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Ultima IX: Ascension (Windows)

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Written by  :  frank rieter (142)
Written on  :  Jul 31, 2001
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Summary

Ultima IX: growing stronger in 2001: Review update

The Good

I even loved the bugs... But most important: Ultima IX is still up to date and was clearly ahead of its time.

New (unofficial) patches are available from http://www.fansforultima.com/ They greatly improve dialogue and trading.

In general: Graphics are still among the best in its genre. The game leaves later releases like Summoner and all online games (among others Asherons call) far behind.

Game (engine) has a few novelties that are (as far as i know) still unseen in other games: - enjoy rpg under water! - pick up/move/throw all available items - realistic gravity. objects can actually tumble down stairs and you can slide down steep hillsides.

The Bad

It came to an end... Most reviews note 1)bugs 2) bad speech acting and poor AI. Personally I didn’t mind the speech acting and most bugs were solved by the official patch.

The Bottom Line

Best RPG ever. You're not playing a game: your on vacation. Dont go on vacation without insurance: download the official patch from www.ultima9.com and check out the unofficial patches at www.fansforultima.com