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Once again the entire Ultima Collection can be had for $14. Good Old Games – gog.com is running another sale of classic games and once again the entire Ultima collection is on sale. This includes Ultima 1-9 as well as Ultima Underworld 1-2. Also, as stated in the comments and I got the same thing, you also get the Worlds of Ultima as a bonus. I believe that’s the entire Ultima collection for less than $15. I’ve spent more on a burger and fries at Five Guys! And the burger didn’t last nearly as long as this will!

I bought this collection before, but if you missed it and just want to relive those moments, here’s another chance. Plus, there’s some other pretty sweet games in the collection like Wing Commander, Dungeon Keeper, Syndicate Wars and Populous. Each one comes in at just $2.39, which is the traditional price of an iPad game. You really can’t beat those prices. You also get a free copy of The Witcher Enhanced Edition with each purchase.

Anyway, just passing along the deal and it only lasts through the weekend. If you want the games don’t wait too long. What could be better than passing a night slaying monsters in the world of Ultima and Britannia?

Ultima and other classic games on sale at GOG.com – Theme Hospital, Dungeon Keeper Gold–now with Deeper Dungeons expansion, Ultima Series, Syndicate Plus–now with American Revolt mission pack, and many, 60% off

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Well, we all knew it would happen and now it’s finally here. There seems to be a lot of new “Ultima” games coming out since word began of a new Shroud of the Avatar. There was the online version and now we have an iPad version. Honestly, when the iPad first came out and I saw all the remakes of classic games coming out, I wished Electronic Arts would pull together and release the Ultima series. They have all the assets and it’s one of the most recognized games out there, so why not? Well, I guess that’s not their style for now, but they have released their own take on an Ultima game – Ultima Forever.

The Black Weep is plaguing the citizens of Britannia and you are tasked with finding the source and destroying it. But you need to stay true to your course as the Virtues still guide you through life. The games features combat filled dungeons, treasures, NPCs and multiplayer. In fact it’s got all the features would expect in a desktop game.

It’s been available outside the US for a little while now, specifically Canada where they soft launched it a month of so ago. No conspiracy theory, they do this for a limited release to make sure everything is working and they need real players. You don’t have the same “beta” platform on the iPad.

But anyway, here it is and while it looks quite stunning and it sound very exciting, the reviews are coming in as mixed. It’s a “free” game, but we all know what that means. In order to progress you have to put up cash for something and in this case it’s keys. Keys open treasure chests and the better the keys the better the prize. I really wish developers would just charge us a reasonable price for the game and move on. I hate this in-app purchase business.

But anyway, the game looks very neat and it supports multiple people in a single party so you can actually go on a quest with friends. “Quests with Friends”, sounds like a good game title. Someone should work on that.

One of the main things I’ve read is the game is quite entertaining, but you do feel like EA is trying to squeeze you for cash. Most likely because they are. I haven’t played this one yet, but it is downloading. And what a download it is, 880MB. That’s very large for an iPad game. Most of the games I play come in well under 100MB if they even get that high.

I’m all for spending a couple dollars on a quality game. But that’s where I want it to end. Once I’ve handed over some cash leave me alone and let me play. Let’s see where Ultima Forever fits into this. I can’t help myself, I have to give it a try.

Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar

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There is a lot of renewed interest in Ultima these days. We’ve seen a couple of recreations of the classic games and now we have a brand new version coming to iOS devices, especially the iPad. I’ve been longing for Ultima to make an appearance ever since I bought my first iPad three years ago. It seemed the perfect platform, but alas, neither Electronic Arts nor Lord British was able to make it happen. Until now.

The long wait is nearly over as Ultima Forever – Quest for the Avatar has been spotted in the Canadian App Store and hopefully that means a worldwide release is imminent.

Normally I shy away from “free” games especially from studios like EA and Gameloft. Their Freemium games come riddled with bugs, are light on content and heavy on asking for handouts in the form of real money to progress through the game. I’d rather buy the game and put an end to all this micro transaction business.

But this is Ultima and I’m willing to take a risk. There is an in-app purchase of keys for $1.99, but I don’t know how frequently you will need to go back to the well to replenish those. Buying two sets of those still makes this a $4 game, which sounds great to me.

The screenshots look very good and with a download size of nearly 1GB, it appears they put some time and effort into the visuals.

I can’t wait to get my hands on this release, just to try it out. I really hope EA has balanced the game play without getting manically greedy. Again, I’m more than willing to pay for the game instead of getting it for free and buying these keys.

Canada has their copy, the rest of us will just have to wait and see when we can get ours.

From Ultimate Forever – Quest for the Avatar

Set twenty-one years after the events of Ultima IV, the world of Britannia is slowly being engulfed by the Black Weep. It is a faceless plague that consumes the spiritual, instills fear in the valorous and corrupts the honorable. Lady British has called forth for heroes like you to help save the world before it is consumed by the endless dark. It’s up to you and your fellow players to help save the land. Delve into this expansive saga as you search for a cure to the Black Weep, and meet many of Britannia’s inhabitants along the way. Choices are a big part of the experience in Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar, and decisions should be made wisely as they may have a later impact.

The faceless plague of The Black Weep is creeping across the world and corrupting its inhabitants. Britannia needs heroes like you to find a cure and stop the spread of the endless dark. Will you heed the call?
Form parties with up to 3 other heroes and venture into challenging dungeons. Slay your enemies and stop The Black Weep in fast-paced co-op action combat.
Delve into an epic saga as you fight terrible foes, meet the people of Britannia, and travel across a vast open world. Immerse yourself in hundreds of hours of heroic quests and dungeon exploration.
Great danger is not without its benefits. Discover rare items and treasures to enhance your equipment and abilities. Seek out epic gear to build the perfect hero.
As you quest, you’ll have to make tough decisions, so choose wisely – there could be consequences.
Ready to become the Avatar of Renown? Experience the definitive RPG now!
Need help with Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar? Please visit www.ultimaforever.com/faqs




Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar


More brilliant musings about my adventures in New Britannia

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