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Ultima IX: Ascension (Windows)

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Ultima IX: Ascension Windows The first thing you see after the logos is this introduction movie. Britannia seems to be peaceful... but for how long?..

The first thing you see after the logos is this introduction movie. Britannia seems to be peaceful... but for how long?..

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows The game starts on Earth, in Avatar's house, without a title screen. Lots of detail, and even an advertisement for a new game...

The game starts on Earth, in Avatar's house, without a title screen. Lots of detail, and even an advertisement for a new game...

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows Typical Ultima-style character creation, offered by the wise gypsy woman and based on your ethical choices (German version)

Typical Ultima-style character creation, offered by the wise gypsy woman and based on your ethical choices (German version)

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows There is plenty of wildlife, even during the prologue on Earth. If you're really cruel, you can also attack this goat...

There is plenty of wildlife, even during the prologue on Earth. If you're really cruel, you can also attack this goat...

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows Finally, you are transported to Britannia! And you start casting spells right away!.. Note the lavish decorations

Finally, you are transported to Britannia! And you start casting spells right away!.. Note the lavish decorations

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows At night at the docks. Clad in chainmail now. Nice ax, too!..

At night at the docks. Clad in chainmail now. Nice ax, too!..

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows Early battle against a pesky archer on a cliff. Trying to knock him down with a fire sword I just got

Early battle against a pesky archer on a cliff. Trying to knock him down with a fire sword I just got

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows Just a regular day in the capital city. Note the blacksmith and his dog

Just a regular day in the capital city. Note the blacksmith and his dog

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows I attempt to kill an innocent woman right in front of Lord British's palace. Stop that, crazy Avatar!..

I attempt to kill an innocent woman right in front of Lord British's palace. Stop that, crazy Avatar!..

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows Gorgeous Museum in Britannia

Gorgeous Museum in Britannia

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows I just cast a crystal spell and am hitting <moby developer="Richard garriott">Richard Garriott's</moby> nose with visible arrows: only in Ultima IX!..

I just cast a crystal spell and am hitting Richard Garriott's nose with visible arrows: only in Ultima IX!..

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows The Avatar - front view. Notice the chicken in the doorway!

The Avatar - front view. Notice the chicken in the doorway!

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows One of the eight ominous evil columns that the Avatar must nullify

One of the eight ominous evil columns that the Avatar must nullify

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows Your friend Raven will take you anywhere you wish to go aboard her vessel

Your friend Raven will take you anywhere you wish to go aboard her vessel

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows The map of Britannia with your location displayed

The map of Britannia with your location displayed

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows Talking to a "wingless" Gargoyle

Talking to a "wingless" Gargoyle

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows About to enter a Moongate

About to enter a Moongate

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows You can actually see the raindrops in this shot. Here, the Avatar is in the process of cleansing a shrine.

You can actually see the raindrops in this shot. Here, the Avatar is in the process of cleansing a shrine.

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows You'll find quite a few books in the game, with... err... various content! If you ever have a need ... 101 ways to cook Dragon!

You'll find quite a few books in the game, with... err... various content! If you ever have a need ... 101 ways to cook Dragon!

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows Ship navigation! Sail around, discover new places... that kind of thing

Ship navigation! Sail around, discover new places... that kind of thing

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows Exploring abandoned mines. A skeleton warrior is ahead. Some bones lie on the ground - you have to hide them, or they'll come back to life... I cast Light to see better

Exploring abandoned mines. A skeleton warrior is ahead. Some bones lie on the ground - you have to hide them, or they'll come back to life... I cast Light to see better

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows The journal is beautifully designed. On this page you can see spell information

The journal is beautifully designed. On this page you can see spell information

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows A somewhat surreal scene: you fight a tricky phase spider with a lightning sword, while the farmer and his pig are watching!.. An enchanted field is nearby

A somewhat surreal scene: you fight a tricky phase spider with a lightning sword, while the farmer and his pig are watching!.. An enchanted field is nearby

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows The graphics in the game are magically beautiful. Watch the sunset outside... breath the fresh air...

The graphics in the game are magically beautiful. Watch the sunset outside... breath the fresh air...

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows There is a lot of custom fun to be had in Ultima IX! Here, you zoom on a young woman (note the nice animation!), and literally put gold at her feet... nice going, Avatar!..

There is a lot of custom fun to be had in Ultima IX! Here, you zoom on a young woman (note the nice animation!), and literally put gold at her feet... nice going, Avatar!..

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows Ahh, just a nice day in the forest. Assuming the fighting stance - even though no one seems to be around. Preparing to make spells on the pentagram

Ahh, just a nice day in the forest. Assuming the fighting stance - even though no one seems to be around. Preparing to make spells on the pentagram

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows As the sun rises in the east, the Avatar takes on a fearsome Crustacean!..

