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Written by  :  dave taylor (6)
Written on  :  Jun 17, 2015
Platform  :  DOS
Rating  :  4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars
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Summary

One of the top CRPGs

The Good

The goal of the game, achieving avatarhood in the virtues, is excellent and unique even to this day. It´s quite realistic in the sense that just like daily life, you have to be careful what you do or say, you have to be fair and whilst achieving your goals, reach out and cooperate with the right people. The graphics were basic but playable. The speed of play and fluidity is fantastic. The game is deep and with notions that make you want to keep coming back.

The Bad

The main world is a little poorly drawn, but then it was limited by machine capabilities at the time. You need good vision or a large screen. In some ways the game is very long to complete and it´s very easy to lose hit points. It takes dedication, and if you don´t use outside help, there´s a lot to write down and even put down on paper to make maps--so you don´t become lost.

The Bottom Line

It´s been said this could be the best computer rpg of all time. It is very good but I decline that judgment. Similar great crpg´s include Phantasy Star (sega) and Magic Candle (dos). These similarly had large worlds with the requirement for a party, and if not completely the same, they still had elements of morality, albeit indirectly compared to Ultima IV. This game is a challenge for you, it is well worth it. Besides it, another of the Ultimas to look for is Ultima 6, which in a way had similar moralistic goals. For anyone who wants to try a game of quest with problem solving and just generally requiring thought and planning, go for this one, and don´t put it down until you´ve seen it all!