[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Crusader: No Remorse

December 28th, 2015 by Benj Edwards

Origin Crusader No Remorse PC Advertisement - 1995Beware the tiny red man

[ From Computer Gaming World, September 1995, back cover ]

Discussion Topic of the Week: What's the best non-Ultima game Origin ever made?

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[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Ultima VII For SNES

November 16th, 2015 by Benj Edwards

Origin FCI Pony Ultima The Black Gate for SNES Super NES Ultima VII port advertisement - 1994This keychain looks like it would hurt in your pocket

Here we see an ad for the Super NES version of Ultima VII: The Black Gate. Apparently, when VII received its port to Nintendo's console, its Roman numeral designation got the axe. As a result, the title became merely Ultima: The Black Gate.

I'm not a big fan of the SNES ports of the Ultima games (VI and VII). In the process of chopping things down to fit in a reasonably-sized ROM cartridge, a lot of content and features were lost (including the Roman numeral in this case). But at the same time, those ports likely gave console fans a taste of the Ultima universe that they would not have had otherwise.

As for me, I was lucky enough to originally play the Ultima games on the PC (and the Atari ST, in the case of Ultima III), so I guess I am spoiled.

[ From Electronic Gaming Monthly, November 1994, p.100]

Discussion Topic of the Week: In your opinion, what's the best console port of any Ultima game?


See Also:

Ultima VII Immortality Contest (RSOTW, 2007)
Ultima VI (RSOTW, 2009)
Ultima V (RSOTW, 2009)
The Savage Empire (RSOTW, 2010)
Tiny Pocket Ultima (RSOTW, 2013)

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[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Tiny Pocket Ultima

January 7th, 2013 by Benj Edwards

Origin FCI Ultima Runes of Virtue for Game Boy ad - 1991Ultima: Runes of Virtue for the Game Boy

I'm not a huge fan of Ultima: Runes of Virtue for the Game Boy. However, its sequel, Runes of Virtue II on the SNES (which was also released on the Game Boy) is quite an interesting action RPG to me — despite its general clunkiness. It feels sort of like a Zelda title set in the Ultima universe with Ultima VII-style graphics.

Just a small administrative note: I'm moving the Retro GIF of the Week column to Fridays. So expect the next entry in that column this Friday.

[ From Video Games and Computer Entertainment, August 1991, p.27 ]

Discussion Topic of the Week: If EA made a new core Ultima game today (think Ultima X — and no, not the failed MMO), would you buy it?

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[ Retro Scan of the Week ] The Savage Empire

January 18th, 2010 by Benj Edwards

Origin Worlds of Ultima Savage Empire Ad - 1990Meanwhile, the cover remained a one-fist affair.

I love Ultima VI, so it's excellent that Origin made two spin-off games using the same engine. I've played Martian Dreams, the other Worlds of Ultima game, but never The Savage Empire. Is anybody out there a fan?

[ From Video Games and Computer Entertainment, November 1990, p.155 ]

Discussion Topic of the Week: Which is best: The Savage Empire or Martian Dreams?

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[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Ultima VI

October 12th, 2009 by Benj Edwards

Ultima VI PC Game Advertisement - 1991The Avatar: crushing gargoyles like roaches since 1985.

[ From Video Games and Computer Entertainment, January 1991 ]

Discussion Topic of the Week: I've already asked you what your favorite Ultima game was. What's your least favorite game in the Ultima series? Which one do you think is the worst?

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[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Ultima V

February 2nd, 2009 by Benj Edwards

Origin Ultima V Commodore 64 Ad - 1988(click to see full scan)

[ From Compute's Gazette for Commodore Users, December 1988 ]

Discussion topic of the week: What's your favorite entry in the Ultima computer game series?

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[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Ultima VII Immortality Contest

July 9th, 2007 by Benj Edwards
Ultima VII Contest Flier
Once upon a time, Origin ran a contest in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the Ultima series. The developer included a "black orb of the moons" (a piece of polished obsidian) in most boxed copies of Ultima VI, released in 1990. But in the case of ten lucky owners, they included a reproduction of an Ultima rune (I assume ten, anyway — it's the number of runes pictured on the flier). Folks who found a rune in their box automatically won a spot as an NPC character in Ultima VII. Click on the image above to see the full flier describing the contest.

I've read about people winning the Ultima VII contest somewhere before, so I assume Origin went through with it. Did anybody out there get a rune or otherwise become an NPC in Ultima VII? By all means, let us know!

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