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      11.08.2002 02:30
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      Now after 2 years from the release date this game is finally playable, I loved the whole Ultima saga, but when I saw this game in action I've decided to leave where it was, the graphic was awesome but the game was having too many bugs, it was too slow, and was having too many problems in general. I bought it one month ago, and I must say that this games is great (ok, I have to read the readme to configure it and set the graphic to 800x600 with 800 mega of virtual memory (2,5x times my memory 256mb)) and the game works very well, The game is in full 3d (like grand theft auto 3 only Britain is a lot bigger than a city of gta3, the story is great like it was in all Ultima games, the only thing I don't like about this game is that you have to do all the adventure by yourself(your old friend are all dead or joined the Guardian against you). In global I must say that this game is great (graphic is nearly at the level of modern 3d games, maybe for two years ago it was too much, but on a modern pc it run decently), the story is great, and the game will last many hours of play. I'm currently playing with a 1700xp/geforce 2 mx/256mb so if you have a similar c the game will run decently for you too, with the unofficial 1.19f patch installed over the official 1.18f.

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        23.01.2001 18:26
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        This title is now available in the bargain bins (at least I picked up a copy for E7,50 in the Netherlands). Positive things first: The cloth-map inside the box looks quite neat, and will probably come in handy. Also, the gaming environment sure looks the look. Bees and butterflies pass you by, trees look tree-like and if you look carefully, you probably can watch the grass grow. BUT: All this graphical glory does come at a cost. I consider my PC (an AMD duron 600 with geforce 2 MX) to be at least an average machine. This game however, fails to deliver a smooth screen-movement, even on lower resolutions (640 x 480, come on, I can't get any lower!) As Quake 3 and Unreal Tournament show, smooth scrolling should be possible, why can't this game do the same? I suspect this Ultima game might actually be very nice and entertaining, but I must say I haven't even left the base (the castle) yet, and even that has been quite a struggle. This typically is a game I will leave lying in the closet for quite a while, until I upgrade my machine to a 1GHz+ machine, and an even more blistering fast graphics card. If you need to decide whether you are going to buy this game, take these two things into account: - Is my machine really fast enough for it? - if not, do I want to buy it now, and leave it until I buy a PC that's up to the task? If after answering these questions you still are convinced you should buy and play this game, have fun, but don't say you haven't been warned!

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        27.11.2000 16:44

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        I'm no fan of the Ultima games, but when I first picked up a copy of Ultima 9, I thought: Wicked Graphics! Then I brought it. BIG MISTAKE! You see, thats where the good things stop, the graphics, they are lucious, sure, and hardened fans can roam Brittania in 3d, but thats it. End. Apon loading the game the first problem arises, no matter what character you choose to play they all differ VERY slightly, and each makes no difference in the game. Second problem: This game has bugs. Lots of bugs, and yoi get the feeling the whole project has been rushed. Also, the official site has been closed so the hope of getting a patch is vein. These are just two of the major problems with Ultima 9. The story is merely okay, your character boring, and all leads to an empty experiance. Not the way I would expect the "Best RPG series ever" to end but there you go.

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        20.09.2000 00:02
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        It may look a lot like a Tomb Raider clone, but upon playing it, it becomes clear that it is so much more. It is not just a case of running around collecting objects and killing things to get to the next level (although you do run around and collect objects, it is not an arcade game!). As the embodiment of good (the eight virtues are central to the Ultima games and the Avatar is the embodiment of these), you have to think carefully about how you play the game and treat the people you meet, as the consequences of your actions will affect what happens in the future. Although the main quest is fairly linear in nature (visit shrines, visit nearby dungeon, get items, cleanse shrine), it is broken up by a variety of sub-quests, of which some are essential and some aren’t, and as there doesn’t appear to be a time limit on them, you can just wander about and enjoy the scenery if you so chose. A special mention has to be made about the graphics which are glorious (although you will need a fairly hi-spec PC to view them properly), if you are a veteran of previous Ultima games then seeing familiar towns in all their glory is a real treat (if you are not a veteran, then you will still be impressed when you see them). When I first saw this game in the magazines, I wasn’t convinced it would be any good, yes, great graphics, but what about the gameplay? I have played previous Ultima’s (and still rate Ultima VII as the best, although Baldur’s Gate has come extremely close), and it struck me that more attention had gone into how it looked rather than played. I can honestly say that my fears were to a certain extent, unfounded. While it has not got the depth of earlier Ultima’s nor the non-linearity of Baldur’s Gate, it still has an engrossing storyline. The movement can be a bit jerky if all the graphic options are turned on and the PC is not up to it, and there are still a few minor glitches, but they donR 17;t detract from the game that much.

