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UO: Samurai Empire is a nice expansion that gives the UO community more opportunities in terms of crafting and guild matters, but while it offers new lands, the game itself has not really changed direction all that much. Is this a bad thing? Absolutely not. The samurai and ninja are fun to play. The game treads new ground but much remains the same. UO is the granddaddy of online gaming and with expansions like Samurai Empire, it still has life in those aging legs.
Ultima Online es bueno por todo en su conjunto, pero si hay que destacar algo es la cantidad de opciones que ofrece en forma de habilidades, construcción de edificios y lugares que explorar (incluso en barco). Todo esto unido a un encanto especial de este universo fantástico tan peculiar, con ciudades como Delucia, Trinsic, Britania, Scara Brae... Se puede decir que lo mejor de Ultima Online, incluyendo esta expansión, es el legado de Origin. Eso y la comunidad de jugadores, que a pesar de ya no ser tan grande como antes, sigue siendo fiel. En el caso particular de Samurai Empire, lo mejor es que incluya las demás expansiones del Ultima Online.
New players will certainly be met with a game that provides endless hours of fun enhanced by interaction with what is possibly the best overall MMORPG community out there, but this expansion lacks an exciting new attraction that would appeal to a great number of new players. Ultima Online is worth getting into for all who enjoy MMOs, but Samurai Empire doesn't do much to add to the convincing power of that statement, despite its quality.
Overall there isn't much unexpected here. Nothing major will happen due to this release, and anyone not raptly interested in Brittania and its current affairs probably won't even notice this title. As Ultima Online expansions have been for some time now, only players of the game notice their release, and only veteran players need bother.
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
If for some reason you’re still playing UO despite the multitude of more advanced MMOs out there, this latest expansion is another uninspired way to pass the time. Which ultimately begs the question: Why are you still playing UO?
If for some reason you're still playing UO despite the multitude of more advanced MMOs out there, this latest expansion is another uninspired way to pass the time. Which ultimately begs the question: Why are you still playing UO?