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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Runescape: Graphic Update to Amour and Gnomes

It looks much better while you're spinning around and changing angles
 Yesterday marked the graphic update to much of Runescapes armour, plus the gnomes.  This is the first of the promised changes for March.  The others comprise new teleports to major towns, a Bonus Experience Weekend, and a Morytania Task Set.  (Other stuff too, but these are the ones I'm looking forward to!)

As far as the graphic update goes, it's a bit of a mixed bag.  Overall, I do like the changes.  Some, though, could have been a bit better.  I speak particularly to Rune Armour, which now looks a little... baggy.

In the main, the changes were for the better.  The Dragonfire Shield is especially excellent, making use of lighting effects to "glow" the dragon-mouth on the face.

The Bandos set, and the Armadyll set, are both huge improvements.  Now when I wear them, it doesn't look like a dress.  They look more appropriate to 'manly' men's wear   :^)

The Black Dragonhide looks excellent.  Monique thinks that since it looks so much more complex, we ought to get more crafting exp for making it now.  Not sure that follows, but heck, she'd a lot higher than me in Crafting, I'm all for anything that makes the game more fun!

Not too impressed with the Varrock Armour.  It's not bad, but I think I liked the original design better.  The Full Slayer Helm is fabulous - If you've ever seen the old Anime series, "The Guyver", the new Slayer Helm reminds me of the Guyver.  Especially with that blue gem glowing in the middle of the forehead.

When you stop to think about all the work involved, the graphic update becomes very impressive.  It's not like they simply drew a new design and slapped it on.  Many of the new designs involve re-worked 3-d shapes, and have to be modeled to move through each and every frame a player is likely to be in.  That's a lot of hard labor, and mistakes are all too easy to make.  Remember the old 'flesh-colored post' on the flying carpet?  It extended well below the carpet, and looked extremely bad.  If I remember right, we used to sit down, until then.  I guess they couldn't figure out a fix, so changed the character to stand instead of sit.  Or maybe the timing was just coincidental. 

I'm completely blown away by the Gnome updates, though.  The characters finally look believable, now that they no longer have the super-wide frog mouths.  And the view from on top of the Grand Tree is just amazing.  Really worth the trip.  The subtle changes, the rich colors, and complex lighting are visible all the way from the top to the ground.  Nice place to lay out a blanket and have a picnic.

Overall, the upgrade was a positive step by Jagex.  Keeping Runescape attractive is important, and as computers become more and more capable, the improvements need to keep pace.  This latest effort might not be perfect, but represents the commitment Jagex has to keeping Runescape current.

For me, the one single best improvement was the Dragonfire Shield.  My least favorite?  I'm going to cheat, and go a week or two further back... I hated when they changed Baby Jad!

What was your favorite change?  How about the one you hated the most?


Anonymous said...

I haven't been able to log on and see the updates yet but I'm excited for some new updates. I like armor updates but i would like to see similarities to the old armor. I like the old Runescape armor but as long as its for the better i wouldn't mind seeing improvements.

Anonymous said...

Personally,I really liked the armadyl update. The armour looks so much more fierce and well-put together imo.

My least favorite was the rune and dragon updates. I feel like rune armour was just too symbolic to runescape to change so drastically. Same goes to dragon, especially the dragon chain. I guess it'll just take getting use to.

On the side note, I really wished jagex would have updated the new fight kiln cape to have some purple glowing aura of some sort to make it look even nicer for what a great achievement it is. Best of luck in that attempt!

Crewman6 said...

I agree, the Armadyl looks awesome, but the rune didn't. Did like the dragon. Like you, I've been hoping for a major improvement to the Fight Kiln cape. Some kind of animation, a smoke trail, a glowing pattern, something to make it stand out better.

Thanks for commenting!

Crewman6 said...

To the March 7th post: My apologies, Blogger thought it was spam for some reason, I just now found your post.
As far as the updates, you're right- when it's an improvement, all is well, but when they mess it up, I'm not so happy. Fortunately, I liked most of the armour update.
Thanks for posting! Sorry for the very late reply!