Foundational RPG 'Ultima IV' released for free
Friday 02 September 2011
Ultima IV has been re-conditioned for modern computers and released as a free download for Windows PCs by Good Old Games.
The 1985 classic injected a potent dose of relevance into the role-playing genre with its complex web of moral choices.
Its legacy can still be seen today in series such as Mass Effect, The Witcher and Fallout, which seek to present players with ambiguous choices and uncertain choices.
Ultima designer Richard Garriott came up with the term "Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game" to describe Ultima Online, a genre now synonymous with World of Warcraft and its legion of would-be successors.
Electronic Arts' online store Origin also happens to sport the same name as the company they bought from Garriott back in 1992.
Players of Ultima IV are on a quest, though: unlike many other RPGs, theirs is a quest to prove themselves a worthy leader - a theme revisited by the modern Fable games.
Ultima IV was previously released for free by Electronic Arts but, unlike the GOG.com version, that download required the additional program DOSBox in order to work properly.
Ultima IV at Good Old Games: http://www.gog.com/en/gamecard/ultima_4
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