User review spotlight: Carmageddon (DOS). Released in 1997.

Ultima IX: Ascension (Windows)

71
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.8
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

Am I the only Ultima fan who loves this game? אולג 小奥 (171665) 4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars
Everything you've heard about its beautiful aesthetics is true Donn Thomson (4) unrated
Sucks to be you Avatar! Zovni (9350) 2.14 Stars2.14 Stars2.14 Stars2.14 Stars2.14 Stars
Extremely bug-ridden game but its actually quite fun! cimerians (48) 3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars
Once again, we see the genius of Lord British, the master storyteller. Jeanne (75601) 4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars
Ahead of it's time, for good and bad. tino rossi (2) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
Ultima IX: growing stronger in 2001: Review update frank rieter (136) 4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars
Rushed? Half-Assed? Too Ambitious? Disappointing. tantoedge (20) 2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars
George gives a blank stare at U9 box, CDs, and materials George Shannon (100) 2.29 Stars2.29 Stars2.29 Stars2.29 Stars2.29 Stars
Well seeing as I could hardly even play it... Sam Tinianow (98) unrated

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.5
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.0
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.5
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.9
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.3
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.8
Overall MobyScore (136 votes) 3.8


The Press Says

MobyRanks are listed below. You can read here for more information about MobyRank.
100
Game.EXE
Законный вопрос "Что ставить?" повисает в воздухе. Может ли утеря доброй половины уникальных, характерных только для серии Ultima деталей геймплея быть возмешена внешним лоском игры? Здесь Ascension сверкает. Озвучку делали злобнейшие профессионалы, талантливейшие актёры. Пять баллов. Просто вспомнив о графике, ощущаешь непобедимое желание включить компьютер и пройти ещё немножко "Ультимы". Музыка на уровне. Сюжет крепок, но нежен - как памперс младенца. Технологически Ascension нет равных. Решено! Оценки получает не Ultima 9, а некая Ascention от фирмы Origin. Игра серии Ultima, обладая вышеперечисленными изъянами, не имеет права на стол высокий балл. Никому не известная Ascension более чем заслужила триумфа.
95
Gamezilla
Despite my personal issues with some of the game's magical components, these are standard fare with the genre, and any criticism of mine will likely be taken with a grain of salt. This game is targeted at role-players, and role-players generally expect and even appreciate the level of accuracy that this latest incarnation of Ultima puts forth. If you're a fan of the series, you've probably bought it already. If you're looking for a good fantasy game, you'll enjoy this one. I personally can't recommend it (due to my aforementioned reservations), but I can truthfully say I am amazed and even awestruck at the depth of gameplay, storyline, and technological advancement that this game embodies.
92
GameStar (Germany)
Ultima 9 ist nicht nur das beste Rollenspiel seit langer Zeit, sondern auch richtungsweisend für andere Genres: Wieso kann ich bei 3D-Actionspielen mit kaum einem Grafikobjekt etwas anfangen? Wieso beschränken sich die meisten Action-Adventures auf unbelebte Level-Karten? Erst wer in Ultima von einem Schiff springt, durch eine überflutete Höhle taucht, auf der anderen Seite den Berg erklimmt und dann ins Abendrot schaut, erkennt die tatsächlichen Fähigkeiten einer modernen 3D-Engine. Das führt zu einer fantastischen Spielwelt - dabei dachte ich immer, nur Voxelgrafik könne Terrain "echt" darstellen. Doch U9 erschafft aus schön bemalten Polygonen glaubwürdige Gebirge, Höhlen, Siedlungen. Vor allem sieht jede Stadt, jeder Dungeon, jede Region anders aus. Und wer erst mit dem Schiff unterwegs ist und die Inseln aus der Vogelperspektive sieht...
90
Game Over Online
Ultima IX: Ascension has been well worth the wait and I hope that all questions will be answered once the game has been conquered. Richard Garriot is less of a creator of games as he is a creator of worlds. What has always drawn me to RPGs again and again have been the intricate storylines and dialogue that stir emotions while the story unfolds. For this reason, it saddens me to see less effort being put into this genre than into the more popular FPS or RTS style games. Though I’m not knocking those genres, they are rather plentiful on the market whereas Ultima IX may be the only good PC RPG since the port of Final Fantasy VII. My hat goes off to those who spin such intricate tales for our imaginations to consume.
