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Ultima Collection (DOS)

Great Way to Experience the Past

The Good
This is a collection of what are possibly the most influential CRPG's ever created. The games are presented in their entirety and unaltered form (Ultima I, however is the 1987 rerelease version for the PC, not the 1980 Apple II version).

Most of them will run straight from a DOS window while in Windows so start-up is a snap; simply load the game from your Start menu. Origin has also built MoSlo into batch files for all but three of the titles and has it pre-configured so they will work on modern systems immediately after installation. They behave well, for the most part. Ultima VI even played its music through my year-1999 sound card!

I did not have the priviledge of playing these great games when they first came out. Finally, I can know what made the Ultima series the legend it is today.

The Bad
Even with MoSlo, some of the older games, namely Ultima II and III, run a little fast (I am using a Pentium III computer). You may need to tweak the speed settings in order to make these games playable. Unfortuntately, the documentation included for MoSlo is quite complicated and may be downright indecipherable to the layman.

I also experienced problems with Ultima VII and VIII which will not run from within windows. These require you to restart your computer in DOS mode and some additional configuration. I have yet to be able to get either of these games to run properly, which is a shame.

The Underworld games are not included in the package.

The Bottom Line
Despite the quirks with some of the games, this collection is pure gold. Whether you are, like me, discovering these classic games for the first time or reliving treasured memories, this is retro-gaming at it's finest. Those who have been spoiled by today's graphics and bells & whistles might be a little dejected, but if you can get past that it is truly a worthwhile experience.

By Ghost on October 1st, 2016

Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)

By Ghost on November 20th, 2004

Star Wars: Galaxies - An Empire Divided (Windows)

By Ghost on April 8th, 2004

Metroid: Zero Mission (Game Boy Advance)

By Ghost on March 11th, 2004

Aerobiz Supersonic (SNES)

By Ghost on April 30th, 2003

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GameCube)

By Ghost on April 18th, 2003

Metroid Prime (GameCube)

By Ghost on February 25th, 2003

Destruction Derby 2 (PlayStation)

By Ghost on November 25th, 2002

Super Dodge Ball (NES)

By Ghost on November 17th, 2002

River City Ransom (NES)

By Ghost on November 3rd, 2002

Excitebike (NES)

By Ghost on October 18th, 2002

Star Control II (DOS)

By Ghost on October 4th, 2002

RoboSport (Windows 3.x)

By Ghost on May 26th, 2002

American McGee's Alice (Windows)

By Ghost on August 11th, 2001

Black & White (Windows)

By Ghost on April 20th, 2001

Dungeon Keeper 2 (Windows)

By Ghost on February 27th, 2001

Diablo II (Windows)

Simple Pleasures

The Good
The game picks right up where the last one left off and takes on a higher degree of depth. There's more to it than simply fighting your way deeper into the same dungeon. This time you chase Diablo through four Acts, each one with it's own flavor and setting, and its own set of quests that must be completed to proceed. Each Act is preceded by a cinematic scene that drives the story forward.

There is much more variety in this game than in the first game. There are five different character classes, each with its own skill tree uinique to that class. This gives each class its own playing style; different from the first game which had three classes not much different from each other. The game also introduces the concept of set items, a group of items which give the character special abilities when put together, and socketed items, which can have gems placed in them and allow the player to customize the item's abilities. There is also a greater variety of items overall.

The game's best attribute is probably its simple interface. The game can be run entirely with the mouse, though there are hotkeys for many functions. The result is a very clean, efficient interface

The Bad
There isn't a lot of variety to the game itself. It's pretty much just hack-and-slash the whole way through. It can get kind of tiring fighting through the same monsters all the time.

Act III is particularly tedious with waypoints spaced too far apart and lots of little annoying monsters.

The Bottom Line
Despite its lack of variety, the game is quite addictive. With so many items to collect and skill paths to follow, there is a lot of replayability. The simplicity of the game makes it easy for anyone to get into. Who doesn't enjoy fighting evil incarnate?

By Ghost on January 2nd, 2001

The Operative: No One Lives Forever (Windows)

By Ghost on December 30th, 2000

Crimson Skies (Windows)

By Ghost on December 30th, 2000

Dirt Track Racing (Windows)

By Ghost on December 29th, 2000

Jeff Wayne's The War of the Worlds (Windows)

By Ghost on December 28th, 2000

Blade Runner (Windows)

By Ghost on November 9th, 2000

The Incredible Machine (DOS)

By Ghost on October 12th, 2000

The Secret of Monkey Island (DOS)

By Ghost on September 11th, 2000

Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle (DOS)

By Ghost on August 29th, 2000

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