6 Best MMORPG Like RuneScape

If you are an avid MMORPG gamer who likes to play the game RuneScape, you may want to know if there are other games similar to this classic MMORPG.

There are many options of popular online games that you can play that are similar to RuneScape and that fans of RuneScape will enjoy.

However, when looking at which online game to play next, it is essential to know what you are looking for and how similar it is to RuneScape.

6. Albion Online

Albion Online is a popular fantasy MMORPG which released in 2017 and has boasted a large number of active players ever since its release. There are many features in Albion Online that are appealing to the large player base, such as having intense PVP action, a player-driven economy, player housing, extensive character customization, and an open world. Players also have the option of being able to play wherever they are as Albion Online is cross-platform and available for both PCs and mobile phones.

Albion Online is similar to RuneScape in its fantasy-like setting and also how it featured a skill-based progression system. There are a lot of similarities between it and RuneScape and fans of RuneScape will definitely enjoy this game.

Both games are quite similar in terms of how they play but the best way to describe how these 2 games compare is that RuneScape is PvE/Story focused, with a bit of PvP. Albion Online is more PvP-heavy which enhances PvE, which also enhances PvP.

Pros

Player-driven economy
Player housing and guilds can own territory
Cross-platform
The animations are very well done as well as the sounds and the environments

Cons

Dungeons can be repetitive
You need to spend a lot of time in PVP zones in order to get higher-tier resources

5. Legends of Aria (Britaria)

Legends of Aria, now renamed to Britaria is an MMORPG that captures a nostalgic feeling for those who have played the MMO genre for a long period of time.

Initially named Shards Online before changing to Legends of Aria, and now again being renamed Britaria, the game was founded by the lead developer of the ever-popular MMORPG Ultima Online and released back in 2020.

Legends of Aria takes pride in being a ‘true’ skill-based MMORPG where you can build your character based on 32 skills in any way you see fit.

This game is designed to be fully modded making the sandbox MMORPG idea shine through. You can add new gameplay rules, custom content, and even entirely new worlds.

Fans of either Ultima Online or RuneScape will definitely enjoy playing this MMO.

Pros

The character development carries a lot of weight
Creates opportunities for the community
Has mod support
Supports player-run servers

Cons

Has a lack of direction
Doesn’t have a focused narrative and level of experience
After rebranding, it is becoming a crypto game

4. EverQuest

Released in 1999, EverQuest is an old-school fantasy MMORPG that has captured the hearts of many MMO fans. EverQuest is similar to many other old-school MMO games where there is a massive world that your character can explore.

Back in the day, most people would either choose EverQuest or RuneScape to play, however, RuneScape was and still is the more popular MMORPG.

MMO players will enjoy this game a lot as it is but the developers are constantly releasing new content to make the game more enjoyable for its players. The dedicated fanbase gets access to many new features through betas and has the ability to have input and help make the game better.

Pros

Lots of new content
Strong player base
Constantly being expanded

Cons

High learning curve

3. Eldevin

Top-down, Old-School graphics, and simple looking, yet difficult combat. What more can you want?

Eldevin is an old MMORPG that has a semi-small player base. It is similar to RuneScape in many ways, such as having a fantasy setting, dungeons to explore, and skill-based progression. Eldevin also boasts a rich storyline, engaging PVP, and real-time combat.

Fans of RuneScape tend to try out Eldevin, although the lack of a large player base makes it a bit more difficult to play, if you are willing to get past that, it is definitely worth playing.

Pros

Story-driven
Diverse realms to explore
Unique skill system
Lots of options for how to build your character
Real-time combat system
Your decisions and actions will affect future encounters

Cons

Small player base
Raids and group battles are difficult

2. Tibia

Tibia is one of the oldest MMOs still running and is one of the classic MMORPGs that just keep on giving.

Tibia has had a loyal player base over these many years that is still strong today. Old-school RuneScape fans should give Tibia a try as it maintains that old-school MMO feeling and features a lot of similar elements seen in RuneScape as well.

It is similar to RuneScape in many ways, such as being able to keep a dedicated player base but it also has optional PVP and Guild Wars which RuneScape fans may enjoy. There is hardcore PVP which is enjoyed by the majority of the community.

Pros

Insanely addictive with fun classes to play
Lots of updates
Easy to understand, difficult to master

Cons

Quite brutal with XP loss on death
High learning curve

1. Ultima Online

Most MMO fans have heard or seen something about Ultima Online before.

Ultima Online has been featured in the Guinness World Records a few times, one being that it was the first MMO to reach 100,000 players. There is also quite an interesting record of just one player that managed to assassinate Lord British who is famously known to be invincible.

Ultima Online is a complex MMO that has a similar sense to RuneScape. There is player housing, a skill-based progression system with no classes, and unrestricted PvP. The PvP is difficult but rewarding to those who put in the time and effort.

You can get started for free as the game went free to play back in 2018 and there is a constant stream of updates to keep you entertained.

Fans of difficult MMOs that are not oversimplified like the current most popular MMORPGs would enjoy UO for sure.

If you are looking for a nice RuneScape alternative, this may be the game for you, although Veterans of the game tend to show no remorse for new players.

Pros

Open-ended skill system
Player housing
Large vast world

Cons

Clunky UI
Lots of grinding is necessary
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Article by Jake

Hey I'm Jake! Writer for various gaming and technology blogs. I also enjoy a little bit of golf in my free time as well as gaming. I really enjoy competitive games and I hate to admit it, but I have really been enjoying Wild Rift on my phone as I get the League experience without the rage. Usually you'll find me on Steam though exploring the many competitive options out there, whether that is a Battle Royale game or a MOBA game.