Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny



Santa has come early!

Atari Legend is playing Santa with a fantastic run-up to Christmas by releasing something special every day throughout December. It wasn't until the 7th when they released an HDD-patched download of Ultima 5 did I become intrigued. I've not played any Ultima before and this looks especially interesting so I had to try it!

The land of Britannia has lost its king, Lord British and is now ruled by a tyrant called Blackthorn. Okay, it all sounds corny and the visuals might not rock the Bitmap Bros off top spot - but when did great graphics ever matter to the gameplay? I mean, just look at Rogue which I found to be a breathtaking experience. Nuff said.

Okay, let's check out some screenshots...


Looks like I'm in a pretty cosy place and very glam too.

Okay, let's get out and explore the lush countryside.

Oh no, a two-headed Ettin has found me when walking over the hills...

I'm too weak and need better weapons - I should have run away!


First Impressions

Creating yourself a character is an unusual affair. It's something I didn't expect, but this process got little Stevie configured and straight into the thick of it. Boy, are there a large number of keys to learn for each and every action and interaction within your surroundings. This place is huge and the battles are very hard so exploring Britannia is going to be lots of fun (or agony?). But I can take it!!

I've genuinely enjoyed my first couple of games: a lovely country walk through grasslands and forests until I came upon a small bridge - with a Troll. Luckily I made it across without him noticing me but I then ran into some red demons who decided that they wanted a piece of us. Yep, my first battle didn't go down well if I'm honest - DEAD! But wait, I think I've been resurrected for another bash! Let's hope I can do better...

This is one seriously addictive and immersive RPG...

Vicious snakes decide to spit venom at our plucky adventurers.

Now I feel Ultima V is finally starting show its true colours.

What a game and I must say that I adore the graphical style and detail. Amazing!
Hey look, I've just found a map! Time for a drink before leaving...


My plans have now changed!!

Yep, I plan on spending the Christmas holidays in the world of Ultima V - with whiskey, turkey butties and mince pies!! I'm really looking forward to learning more about Ultima V and have enjoyed a few interesting attempts (ahem failures). I'm now excited to take this game seriously and see how my next adventure plays out...

My thanks to everyone over at Atari Legend for these daily treats!!
Keep up the great work and STay Atari.

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