By Egge 10 Comments
I was born in 1982 and even back then Richard Garriott's ground-breaking computer RPG series collectively known as Ultima had been around for a couple of years already (especially if you count Akalabeth). The first three games in the series (respectively subtitled The First Age of Darkness, The Revenge of the Enchantress and Exodus) have now been re-released as a downloadable pack on Good Old Games for the reasonable price of $5.99. Especially given the apparently inferior quality of the DOS remakes (released as they were several years after the original Apple versions), it's unclear whether anyone will actually play these positively ancient games. However, the historical significance of Ultima 1-2-3 is so immense that GOG.COM and Electronic Arts deserves credit for simply making them easily available in legal form.
That said, I have no personal connection to the Ultima series whatsoever. Due to my comparative youth I obviously don't have any fond memories of playing Ultima 1-3 at the time of their original release, but it would have been at least theoretically possible for me to play Ultima 6-9 - or at the very least Pagan (8) and Ascension (9) - since they were all released during an extended, PC-exclusive part of my gaming life. However, I got into PC RPGs comparatively late (around the time FTL released the excellent Dungeon Master II (1995), to be precise) so I pretty much missed the entirety of this series, and before buying this GOG compilation the only Ultima game I legally owned was an old retail copy of The False Prophet I found in a second hand shop in 2009.
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