Not so much, but still a lot of love, for the audio. What I mean is, the voice acting is gorgeous. The actors are well-chosen, and really bring depth and personality to their characters. It's just that, between graphics or voice acting, I'd rate the graphics as having more impact on long-term game play than the voice. Particularly since new voice-acting content is mainly restricted to quests, which we only do once.
|Being a Zamorak Wizard has never been so awesome!|
The quest begins with Ariane still at the bottom level of the old tower, underground. She's been studying, and asks for your help. She's smart enough not to go poking around without someone around for backup. But she's not smart enough to properly research and prepare before casting her spell. Before you can say 'abracadabra', she's stuck in the beam of light, like an insect trapped in amber.
Surprises and betrayals, some minor puzzles, and one undercover bad guy are all part of Rune Memories. You'll learn much of the history, in a way that tells an engaging story.
The puzzles are mainly easy, but if you don't want to solve them yourself, the answers are available at the quest Wiki page. I like the cutscenes with the dramatic closeups. Runescape has improved graphically to the point that cinematic breaks help move the story forward in an attractive manner.
The experience? Blah. Very beginner level. The 2 free SOF spins? Fair enough. But the cool part? Wizard Sedridor's personal rune essence chest. You can get a windfall of free pure essence runes from it, and the higher your level, the more you get. At 99 Runecrafting, it gave me 24,750 pure essence. Sold for well over 1 million gold. Now THAT's what I call a reward!
There's also 10,000 exp in magic or prayer if you talk to the trapped demon after the quest. Give him a drop of blood, you get magic exp. Refuse, you get prayer exp. That's decent.
One last reward, and my personal favorite: If you have 99 Magic and 99 Runecrafting, Sedridor will bestow the title of Archmage upon you. Now that's a cool title. I haven't been called archmage since the mid 1980's when I played Bard's Tale!
All told, Rune Memories is a great story, a good low-level quest, with some extremely nice higher-level rewards.