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I don't think you people will be able to handle this. The old Ultimas were HARD.

- No automaps.
- No quest tracking.
- You have to keep track of everything on paper (NPC text that sounds important) mark, organized by town, mark off when done.
- You have to do some fairly sophisticated putting two and two together to figure some things out - sometimes it will tell you 'hey, you should go over here and talk to this guy and ask him about this', but sometimes you need to figure that out yourself, and if you don't, you are stuck, especially for the endgame stuff where it's all multiple hints.
- All the mechanisms predate the conventions you're used to, so they will feel wrong.

Nothing you've played will prepare you for this unless you grew up in the Bard's Tale / DQ1 age. Heck, I beat this game when it came out - it took months, and now even I find it too primitive to really play.

RandV80:
...in the end I could never beat the game because I could never figure out the final answer, the character trait that binds all others together (or whatever it was).

Jazoni89:
Do you have to use Dosbox for this?

It's a GOG game. If you're unfamiliar, they got that shit covered. If it requires DOSBox, DOSBox will run without you needing to do a thing and the game will launch. It's why so many people love GOG - they make old games very easily compatible with modern systems.

Ultima 4 was way ahead of its time, but the original could definately use an update. I strongly recommend first-time players use the N.E.S. version over the PC version. The NES version came out later, allowing needed updates, and its much more easier to follow. Characters in the PC version are all mostly the same, save for restrictions on item usage. (Mages can't wear plate, etc.) This takes out a lot of strategy that should be able to be used; Most of your party will be smashy-smashy fighters with the random mage/healer. The NES version fleshes the characters out much more, and allows for more sophisticated combat strategy and character growth; instead of just Fighter/Mages, you can also have tanks, buffers, rangers, item specialists (grenades). And the NES version is just prettier.

What I loved the most about Ultima was being able to control a party of up to 8 people. I loved using 5 people in Final Fantasy 4, but then those games kept making the party smaller and smaller.

Ultima, M&M...now if they upload Wizardry 7 and Darklands we'll have a collection of "all the RPG's you have to play."

but according to your reviewers, dragon age 2 is the best rpg ever.

The ultima games I played (6 and 7... I think) were buggy as shit. Never got into the series.

HerbertTheHamster:
but according to your reviewers, dragon age 2 is the best rpg ever.

I laughed, that was low blow man, a low blow.

itf cho:
TOS when you go to install the game says you agree to have Origin installed... no thanks.

Not as far as I can see. It says:
"B. Access to Software, Online Features And/Or Services. An EA/Origin Account, including the acceptance of EA's online Terms of Service and Privacy Policy (available at www.ea.com), the installation of Origin client application (www.origin/about.com) (or superceding download management software) as well as acceptance of the Origin (or superceding download management software) End User License Agreement, may be required to access the Software, online services and/or features and to download and apply Software updates and patches (if any). Only licensed software can be used to access online services and/or features (if any), including downloadable content, and access to such features is limited to you and your immediately family or members of your household."

Which to me reads as something copied from the standard EA Terms & Conditions you'll find in any of their games these days. Especially seeing as I just uninstalled Origin and then installed this & ran it with no problems at all.

If you're noticing something on the page saying "Origin Systems" that is because they are the developers who made the game way back when and have nothing to do with the recently launched EA service.

The people here don't seem to know what the fuck they're talking about. I too love Baldur's Gate, and Planescape: Torment and Deus Ex and so on. But Ultima 4? Yeah, it's up there. This isn't really so much as "best game evar" since there is no such thing. But Ultima 4 is what people call a "classic". It is something that helped define a genre, it is something which left a mark in time. Sure, not a big mark - this is still PC RPG's were talking about here, remember? But still a mark. And you all should learn to show some proper, fucking, respect.

Damn kids.

I certainly want to try this out when I get the chance, the Ultima series always interested me. Glad it's free on GoG, does that mean they might release the other games in the series? (I know Ultima Underworld 1 + 2 were released awhile back.)

Ultima 5 is the best, but 4 was pretty damn groundbreaking for its time. And there STILL hasn't been another game with as deep a morality system.

Suikoden 2 is free...?!

Oh... well dang.

Jazoni89:
Do you have to use Dosbox for this?

it comes with all you have to do is hit the Desktop Icon and fires Dos Box up for you.

Tiamat666:
I might have missed something, but I remember U4 being made free for download on an EA related site a long time ago.

Not you who missed something.

Am I the only one considering downloading this because there's a character named Lord British?

Oh no, your opinion of best RPG is different than mine. Excuse me while I freak out that people don't all think like I do.

Exceptional? Yes...

Best? ...nope. Ultima games never really "caught" me. I'd have rather played Wasteland.

I have an inpulse to play Odyssey: The Compleat Apventure....anyone know where I can find it? And what emulator I would need for it?

What the hell escapist readers, what the hell.

Ultima 4 was one of the most memorable games of all times and was ahead of it times for RPGS. The fact that you people state games like Deus Ex, Fallout, and Baldur's Gate. Where do you think all those neat things of thars came from? The Ultima series is the cornerstone of American RPGS and you at the very least should give it a shot. Respect your elders.

Darn kids.

Thomas Guy:
Man I was stoked to download Shining Force. Oh well.

Niiiiiin-jaaaa'd!

Still, gaming history is gaming history, and free is as good as it gets. <downloads>

oldtaku:
I don't think you people will be able to handle this. The old Ultimas were HARD.