87
PC Joker
Der schwierigste Test meines Lebens, Ascension bescherte mir emotionale Wechselbäder ungeahnter Intensität! Die sprachlose Bewunderung angesichts der Pracht eines Sonnenaufgangs oder der ungestümen Kraft eines Gewitters wich Sekunden später regelmäßig frustrierter Ratlosigkeit — ausgelöst durch einen Bug oder die oft hakelige Steuerung. Warum also trotzdem ein Hit? Weil hier das Hauptkriterium für diese Auszeichnung greift wie selten zuvor: Das Spiel fasziniert einfach, macht süchtig, raubt stellenweise gar den Atem. Es erfordert aber auch viel Geduld von Abenteurern ohne Highend-Rechner mit aktueller 3dfx-Karte. Und die investiert man am besten in die Wartezeit auf mindestens den fünften Patch. Bis dahin sind auch die Hardwarepreise wieder gefallen...
85
PC Games (Germany)
Das Finale seiner Heldensaga setzt Richard Garriot ein Denkmal als Designer und Märchenerzähler. Gewaltig, triumphal, bei weitem allerdings nicht makellos. In den vollen Genuss kommen bislang nur stolze Besitzer von Eliterechnern. Selten zuvor kam unserem Testcenter eine Ähnlich große Bedeutung zu.
83
Power Unlimited
Het loopt nog steeds niet als een zonnetje op medium PC's, maar met een vette bak kom je een eind. Belangrijker: Ultima IX brengt met dit deel de King's Quest's fans en de RPG-liefhebbers op sublieme wijze samen.
80
Absolute Games (AG.ru)
Все идет по пути упрощения, и сериал Ultima — не исключение. Поэтому старым фанатам 9-я часть может не понравиться. Тем не менее, она может привлечь к себе новых, незнакомых с предыдущими частями игроков. Разработчики проделали гигантскую работу, и получилась у них в финале никакая не ларакрофт, не 3D-action/adventure, чего опасались многие, а самая что ни на есть 3D RPG. Да, Аватар теперь умеет бегать, прыгать, и карабкаться на уступы, и на этом основаны некоторые ключевые моменты прохождения. Но, по-моему, это не превратило игру в аркаду. Лишним доказательством служит отсутствие в игре мультиплеера. Между прочим, Ultima Online 2, по слухам, будет делаться именно на этом движке.
80
PC Gamer
How can a game be so flawed, yet so brilliant? The long-awaited next title in Origin's Ultima series is the answer.
79
PC Player (Germany)
Wäre Ultima 9 von einem neuen Team gekommen, dann würde ich jetzt anerkennender klingen. Von einem alten Meister erwarte ich aber mehr als ein bestenfalls zu 90% fertiges Programm, das wahrscheinlich auch in einem halben Jahr noch nicht fehlerfrei laufen wird, selbst wenn man Weltmeister im Patch-Entwickeln sein sollte. Das Aufspringen auf den Action-Adventure-Zug vergrämt mich zusätzlich. Hatte Garriot nicht feierlich versprochen, die Fehler des achten Teil nicht zu wiederholen? Diesem Versprechen ist er nur halbherzig nachgekommen. Die Zeiten der richtigen Ultimas sind tatsächlich ein für allemal vorbei.
76
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
De storm van kritiek die op deze laatste aflevering in de Ultima-reeks terechtkwam, betrof hoofdzakelijk technische elementen. Jammer, want het spel zelf blijft ijzersterk.
76
Privat Computer PC
For mig er Ultima VII - The Black Gate stadig det bedste spil i serien, men kan man glemme fortiden og har hardwaren til det, er Ultima IX et udmærket spil.
75
Power Play
An diesem Spiel scheiden sich die Geister: Man wird es lieben oder hassen. Aber eines ist klar, nach den fünf Jahren Entwicklungszeit und den vollmundigen Ankündigungen ist Ultima IX Ascension eher eine Enttäuschung, aber kein Meilenstein.
74
Gamer's Pulse
If you are a fan of the Ultima series, and you have a 3DfX video card, I would highly recommend buying Ultima IX. Though the plot is linear, the story hackneyed, and the programming still somewhat buggy, this is still Britannia, and a Britannia more fully realized than in any previous title in the series. The fact that loose ends are being tied off, and you have an opportunity to learn who the Guardian really is, makes this game worth the time of any Dragon worth his or her salt. Tons of in-jokes and allusions to previous games in the series are present, and yes, there is a way to kill Lord British (no, no love children). There are some questionable choices in both the programming (poor Direct3D optimization) and the storyline (a rather unnecessary love sub-theme), but this game is still worthy of the name “Ultima”. In my personal list of best to worst, I’d place Ultima IX: Ascension somewhere in the middle, which still makes it a good play, and a damn good play from time to time.
