Has anyone played this game?

#1 Posted by essaregee (631 posts) -

I thought it was great, 'course it was like 3 years ago, but I wish there were more games like this.

#2 Posted by SeriouslyNow (8504 posts) -

More like almost 11 years ago.  It was released in 1999!  And yes, it was AWESOME.  3DFX FTW!

#3 Posted by ArbitraryWater (12896 posts) -

Wasn't this game universally hated by just about everybody (Richard Garriot included)?

#4 Posted by Seedofpower (4004 posts) -

 No, but I want to thou. I got #7, but all i did in that game was kill people and steal stuff.

#5 Posted by SeriouslyNow (8504 posts) -
No it wasn't hated, people complained that it needed a really powerful PC to run it, which was strange because many leading games of the day, including Half life, had the same arguments levelled at them too.
#6 Posted by Gre (167 posts) -

I played the game when it first came out, and then again on a laptop in 2004.  I grew up as a huge fan of the Ultima series (starting with  Ultima I in 1983 or '84 or whenever it was re-released), and this game was sometime of a disappointment.  It abandoned a lot of what made the good Ultima's great, trivialized the story, and made for a very unsatisfying end to a great series.  But the graphics were great (for the time).  If you're interested in playing some great Ultima games, I would suggest IV or V, which you should be able to play in DosBox, or the Ultima Underworld series.  The Underworld games are 3-D games from the mid-nineties, I think, and they have great, open-ended game play.

#7 Posted by Von (330 posts) -

Nothing beats Ultima VII. 
As for IX, I liked it when it came out, and when the fan-made patch came out I played it again and liked it just as much.

#8 Posted by SeriouslyNow (8504 posts) -
@Gre:  Ultima Underworld : The Stygian Abyss predates even Wolfenstein 3D - it was released in March of '92 while Wolfenstein 3D was released in May of the same year.  Ultima Underworld 2 : Labyrinth of Worlds was released a year later.
@Von:  For the best Ultima VII experience use Exult; it's a native Windows / Linux / OS X Ultima VII player which allows you to fully experience the entirety of the Ultima VII games (Serpent's Isle and the other addons) while also allowing for some rather fun and useful additional features, such as native speech pack support, various graphic scaling settings (which can make the game look really pretty) and being able to increase the world view as well being able to teleport anywhere by double clicking on the world map.
#9 Posted by blastershift (78 posts) -

There is a lot of fan patches and stuff happening with this game right now. I'm wondering can I add any of that info to the wiki or ?

#10 Posted by JCGamer (762 posts) -

That was a game ahead of its time.  How many games even today have a seamless transition from indoor/dungeons/outdoor.  Played like a 3D Zelda game.  I stopped playing it about 3 dungeons into it (PC kept crashing) but would love to get back into it now--I still have the disk.  I have a Macbook (I do have VMWare Fusion and XP)--any suggestions on how to get this game to work?

#11 Posted by Vodun (2393 posts) -

I seem to recall liking it, but also it being buggier than an ant hill. I also seem to recall people around who liked Ultima, didn't really feel it was an "Ultima" game. Dunno, the memories I'm getting is sorta technically flawed but good (think Obsidian games).

#12 Posted by perilator666 (502 posts) -

I have that giant collectors edition somewhere around here. 

#13 Posted by Morien (188 posts) -
@JCGamer said:
" That was a game ahead of its time."  
Very true. I played it when it first came out and couldn't really get into it. Even dealing with the bugs and graphic issues on my PC back then, I just wasn't the kind of gamer back then that I am now. About two years ago I found out there was a fan patch for this 
and thought I'd try it again since I loved pretty much the whole Ultima series;  starting with 3 and on, including the Underworld series. I really enjoyed it! I thought it had quite a bit of depth and man it's a long game, that world is huge! It wasn't until 
Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind that I thought any game came close to such a large scope and story. 
#14 Posted by Fluxxed (82 posts) -

If I can't bake bread with the blood of a murder victim, then feed the bread to his orphan I'm not interested.

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