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        12.09.2000 18:33
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        So, the end of the lauded Ultima series, loved passionately by millions of game-players. The true RPG series of the age created by Lord British productions. The game starts with you waking up and then following a training session around your home, familiarising yourself with the game controls, fighting, picking things up, eating etc. And then you get whisked back to Britannia, where the people of the land once again need the Avatar (ie. YOU) to get them out of their fix. So, where did this one go wrong when all the other games of the series are really really exemplary? The plot is slightly lamer than usual, leading to an almost painfully obvious conclusion for anyone who’s played any of the other games. It’s VERY linear, you only get to go to the cities in a certain order. Empath Abbey is on the opposite side of the map from where it is.. grr. Ok, so back to the plot. A number of red columns have appeared around the Britannian countryside, leading all the traditional virtues becoming warped and the land’s inhabitants taking on opposite templates. So those in Britain are mean instead of compassionate. Those in Yew believe in hanging all instead of justice.. and your job is to go clear up every shrine and restore them to their former glory. With NO party of assistants this time, they’ve all turned sides too and you get to fight a good number of them within the game. The worst thing about the game are the bugs. You can’t even load it without the patch and they had to go through 3 patches before it even got to the state it’s in now, which is pretty shabby to be honest. Animals float in mid-air and characters have really bad AI. Lord British makes no useful contribution to the game, except right at the end and the game is painful to play through to the end (and not all that worth it, to be honest). Avoid it, I hate to say it, but really, it’s like Highlander 2, just don’t open it if you’ve ever had anything to do with the Ultima series. If you haven’t, then play them, they ROCK, but never even consider putting the Ultima 9 CD in your computer, it can and will only disappoint.

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        12.08.2000 05:22

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        This is a very good knights and legends game is as real graphics and a very interesting story line to. The game is one of the best and it as good sound. This is one of the better god games as it could last six moths to , or thats what the box says any way. This also as been rated game of the year in many books and for what i can see there is no bad points to write about. This game comes with a 10 out of 10 ratining from me.

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        09.08.2000 20:58
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        This game is full of little annoying programmers bugs. It crashes all the time and it can get very annoying at times. Also it seems to work much better with the glide set of drivers so I would recommend this with the voodoo 3000 and 128mb ram minimum. Other than that this is very good and very massive game with plenty to offer for every game playing taste. Right from the start you can tell you starting something very big. The learning and hardness curves are just right and before you know it it is 3 am and you are very hungry and you can't blink cos your eyes have dryed open!! The bottom line is wait, and wait you must, for patches and updates to repair the massive mistakes made. The graphics are good but jerky with direct 3d drivers.

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        07.08.2000 00:14

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        For ultima fans out there, this is the latest release from Electronic Arts and it is said that this is the last time the Avatar ventures into Britannia to get rid of the evil. Avatar is the champion of virtiues, and he started out as an ordinary man on Earth but was drawn into adventure in the mystical realm of Britannia. In this new version, it has the best role paying games with excellent 3D graphics and it has a huge fully rendered landscapes to explore with lots of non-player characters wandering around. They can be useful as they provide vital clues for the adventure. To run this game smoothly you will need powerful machines with a good 3D accelerator such as Voodoo3. Overall, it is definitely an exciting game to play for hours.

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        23.06.2000 13:02
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        Well was it worth the wait in my opinion the jury is still out and considering its verdict. The gameplay is fine the gfx and soound are fine but the damm bugs annoy me to death. Even patched there are still a few bugs sure the game is much more stable than before I hate it when your in the middle of a game and your machine crashes another game to take off the hard drive. There should be a law requiring software companys to release bug free products (that will be the day. The game runs very well on my pc P2 300 196mb ram and tnt2 ultra card which suprised me. Stay clear of this game until all the bugs are fixed you have been warned it is a complete waste of money at the moment.

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        11.06.2000 19:14
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        It's been a long time coming - even the scheduled release date would have been a long time since U8, and it was finally two years late. The highlight for me in this long running series was U7, with U8 being a travesty of an 'arcade' RPG, but what about U9? The debacle in the USA, with the original December 99 release being unplayable due to so many bugs, was avoided in the UK by reworking & patching to bring a fairly stable product to our PC's. Even so, it crashed alarmingly on my machine, until I started playing it with the cover off (presumably a heat thing (?), but no other game suffers from it). So, having got the game working, I have to say it looks and sound fantastic. It runs well on my PII/400 with 128Mb RAM, but anything less powerfull might struggle. The story is very similar to previous episodes in that the Avatar (you) must complete numerous quests to defeat the Guardian (the baddie). Loads of subquests are available, most of which are optional. Characterisation is fairly shallow, and there are too many occasions when you have to go through the same conversation more than once as if the characters involved have never met before, but overall it's pretty good. The biggest drawback, for me, is that there is no facility for group formation as in previous Ultima's (Ultimae ?). In this episode, you're on your own. Perhaps the engine is the reason - it's similar to those used in Quake, Doom, and all the other First Person Perspective games that abound. The difference with this one is that you don't shoot and ask questions later. You really need some brain power for some of the quests. I'm almost finished, being about to take on the big guy in the finale, and I've enjoyed it (despite one or two annoying bugs). We're told there won't be U10, and with Richard Garriot leaving Origin, I may have to try real life for a while....

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