted by The Commendatore:
Originally posted by Troja:
do you know what ironman mode is? it is exactly that no trading you need to get everything yourself.
Tommy doesn't even play OSRS.
how do you know? you dont need the game on steam to post here. i just have it to have my runelite playtime logged on steam.
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