As the sun rises in the east, the Avatar takes on a fearsome Crustacean!..

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows One of the game's pre-rendered movie cutscenes. Do it to me, baby!.. ... ...and she does!..

One of the game's pre-rendered movie cutscenes. Do it to me, baby!.. ... ...and she does!..

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows A closer view of one of the evil columns, this time inside the Dungeon Shame

A closer view of one of the evil columns, this time inside the Dungeon Shame

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows First-person view is available at any time! It is particularly useful for such situations - when you use your bow to fight crazy purple dudes

First-person view is available at any time! It is particularly useful for such situations - when you use your bow to fight crazy purple dudes

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows Yikes!.. A boss battle against a rather unattractive creature. This guy seems to throw some... crap at me. No, really!..

Yikes!.. A boss battle against a rather unattractive creature. This guy seems to throw some... crap at me. No, really!..

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows There are lots of diving opportunities in the game. Watch out: you've almost run out of air in this underwater tunnel!..

There are lots of diving opportunities in the game. Watch out: you've almost run out of air in this underwater tunnel!..

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows A typical dungeon situation: atmospheric decay, chunks of slain enemies on the floor, and the Avatar nicely showing off the effects of a fire protection spell

A typical dungeon situation: atmospheric decay, chunks of slain enemies on the floor, and the Avatar nicely showing off the effects of a fire protection spell

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows Even most dungeons have plenty of objects to fool around with. Here you can see interaction, object-dragging, etc. - all with an open inventory bag

Even most dungeons have plenty of objects to fool around with. Here you can see interaction, object-dragging, etc. - all with an open inventory bag

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows The demon I summoned stupidly hits empty air with a powerful spell. A hostile guard jumped onto the roof and is hitting the air there. It's all cool, I'm not judging

The demon I summoned stupidly hits empty air with a powerful spell. A hostile guard jumped onto the roof and is hitting the air there. It's all cool, I'm not judging

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows The dungeons in the game are ominous. You feel lonely, standing on a platform in the middle of a lava field...

The dungeons in the game are ominous. You feel lonely, standing on a platform in the middle of a lava field...

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows Magnificent garden scenery. Yet, I felt the need to summon a hideous undead to crawl through this lovely garden... I'm weird that way

Magnificent garden scenery. Yet, I felt the need to summon a hideous undead to crawl through this lovely garden... I'm weird that way

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows An exquisitely decorated magic shop. The servant is sweeping the floor. Beautiful art behind the counter. Close third-person view

An exquisitely decorated magic shop. The servant is sweeping the floor. Beautiful art behind the counter. Close third-person view

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows On a rainy day, you take on a powerful demon and his hellhound!

On a rainy day, you take on a powerful demon and his hellhound!

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows Chatting with the people in Buccaneers' Den

Chatting with the people in Buccaneers' Den

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows Visited a lovely tavern. Art on the walls. Note the realistic animation of that drinking guy.

Visited a lovely tavern. Art on the walls. Note the realistic animation of that drinking guy.

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows Was it good for you too?.. Yup, this is a shot of a post-coitus Avatar: he just spent some of the hard-earned money on this lady of questionable conduct... Didn't the sword bother you guys?..

Was it good for you too?.. Yup, this is a shot of a post-coitus Avatar: he just spent some of the hard-earned money on this lady of questionable conduct... Didn't the sword bother you guys?..

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows Swimming through the sea! Admiring the lovely clouds: look at the sun behind them!.. A big fish is nearby

Swimming through the sea! Admiring the lovely clouds: look at the sun behind them!.. A big fish is nearby

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows Jumping from joy in front of the majestic palace in Trinsic

Jumping from joy in front of the majestic palace in Trinsic

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows Stormy weather during town exploration

Stormy weather during town exploration

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows You'll visit some pretty surreal places on your journey. This one is just... unreal. Note the moon in the sky

You'll visit some pretty surreal places on your journey. This one is just... unreal. Note the moon in the sky

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows Arrival upon the strange island of Terfin

Arrival upon the strange island of Terfin

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows Vertigo effects of 3D. Jumping exercises are not uncommon in dungeons. I undressed the Avatar down to his underwear, put aside the gear, and let him jump...

Vertigo effects of 3D. Jumping exercises are not uncommon in dungeons. I undressed the Avatar down to his underwear, put aside the gear, and let him jump...

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows Do not - I repeat, do not - attempt to engage maniacal one-eyed guys found in secret rooms without basic protection!

Do not - I repeat, do not - attempt to engage maniacal one-eyed guys found in secret rooms without basic protection!

Ultima IX: Ascension Windows One of the game's final locations: appropriately dark and mysterious. The Avatar has some nice equipment

One of the game's final locations: appropriately dark and mysterious. The Avatar has some nice equipment