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Category Description User Score
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.8
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.2
Graphics The visual quality of the game 4.0
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 4.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.6
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations, special editions and non-story DLC items. 4.2
Overall User Score (23 votes) 4.1

Critic Reviews

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Retro Archives (Jun 03, 2019)
Ultima III avait fait trembler les fondations du genre, Ultima IV les aura dynamitées. En choisissant de placer le joueur au centre d'une quête mystique et philosophique plutôt que dans une éternelle chasse-au-grand-méchant, le titre de Richard Garriott aura réellement donné son sens à l'expression "jeu de rôle" en offrant aux dialogues, à l'enquête et jusqu'à la façon d'accomplir les objectifs un rôle central dans ce qui était encore trop souvent un simple simulateur de combats. Débarrassé d'une grande partie des lourdeurs de la première trilogie, à commencer par un recours systématique à un grinding pas toujours passionnant, Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar aura été une révolution, un OVNI extraordinaire dont beaucoup de titres contemporains gagneraient encore à s'inspirer. Le jeu qui aura définitivement ancré la saga Ultima dans la cour des géants.
Techtite (2000)
The is one of those classic game sequels that really packed a punch...and it was the 4th in the series! Even the box art was superior to most el-cheapo box art used today. Since this was made in the days when computer games came with freebies galore, U4 came with a free metal ankh, which was a symbol seen throughout the game itself; a cute added touch. There was also the typical artistic, cloth map of the world you could explore, as well as an elaborate manual. As for the game itself, this was the pivotal moment in the saga that put the hero of the game (ie, you) in the role of the Avatar; the symbol of everything good and virtuous in the world. If not the best in the series per se, it was still far ahead of the competition, in fantasy RPGs.
If any fault can be found in this incredible game, it would be in the fact that experience is gained only from combat, and in the later stages of the adventure, this tends to become a little tedious. Since the major theme of the game is the development of your character's virtues, it might have been a good idea to allow experience to be granted for accomplishing certain tasks, as well as vanquishing monsters, at least insofar as the major character (you) is concerned. Still, this is a relatively minor quibble, since there are ways to avoid excessive fighting with the moon gate spell, and the game design and execution overall simply dwarfs petty complaints.
Happy Computer (Jun, 1985)
Grafisch und spielerisch fallen viele Ähnlichkeiten zu „Ultima III“ auf. Für knapp 200 Mark hätte man vielleicht etwas mehr inhaltliche Eigenständigkeit erwarten können, aber wer bereits vom „Ultima“-Virus infiziert ist, wird von den neuen spielerischen Details und der komplexeren Handlung begeistert sein. Es gibt neue Zaubersprüche, neue Charakter-Klassen und viele neue, herzallerliebste Monster, die in der Anleitung anschaulich beschrieben und illustriert sind. Außerdem haben sowohl Spieler als auch Monster die Möglichkeit, weinend eines Duells zu fliehen. Pur fortgeschrittene Rollenspieler ist mit „Ulima IV“ wahrlich das „ulimative“ Spiel. (…) Der derzeit beste Kauftip für Neulinge ist übrigens das gute alte „Ultima III“, das in der C 64-Diskettenversion bereits für 65 Mark erhältlich ist. Wer dieses Programm bereits besitzt und mit Begeisterung gespielt hat, kann ruhigen Gewissens den Sparstrumpf plündern, um sich auch den vierten Teil der Fantasy-Saga zu besorgen.