74
FiringSquad
Once the bad parts are over, Ascension becomes a pretty good game. It sucks you in and delivers the final chapter of the Ultima saga, which - like it or not - does have value to a lot of people. The level of environmental interactivity is great, especially once you see just how awesome an environment you have to play with. U9 manages to even bring the entire genre of 3rd person games forward with its intricate controls (we loved the jumping.)
70
All Game Guide
Ultima IX: Ascension is one of the most notable examples imaginable of a game that could have been among the best ever made in its genre if only its release had been held off another half year. With all the bugs gone and the overall game speed increased, any remaining problems would have been virtually insignificant.
70
Gamesmania
Schwer ist's gefallen, eine Sieben zu geben, aber die Veröffentlichung eines unfertigen Produkts zum vollen Preis ist einfach eine Zumutung. Das ganze tolle Spiel an sich ist für die Katz', wenn es einfach nur unzureichend gespielt werden kann. Die zahlreichen Bugs und die miserable Performance sollten "subject to change" sein - und zwar pronto!
70
Jeuxvideo.com
En tout cas, les amateurs de la série seront comblés dans ce dernier épisode. On y retrouve tous les ingrédients des Ultima avec la sélection de la classe par la gitane et ses questions débiles :) ou encore tous les fameux personnages du culte, Lord British et les autres. Richard Garriott a sûrement eu une grosse bouffée de nostalgie en créant U9 car il s'agit aussi d'un retour aux sources en ce qui concerne l'histoire et le ton choisi ; comme cet humour décalé qui émaille l'aventure. Autre exemple, la boîte de jeu est rempli de petites surprises comme ces cartes aux couleurs des 8 vertus ou la carte de Brittania en tissu, plus la foule de livrets expliquant l'univers du jeu, une vrai pochette surprise ce jeu :)
70
Gamekult
Ultima IX est un jeu exigeant à bien des égards : il réclame une configuration haut de gamme, ainsi que le dernier patch pour corriger le nombre invraisemblable de bugs dont la version française n'a été que partiellement débarrassée par rapport à sa consoeur américaine. Beaucoup de patience et de volonté sont également nécessaires pour véritablement entrer dans le jeu sans abandonner dès les premiers clics, et pour marteler systématiquement toutes les touches du clavier à la recherche des raccourcis. Ultima IX peut se vanter d'être, à l'image de ses confrères les jeux de rôles sur PC, l'un des jeux les plus élitistes jamais conçus. Mais son fort pouvoir d'immersion, passé les premières heures laborieuses, garantit aux plus téméraires un plaisir rarement atteint.
65
Gamezone (Germany)
Der lang erwartete letzte Ableger der Ultima-Reihe überrascht mit einer riesigen Fantasy-Welt komplett in 3D. Dies ist das erste Ultima welches in 3D erschienen ist. Wahrscheinlich auch das letzte. Dieses Spiel läuft nur annähernd flüssig auf einer Voodoo-Karte, welche ja mittlerweile nichtmal mehr zu haben sind, da die Firma von Nvidia aufgekauft wurde. Zudem wird der Spielspaß von sehr vielen kleinen Bugs getrübt, welche in einem so lang entwickelten Produkt nicht vorkommen dürften. Der Anwender wird außerdem von der Herstellerseite alleinegelassen, da Electroic Arts sämmtliche Supportforen geschlossen hat um weiterer Kritik von Seiten der User zu entgehen. Kein feiner Zug, EA - kein feines Programm, Origin.
64
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Ultima IX had iets prachtigs moeten worden, maar het is anders uitgedraaid. Het feit dat Origin zo'n product durft uit te brengen, is een regelrecht schandaal. Maar ja, het is valk voor Kerstmis in het laatste jaar van het Millennium. Misschien was men wel meer geïnteresseerd in verkoopcijfers dan in tevreden fans. Een doodzonde gewoon. Achteraan in dit nummer word je de vraag gesteld welk spel van 1999 je het meest heeft teleurgesteld. Voor mij is het in ieder geval al een uitgemaakte zaak.