- No automaps.
- No quest tracking.
- You have to keep track of everything on paper (NPC text that sounds important) mark, organized by town, mark off when done.
- You have to do some fairly sophisticated putting two and two together to figure some things out - sometimes it will tell you 'hey, you should go over here and talk to this guy and ask him about this', but sometimes you need to figure that out yourself, and if you don't, you are stuck, especially for the endgame stuff where it's all multiple hints.
- All the mechanisms predate the conventions you're used to, so they will feel wrong.

Nothing you've played will prepare you for this unless you grew up in the Bard's Tale / DQ1 age. Heck, I beat this game when it came out - it took months, and now even I find it too primitive to really play.

You got that right, it took me 5 mins to figure out how to start a game XD

I already have a physical copy of this game, but I don't think I ever even tried to install it so I guess this is cool, at least now I will have a manual.

Woah, beneath a steel sky for free too. I had this on the amiga but disk 8 was naffed and i couldnt continue. This site is ace man cheers!

I used to have this on the Sega Master System and spent MONTHS playing and replaying it. Seriously, this is a fantastic, fantastic game.

Never played the PC version, but I'm gonna head over and get me some Ultima now...

Clonekiller:

Llil:
Well, you can't beat that price. I've never played the Ultima games, but I'm going to have to try this one. I'm always interested in the classics. That virtue thing sounds much more interesting than the standard "bad guy wants to take over the world, go kill him".

Clonekiller:
Sorry, I upgraded to 3D graphical technology eight or so years ago. Since then my nostalgia level hasn't been high enough to convince me to play these "greatest games ever". Now, if you'll excuse me, I have some Fallout to go play.

Fallout isn't 3D, if that's what you're saying. But it sure is one of the "greatest games ever".

Correction: Fallout: New Vegas. Happy?

Can I be put on record as digging the hell out of BOTH "Ultima 4" and "Fallout: New Vegas"? Some of us old-timers just like games because they're, you know, really good. No matter what era they come from.

poiumty:
At first I was like OMG BALDUR'S GATE 2 FOR FREE!?

Then I was like... meh.

I was thinking the same, but replace BG2 with Planescape.

Ultima 4 is the best RPG ever? I don't even consider it the best of the series. So in conclusion, YOUR OPINION IS WRONG!

rembrandtqeinstein:
Ultima 5 is the best, but 4 was pretty damn groundbreaking for its time. And there STILL hasn't been another game with as deep a morality system.

I'm pretty sure your hand slipped with a 5 instead of a 6.

I actually have a copy of the the Ultima collection on CD, but I can't install it anymore as I can't figure out which program I have to uninstall to install the games.

Fusioncode9:
YOUR OPINION IS WRONG!

Your opinion can never be wrong, misguided or misinformed but never wrong because your opinion is your opinion.

CannibalCorpses:

Fusioncode9:
YOUR OPINION IS WRONG!

Your opinion can never be wrong, misguided or misinformed but never wrong because your opinion is your opinion.

I'm guessing you missed the obvious sarcasm.

I really enjoyed Ultima IV on the Commodore 64 way-back-when, but it's hard for me to imagine playing a game like that now, especially if it's the 1985 version (which on the PC would mean that it was either dead silent or used the *cough* limited sounds available to the PC's internal speaker... Sound cards didn't really start coming into their own until about 1990.)

I don't mean to dissuade anyone; it really was a milestone of a game. Just be prepared, between the interface, the graphics, and the sound (or lack thereof) for a kind of culture shock.

Fusioncode9:

CannibalCorpses:

Fusioncode9:
YOUR OPINION IS WRONG!

Your opinion can never be wrong, misguided or misinformed but never wrong because your opinion is your opinion.

I'm guessing you missed the obvious sarcasm.

Doh...sorry! I've been on a serious thread all day and am feeling all defensive from the insults and idiocy i've seen. Starting to remember why i dont do conversations with people i can't grab hold of and punch lol. People tend to be less aggressive in person :p

vxicepickxv:

rembrandtqeinstein:
Ultima 5 is the best, but 4 was pretty damn groundbreaking for its time. And there STILL hasn't been another game with as deep a morality system.

I'm pretty sure your hand slipped with a 5 instead of a 6.

I actually have a copy of the the Ultima collection on CD, but I can't install it anymore as I can't figure out which program I have to uninstall to install the games.

6 was a better game mechanically but it didn't have anywhere near as compelling a story as 5. The gargoyles as misundersood aliens just weren't as interesting as Blackthorn or the Shadowlords. The Shadowlords actually were scary and the effects they had on townspeople was something unique. The fact that they showed up but you couldn't possibly beat them gave them the "darth vader" aura of menace that made you dread the pc speaker whine when they were in a town.

6 was groundbreaking in the lack of "loading" between towns and wilderness, the contiguous world was truly a feat for the technology of the time. Also I'm pretty sure it was the first example of controllable party AI that games followed for years to come along with the real-time/pause combat system that defined 7 and was perfected in the infinity engine for baldurs gate the rest of that generation.

So I agree that 6 was a very important game but it wasn't anywhere near as tight as 5.

Well played, Mr. Tito. I thought nothing you said could ever make up for your praise of WoW 3.2, but you just did.

This isn't FF VII. Why isn't this FF VII?
God I hate when people make intentionally misleading titles just to draw views.

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