RoLI just started playing new runescape can someone tell me the disadvantages and advantages to playing the oldschool over new?
Honest as I can be:
The biggest differences are: graphics/aesthetics, speed of level gains, EOC, microtransactions, and style/amount of new content/quests.
RS3 has better graphical capabilities (OSRS can only run off a single CPU core because that's what machines were at the time the engine was written), but has questionable aesthetics that really put me off.
RS3 has substantially faster experience rates, but old school makes you feel like your accomplishments mean more. Also, the community ensures that xp rates don't suddenly get doubled, devaluing the work that you have put in.
RS3 has an entirely different combat system that is closer to modern MMOs. However, while it has much greater breadth, it's mostly just "use these abilities when they get off cooldown" and less depth of combining a few key creative uses of a few mechanics like old school has.
RS3 is riddled with microtransactions. Old school does have bonds (pay $6 for something worth 14 days of membership that can be traded between players), but that's it. This means that your achievements had to be earned, not bought, and other players will know that.
RS3 has more quests and has storylines that will not be completed in OSRS for several years at a minimum. However, with the advent of the sixth age, older quests are in a weird anachronistic stage that doesn't make too much sense. It also has the player be the "world guardian" instead of just an adventurer who can forge their own path.
Take all those how you will. However, the dealbreaker for me was that everything in RS3 is named and positioned similarly to what I remember, but it's just different enough to be obnoxious. It's as if every stat in TF2 were slightly changed and mirrored versions of all the maps you're used to were now the norm.
Just my two cents.
Unrelatedly, I've made a UIM for the purpose of completing easy treasure trail sets. Almost done with prep stuff.