64
GameSpot
Ultima IX comes across both as an epic and a farce; you'll try to take it seriously as you play, because the game's beautiful scenery and grave situations demand it. But there's nothing serious about the Avatar letting out a battle cry as he hits a giant rat in its back and collects its gold, nor is it possible to keep a straight face while listening to half the characters in the game. And though the game has a lot of variety, some sequences are far weaker than others and sink to the very lowest form of role-playing cliche, as they force you to stumble blindly through pointless mazes in search of keys and whatnot.
62
IGN
In the end, it's nearly impossible for me to give Ultima IX: Ascension any sort of meaningful score. While its presentation, graphics and sound are all excellent, the fact that the game is nearly unplayable really makes all of that meaningless. In the end, although this title wound up with about a score over six, I really wouldn't recommend it to anyone until more of its problems are sorted out. Even if the company does lick the performance problems and outright bugs, I would still only recommend it to Tomb Raider fans who are looking for something a little more cerebral, and fans of the series who don't mind going through a whole lot of pointless exercises to get to the end of a story they've been part of for over a decade.
60
GamePro (US)
If you like action/adventures, this one may be the best thing you've seen, provided your system is top-of-the-line, and you can wait patiently for all the fixes. Otherwise, take a pass.
54
RealGamer (Benelux)
Ultima IX is door al deze problemen geen succes geworden. Wat ook genoeg zegt is dat de officiële messageboards op de Origin site zijn afgesloten, omdat naar hun zeggen het spel af is, en de problemen zo goed mogelijk zijn opgelost. Belachelijk, men spreekt nog niet eens hun excuses uit aan de spelers van Ultima IX. Mijn conclusie van deze review is, dat de grafische pracht van Ultima IX en de goed verzorgde handleidingen de enige pluspunten zijn, van een voor de rest jammerlijk mislukt spel.
50
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Personally, I’ve had a lot of fun with Ascension and will surely play it all the way through again once it’s patched. But for this review, I cannot recommend it to anyone. It’s unoptimized, buggy and just plain broken in numerous spots. While hardcore players are bound to wade through the muck with their swamp boots on and enjoy it, they are the exception and not the rule. Regardless of who’s at fault–the publisher or the developer–any title that’s been in development for more than five years should ship in a cleaner state than this. Origin and EA should be ashamed for releasing such an anticipated title in this condition. Their decision is irresponsible and unforgivable. Like Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” Ascension is epic in scope and its story riveting and touching. But like that tale of forbidden love, Ascension is a senseless tragedy that didn’t have to be.
50
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
Its technical flaws make ASCENSION a chore to play. which is truly unfortunate, since it provides the most visually detailed and immersive world yet featured in an RPG. Unlike ULTIMA VIII, ASCENSION doesn’t abandon the traditional strengths of the series. While some gamers may riot appreciate the action-oriented gameplay and certain design decisions. there’s no doubt that ASCENSION has a story that focuses predominately on the ULTIMA virtues and related lore. The plot is somewhat revisionist but does wrap up loose ends that gamers have waited half a decade to resolve, Members of the development team have publicly stated that the game had a ‘non-movable’ ship date, which is pretty disappointing considering that ULTIMA ONLINE was released in a similarly unpolished state, If Origin had taken the time to properly complete this game prior to release, it may well have been a worthwhile finale to the series. But they didn’t, and it’s not.
50
Eurogamer.net (UK)
If you own a well-specced machine with a 3dfx-based chipset at its heart, you may well enjoy Ascension, but don't be fooled into thinking that it's just got a frame rate problem - the game is full to the brim with bugs and glitches, and no amount of hardware improvement can eliminate them. At the end of the day, I abhor Ascension and what it's become, and by buying it you are allowing unprofessional developers to make a profit on the gullibility of the gaming public. I doubt you want to be a part of that...
40
incite PC Gaming
Ultima: Ascension's terrific storyline, graphics, and character interaction would normally warrant at least a four-star rating from incite PC Gaming. But with all of the bugs and technical glitches making the game all but unplayable for most users, we can only give it a two.
25
Game Revolution
Ultima IX is the legacy of gaming companies focusing more on the dollar than the quality of the product: an 'A' game murdered by an 'F' game's bugs. As this is the last single player game that Origin will ever release and the end of the Ultima series, it should have been a swan song. In our preview, we stated that Ultima IX was "destined to be a classic," and if they can ever manage to fix it... it still is. If you're interested, wait until the game is fully patched or wait for the inevitable 'Gold Version.' By then, the problems should be solved. Until then, the day this game was released prematurely lives in infamy in PC gaming history. Some things in gaming are sacred - Ultima was one of them. Don't give up on it quite yet, but for now... the Guardian has won.