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Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny (Atari ST)

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1991-92 Origin Product Catalog:
    ULTIMA: WARRIORS OF DESTINY (NES)
  • Choose from Nine unique characters with whom to travel in your party
  • Hundreds of characters with whom to interact, including Shamino, Dupre & Iolo
  • Over 100 hours of game play
  • Real role-playing at its best

    Contributed by Jeanne (75603) on Oct 11, 2002.

1991-92 Origin Product Catalog:
    ULTIMA V – WARRIORS OF DESTINY
    LEAD THE SEARCH FOR LORD BRITISH

    Lord British, benevolent sovereign of Britannia, has been lost on an expedition to explore the newly-discovered Underworld. The once-loyal Blackthorn has assumed the throne and imposed martial law to keep the peace. But he is soon seduced by power and becomes a tyrannical dictator, aided by shadowy lords of evil from another age. Only you, the Avatar of Legend, can save the True King and end Blackthorn’s reign of terror!

  • Exploit the powerful combat system – watch your axes fly and your arrows soar.

  • Weave spells to conjure demons, call forth rushing winds of flame or become invisible.

  • See murmuring fountains, ticking clocks and lighthouses that cut swaths of light through the night.

  • Explore over 30 multi-level villages, towns, castles and keeps, some with as many as five levels.

    ”NOTE: Each Ultima game can be played separately and in any order. No previous experience necessary."

    Contributed by Jeanne (75603) on Oct 07, 2002.

From back of box:
    Enter the realm of Britannia: a world rich in history, adventure, and intrigue. Lord British, the benevolent ruler of Britannia, has been lost on an expedition to explore the vast reaches of a newly discovered underworld. Panic erupts in Britannia when the sole survivor of the expedition returns with dread tales of their fate.

    To restore peace, the trusted but ambitious subject, Blackthorne seizes control of Britannia. His fanatical devotion to order ultimately transforms him into a self-righteous tyrant. Now, Britannia's destiny depends on your ability to discover the fate of Lord British and to unseat the merciless Blackthorn.

    Highlights of Ultima V


    Powerful new combat system


    • Watch your axes fly and your arrows soar, with detailed animated graphics.
    • Weave spells to conjure daemons, call forth rushing winds of flame, or become invisible to the enemy.
    • Employ more sophisticated combat strategies as your experience -- and the challenge -- increases.


    Unprecedented variety and detail

    • Over twice the graphic detail, animation and sound effects of earlier games, with murmuring fountains, ticking clocks and lighthouses that cut swaths of light through the night.
    • Over 30 multi-level villages, towns, castles and keeps to explore, some with as many as five levels.
    • A vast new underworld, equal in size to Britannia and populated by a host of shadowy creatures never known before.


    Realistic, Living World

    • Townsfolk and villagers go about their daily activities of working, eating and sleeping according to their own individual schedules.
    • The sun and twin moons rise and set while within the fortified towns and castles drawbridges raise and portcullises drop to protect the inhabitants at night.
    • Carry on sophisticated, life-like conversations, buy, sell or trade with hundreds of people throughout the Realm.


    More than two years in the making, Warriors of Destiny sets the new standard for the role-playing genre. No other game can offer you as beautifully detailed a world or as exciting an adventure. Ultima V is the game for all role-playing gamers; Warriors of Destiny will enchant the novice and challenge the expert.

    Contributed by Belboz (6513) on Apr 14, 2001.

Advertisement in Computer Gaming World, December 1987:
    The wait is over... but the excitement has just begun.

    More than two years in the making, Warriors of Destiny sets the new standard for role-playing games. No other game can offer you as beautifully detailed a world or as exciting an adventure. Ultima V is the game for all role-playing gamers: Warriors of Destiny will enchant the novice and challenge the expert.

    Highlights of Ultima V

    • Powerful new combat and magic systems, increasing in sophistication as your skill increases.
    • Over twice the graphic detail, animation and sound effects of earlier games.
    • Hundreds of truly life-like people who can carry on complex conversations and interactions with you.

    Contributed by Belboz (6513) on Apr 11, 2001.

Unknown Source:
    The acquisition of the Codex of Ultimate Wisdom created a karmic imbalance in the universe, resulting in the emergence of three sinister Shadowlords from the shards of the black jewel of Mondain. Their trickery and deceit allowed them to imprison Lord British in their underworld dungeon and compelled the leaders of Britannia to oppress the people. The once noble Lord Blackthorn became the human agent who fulfilled their evil intent. (from the Ultima Collection)

    Contributed by George Shannon (100) on Jan 28, 2000.