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Pagan: Ultima VIII (DOS)

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Written by  :  Mirrorshades2k (273)
Written on  :  Jun 28, 2000
Platform  :  DOS

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Summary

A big stretch, and a big departure from the previous Ultimas.

The Good

The graphics and sound are very good, and the mouse interface is fairly easy to learn and use for character control.

The Bad

It's almost nothing like all the other Ultimas. In fact, if you call it something else ("Land of Pagan", for example) and name the hero something else ("Gunther" instead of "Avatar"), you'd never know it was made to be an Ultima.

Also, combat is kind of tricky since it's real-time and mouse controlled. You can swing your weapon (normally used), or kick your opponent. Kicking is rather silly, I think, and contributes to the "Super Mario Brothers" feel of the game.

The Bottom Line

All the jumping and kicking aside, this is still an okay game to play. However, I think you'll like the other Ultimas better.