Know that Britannia is about to enter a new age of enlightenment…
Woot! The Ultima retrospective is alive!
Btw, the video footer has a typo: enlighenment…
So Red Lantern Ultimate Warrior and The Guardian are now members of your rogues gallery. Where is the Green Lantern Core in all this?
So if I get this straight, what you’re telling us is that the ultimate warrior is so fucking out of his mind that giving him a red ring of rage make him sane? That does sound likely.
I know which joke it was that you were waiting to tell… it was really good.
Loved the Spinal Tap reference, hahaha…
I remember when all PC game boxes were that huge. Sounds like the game has a more annoying quest structure than trying to craft the Big Goron Sword.
Love this game, easily one of my all-time favorites. Pity the series went way downhill after this one.
So. I was all like, why doesn’t Spoony have any new videos recently. Then I see this and it all makes sense.
You were busy playing one of the best CRPGs of all time, Ultima 7.
haha epic weapon: The Hoe of Destruction. Awful enough.
Okay, Warrior Spoony is a perfect choice for the Red Ring, even if I wanted to see Spoony Prime wield it. ;)
This looks like an awesome game–very rich and deep! I played the first Wizardry game back in the day but never got ahold of any of the Ultima titles–it’s great seeing what I missed!
I have to wonder though. Was the time lord actually a Dr. Who reference? At the time the game was made, Dr. Who was as well known in the states and it could be that he thought he was making a subtle reference that not a lot of people would get. I find it hard to believe that someone as versed in the nerd universe as Richard Garriot would not catch a time lord reference.
you sure save me lots O money….
Spoony you need to shave. :(
lol, Spoony hasn’t been clean shaven since the original FF8 youtube videos.
The whole killing Lord British by dropping something on his head references an IRL event.
Spoooony! I did not only loved your video, but I also were amazed by your word dexterity in that really long description of the quest. Excellent!!
You’re not skipping right to Pagan are you? Because the next game in the story is Ultima Underworld 2. (Are you doing the Underworld games at all?) and then Serpent’s Isle.
Without SI there is a huge plot hole in how the Avatar gets to Pagan. So yeah.
I almost feel compelled to play this game just from your review. I say “almost” because I’m lazy and only have a laptop that has no space for anything like games. I like the inclusion of the Warrior and the red lantern ring. Is the “face paint” magic marker or something of that sort? Can’t wait to see the next update, or rather I don’t want to wait for the next update. It’s not like I have the means to avoid waiting for things, otherwise I’d be traveling to every Wednesday the latest releases of comic books.
Out of curiosity, which joke was the one you’ve been wanting to tell? There were several great ones, so it’s kind of hard to tell. Maybe I’m just embarrassingly uncultured in the ways of the nerd?
Does the Guardian and The Ultimate Spoony have anything to do with the Linkara saga going on right now?
Okay I’m going to stop watching the video to post this comment right now before I forget:
You said during the TGWTG panel that this joke you were so excited about making for this video involved the box… so I’m going to have to assume the joke was the Spinal Tap quote.
In which case I facepalm so hard my nails actually claw off a layer of epidermis, sir.
Awesome review for an awesome game, Spoony.
I agree with your prediction. I am left thinking “That’s it?” for your ‘awesome joke’.
Also, the Avatar floating head looks like Malibu.
Great review. Some questions though. Red Lantern Warrior, Yellow Lantern Gate Keeper, what’s next?
Given what I have heard about the Indigo Tribe, Insano would get a ring… but I want him to be Agent Orange.
Now what ring would you give yourself?
Hmm…. I’m thinking either vanilla! Green or underpowered! Blue.
how did spoony get back from the teleporter incident?
He used The Black Gate.
Wizard did it
I can’t believe you didn’t bring up the AMAZING level of interactivity in this game. Beats all the other Ultimas combined along with every other RPG at the time.
Although it’s been years since I last played Ultima 8 (the first Ultima I ever played), it’s theme music still makes me go all a-quiver.
Can I assume you’ll also be covering Ultima 7: Serpent Isle?
Am I the only one to realize how perverted “A Whole New World” sounds?
“I can open your eyes, take you wonder by wonder, over, sideways and under.”
Awesome once again, Spoony One!
And so the Harpy Immune to Magic Weapons goes ignored. It’s really only a bitch because the player likely drops normal weapons in favor of magic.
By the way, you should add an Magic Weapon Immune monster to the D&D campaign. I’m sure the others will love it.
