What did manage that (I begrudgingly admit) was the number and caliber of quests to be completed in RS gold. Quests are everywhere, and each is its own foray to a very small fragment of Runescape lore.
Runescape’s tone is joyously mild, and with fewer level cap hurdles to leap over you are free to embrace and explore it without submitting to the grind. Which is great, because Runescape’s quests haven’t really required one to use skills other than combat, and have generally incorporated puzzles or interactive components that have more in common with old school point-and-click adventure games than dream questing.
Areas that used to be empty are brimming with NPCs, quests and tales. Every inch of the planet has been full of, or sometimes expanded, so as to incorporate all the characters, enemies and features that Jagex have been busy stuffing into the game for buy OSRS gold the last decade. The fact that Runescape is an online game is currently a bonus as opposed to its primary attraction. Jagex could take their match entirely offline and it would still be worth playing.