28 April 2009

Memories of Ultima IV

Today on Black Gate, it’s back to the computer era of adventuring with some memories of one of the most influential of all computer role-playing games, Ultima IV: The Quest of the Avatar.

I don’t have strong memories of any of the previous Ultima games—all top-down gamers where you had to vanquish a dark lord—but I remember when Ultima IV came out for the Apple //e in 1985 and that everybody was playing it. The “Defeat the Dark Lord” element was gone, and now it is an adventure of self-improvement. I’ve never liked another computer RPG as much as this one; in general they don’t interest me. But Ultima IV, which broke the mold on games of this type in so many ways, still holds up in my memories.

Read the overview here.