Post-watching-whole-video comment: Game looks pretty awesome. Immersive and complex as usual.
I’m left wondering, though, why exactly the Ultimate Warrior first went “kuwabara kuwabara”? Is he a fan of Metal Gear Solid 3 or is he just trying to keep lightning from striking him? (Or does he think he’s talking to a mulberry tree? Because I wouldn’t put it past him.)
Maybe he really likes Yu Yu Hakusho?
Now I’m curious, does anybody think this dark conqueror that can travel through worlds that wants to capture earth have anything to do with Linkara’s plot with Vyse trying to stop the dark evil?
Maybe, but I personally like to think it’s that there’s just a ton of evil shit always trying to kill someone somewhere in the “reviewer universe”. I mean over in Apollo Z. Hack’s videos there’s going to be a whole apocalypse thing threatening to reboot the universe unconnected to Vyce… just a common everyday thing going on for these people.
Hey… where did Spoony come from, how can they leave that unresolved?
Your big joke was a bit sucky
wheres that joke you want to do so badly?
i think it was the spinal tap at the beging of the review…or him hyperventaling about the quest. take your pick
Oh, man, I loved this game when I was a kid. I got it in a special edition that included Serpent Isle and the add-ons and played the hell out of them. I loved the way this game had so much you could do and was nothing like the NES RPGs I’d been playing up until that point. I guess these days this would be considered “open world.” No RPG I’ve played since has ever really lived up to Ultima VII. Oddly, I never played any other Ultima games.
I’ve really been loving the Ultima videos and this one remedies the only real complaint I had with the previous ones, and that was them being too short. Since I know so little of Ultima, I enjoy how informative they are and for nearly every video, I always wished it went on a bit longer so I could see more of each game, so when I saw this one was 20+ minutes long, I was happier than normal to see an Ultima video!
And I love Spoony’s admiration of the box. He really looks like he’s found a spiritual completion as he gazes into it. I don’t know what it is, but there is something just so beautifully simplistic and almost mystical with that box, like it’s this powerful idol of pure Darkness! That’s something I’d have on open display as decor around the house.
And how odd is that, when not only the game stands out so much (and this was years before Diablo, and one year before Doom, so that kind of blood & nudity was out of the ordinary!), but even the box gets your attention and draws you in. In fact, it almost calls to me…
…GIVE ME THE BOX!
just gotta say I am loving the “Blackest Night” story arc.
Haok Hogan vs evil red Lantern Ultimate Spoony?
..I kinda want to play this now. Damn it, thanks. Now I may have to go looking for it.
THE best game in the Ultima series and one of the 5 greatest games of all time!
Interesting fact, that half-quest Spoony was describing? Before I gave I counted at least thirty separate steps to complete it. Ouch.
dude, I recognize the music that starts at 8:15, it’s from the old SNES game Actraiser, which was a totally boss game
Guardian is right to laugh off Warrior’s fear. Hogan would need 5 regeneration rings and about 20 pounds of phoenix downs to get the boot up anymore, let alone run wild on the elder god of L. Ron Hubbard
L. Ron Hubbard, Whats he going to do; use his special pedophile powers?
Don’t Laugh. Hubbard’s a level 18 encounter in the Plane of Suffering Sofas.
You forgot Tony Manero
He’s a low level mob though. You just have to aim your shots at his hair to get rid of him.
It’s not a big deal or anything but a drawing of you by me was used in the video. Though I wasn’t credited. I am still happy.
Wohoo, Sinal Tap reference at 3:02!
Spoony is the man!
It was because of him that I brought the entire Ultima series, including Underworld 1 and 2.
These games are brilliant. Even with the ‘outdated’ graphics, they are tremendous fun!
totally playing this game…love abandonia
That has to be one of the longest quest chains ever. The bit about being able to do bad things reminds me of two other games. RtZ, where I first found out that moving booze Miller was the way to proceed BY KILLING HIM! And the nuke spell in QfGV. That spell can get you an alternate ending if done after the dragon is mortal but before it flies off.
Except you don’t really kill Boos, You just knock him out. He’s back there all cheerful like next time you show up. Me, I want some DAMN RYE.
I would’ve expected the guardian to have a golden couch in his throne room.
That was enjoyable. thank you spoony.
I don’t really want to think of Spoony Warrior vomiting up his own spoiled blood.
penny arcade tee!
Crusader! Fuck yeah!
Great review, Spoony.
This is the first Ultima I played.
