I believe the most significant difference is how you view Runescape. Before I had wealth that was my whole aim. When I play, I've purchased everything that is buyable, there are not any items I need etc and initially I didn't want to OSRS Gold play with anymore. I felt I'd achieved everything there was (no comp cape since, eww, skills) and amassing honestly is not that fun for me personally.
HOWEVER, now I have a lot more enjoyable playing. If I like a boss I will destroy it, even when profit is garbage. If I like an expensive skill (I love herblore) I can do it, and it doesn't even matter when I play economically. Wealth on RS is very much like wealth irl. The thing you purchase is time. You no longer have to manager your own time so that you can afford to buy or do particular things, you have to spend your time doing things you like, whatever the price, and that is really very pleasurable.
Existential crisis time, merching makes an absurd quantity of money and I am not interested in rares so that really lowers the bar for running out of things to buy. Not there yet but likely will not take long. Guess I will go comp and perform logs just like everyone else is doing. I feel you. I'm finally going to max and then comp because I've simply purchased everything I care about and having rares for no other motive than to earn more money I do nothing with nearly murdered Runescape for me personally.
Returning to runescape. How great is it? What are the differences?
I haven't played in a very long time. I quit right after the grand exchange was inserted. I lost interest and burnt out on it. I have a few questions. Back when I played with, you didn't actually need a membership until about level 45 (I think), is that still true? Can this wilderness where pvp happens?
Btw yes RS3 is more of a pvm game than pvp. Because no one wants to hazard more valued items that took them 15 hours to get from a 28, so pvp in this game is rather dead. If nostalgia or pvp articles is I'd recommend OSRS. If however, you're open to the new changes in this sport or if u fancy lore, updated/modernized gameplay vs the infamous old runescape skill grinds then RS3 is Runescape for one to stay.
If you really enjoy the PVP and the nostalgic feel of this 2007 style Runescape system, I'd say go with OSRS. You like the EOC system personally and if quests and PVM are more significant for you, I'd say RS3 might be the better option for you. You may also swap into the legacy system in RS3. I swap once I get tired of RS3 and play with OSRS and then I continue playing RS3, if that gets boring. People who argue to be superior are delusional. They waste time but in the end of the day, everyone constantly will have their own preferences and opinions. Don't get sucked into it and play any version of Runescape, so you can choose for yourself, which variant you prefer.
The upsidedown, is RS3 has much more going for it up to endgame goes, and also the road getting there is easier in comparison with old school rs. Unfortunately, microtransactions have entered Runescape in such a way that trivializes training particular bothersome abilities, as you can basically purchase your way to 99/120. If microtransactions receive your platelegs / skirt at a twist, you could always play Ironman mode where there's no option for purchasing your way into some 99, but you also can't trade with players. Overall the reason I do not play old school, is because I have sunk almost 10,000 hours in this match already. I don't feel like doing it just for the nostalgia.