User review spotlight: Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar (DOS)
Ryu and Nina in the opening animation
Ryu can shift into a dragon during the battle
Short cinematic during the battle appears whenever you shift into a dragon, either as Ryu or Fou Lu
You simultaneously play two stories, the one of Ryu, and the other of the first emperor Fou Lu
Some of your characters have special abilities while in exploring mode. Nina, for example, can fly up to scout the map
The first in-game cutscene shows Nina and Cray searching for an important person...
Main in-game menu with skills displayed
The isometric perspective makes most rooms seem rather small
Traveling on the world map
Camp screen. Talk to characters, eat some Dongbei-style skewers... you know... the usual thing
Character sheet. This here is Ursula, one of your more interesting companions
Look at that, what a lovely bridge!..
Many points on the map are supposed to be places of interest. However, all I can see here are some animals in a field...
A busy market street in one of the towns in the southern part of the large continent
Even some urban locations may contain random battles!
Battle against a cyclops, a recurrent regular enemy with obscene amount of HP. Displaying the principal battle menu
Running in progress - a mountain path
This is not what I call an exciting dungeon. It's basically a long, narrow cave with way too much black empty space
Do these symbols mean something?..
Ryu's dragon attacks are all-out 3D eye-candy animations, just like in contemporary Final Fantasies. This here is Rainstorm!..
Battle in a beautiful forest area. The enemy just got damaged - look how proud Ryu looks!
A peaceful rural area. Lovely, indeed!..
Battle in a rocky area. The enemy casts a spell on us! What insolence!..
This is Mud Flow - a combined super-attack courtesy of Ryu. Here you can see the final segment of the animation, with the actual enemies present
Even though Ryu steals the show with his super-duper dragon stuff it doesn't mean other characters are useless. Here, Ursula casts some cool ice on this large insect
The colorful village of Pauk in the Zhinga region. Note all those animals!
A busy regular room in one of the many towns. Note the highlighted words during NPC dialogue
The fishing mini-game is back with a vengeance!..
I climbed all the way to the top of this tower only to see I can't turn my camera here!..
Fire spell effects! What's the matter, guys, can't take all that heat?..
Ruins dungeon with ladders and treasure chests
Another day, another gorgeous attack - this time, it's Flood Tide. Can you top that, Shiva and Bahamut?..
Shopping interface - one of the many, many shops in the game
Many towns in the game have a distinct Chinese vibe
An impressively-looking enemy attacks in a green area!..
Cliffs and ancient pillars...
The jumping is non-interactive, but at least there are a few such "hotspots"
Too much vodka-tonic yesterday, huh?.. This cyclone spell surely packs a punch!.
Broken vases, vegetation on the walls... this ancient tomb has seen better times
I just want to relax, take a break from the game...
Chiqua - a colorful, original town on a lake
Those guys look surprised that Cray can actually attack physically!
The northern part of the continent has a few such boat-oriented villages
You know there is hope for ever finishing this super-long game if dungeons begin to have more abstract styles
Windows title screen
Intro video showing the main character, Ryu
Intro video showing Nina, the princess from previous games in the series
Intro video showing one of the dragons in the game
Intro video showing three of the characters in the game
Name your main character... all other characters cannot be named
A dragon is chasing you!! You better hurry!
Nina finds herself in a crater and sees a dragon appear in front of her... look at her shake...
You better put some clothes on!! She's a princess!
Fou-Lu, the first Emperor has awoken...
Fou-Lu can change into a dragon during battle
Here's one of Fou-Lu's attacks (part 1)
Fou-Lu's attack (part 2)... what power!
Your main character, Ryu, can also change into dragons
That's a huge fish! Lots of damage done to it, but it's still flying...
After you meet the fairies, you can build a town with them...set your building types and who does what
Each fairy has stats including age, type (ordinary, odd, diligent, etc), endurance, etc.
Your camp is where you rest and save if you're not in a town
Here you can see the map of the world where you move between places of interest
Handle your characters here
Each character has stats... your main character also shows what dragons he can turn into
For all other characters, you see game stats on their character sheets
Besides turning into a dragon, you can use spells from other dragons as shown here
Now that is a monster! Not only is he powerful, he heals over 1000hp each round automatically!
Fishing in the game is a lot of fun and there are many kinds of fish to catch... use them or trade them for great items and stamps
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