And sadly, the only thing I remember about it nowadays is braking it. I played hours and hours and than somehow halfway through the game managed to access some part that shouldn’t be accessed at that particular time but only much later. I didn’t realize it and continued to play, merrily overwriting all my saved games, and only later realized that this has somehow broke the game and made it unfinishable.
I never got to replaying it. Perhaps now, 20-something years later, is the right time.. :)
Awesome review for an awesome game. I just think you should have mentioned the interactivity with NPCs and objects in this game, which no other RPG released in 1992/1993 – 2011 have. I was expecting some bread baking joke, since you can get a job at Britannia’s Bakery. It blew my mind away back then.
For people interested on this game, I recommend playing with Exult, an engine remake made by fans. It adds support for high resolutions, sprite filters, smooth scrolling, better interface, etc. http://exult.sourceforge.net/download.php
Actraiser music ! YESSSSSSS
Well done Spoony.
The killing Lord British with a falling sign is a reference to real life accident where Richard Garriott was hit by an Origins sign.
Good review, but like others, I expected you to work in the full on interactivity of Ultima VII. Not to mention how every character has something to say, and is actually going to bed, going to work, etc.; being actual people as opposed to quest dispensers.
Also: Ultima Underworld 1/2? I believe the first came out after VII but before Part 2, but plays between VI and VII. Ultima Underworld 2, I believe, came out after Part 2, but plays in between VII and VII part 2. And part two is part of the Age of Armageddon, including the Guardian and another one of his schemes. It would work really well to put them in chronological order of game time.
Once again the Genius storytelling of the Spoontastic one comes out and we now have a Red lantern. Which makes the Gatekeeper, Chuckles the wonderrape clown, Black Lantern spoony possibly and now Da Ultimate Warrior, I wonder if we will see the villian from Battlefield earth take up the Orange lantern ring. I look forward to everything else Spoony.
You have to admire the villain’s ability to laugh off his failures. Really, I wish I was that well adjusted.
Damn that was cool that you will get the sword of DEATH.
You should do a video about that little forgotten gem of a game. Frustrating, but wonderful, and one of few games in which reading logbooks was actually engrossing (they were really well written, at least I thought so at the time).
BIOFORGE! Did I say that?
As much fun as it is to see you just completely rage on a movie or video game, it’s always great to see you review something you like, and even geek out a little over it. You’ve made these games look really good – even the insanely goofy moments in them.
And Ultimate Warrior as a Red Lantern? That makes way too much sense. Not sure how Atrocitus is going to handle so much Destrucity in his corps.
Too bad you can’t really play these old computer games anymore, because they only work on OBSOLETE OPERATING SYSTEMS. :(
I can’t play Myst on Vista. :(
Well, Ultima7 has Exult, an emulator written specifically for the Ultima7 engine.
Is that the reason why some of the screens show an inventory screen like in “Ultima VII Part 2: The Serpent Isle”? Because when I remember correctly, the inventory screen was not a “action puppet”. It was a static image of the character and lines indicated, which item was put where…
Indeed, they even updated the paperdolls from U7-2 with graphics for all items unique to U7-1. They also added some stuff, amongst the most useful to a hardcore fan of U7 is the option of way harder combat, with the ability to pause and give orders to your party, much akin (but really, still not the same) to RPGs like Baldur’s Gate.
The engine even comes with a (still unfinished) development platform for Ultima7-like games, and there are some new mods for both The Black Gate and Serpent Isle.
Sure you can play them on modern operating systems, through Exult or DosBox.
Hell, I last ran through U7 on a version of Exult ported to the playstation portable!
Wooo Fillmore theme!
Fumiaki Shiraishi mentioned that he was interesting in doing an actraiser sequel. It has potential, but I fear that if one ever comes it won’t do Quintet justice.
Will you do Ultima Underworld 1 and 2?
picture this spoony and hogan versus the forces of evil :D
They don’t get rid of the potential major threats because it’s a video games, doing that would make sense!
The SNES version stops the intro short of the Guardian’s villainous laughter (Mainly because it doesn’t have enough memory for extensive-at the time-voice acting), so it maintains some of the ambiguity. Not much, though, and the controls insanely and foolishly try to shove the interface into a Super NES controller, and the result’s not pretty. Really, why did they think they could do this?
Only the combined powers of Spoonyness and Hulkamania can stop the evil forces of the Warrior and his Destrucity!!! What ya gonna do brother when the 24 inch pythons and the Intellectual Fortress of Spoony run wild all over you, Brother!!!!
The colors of the Spoonymaniacs ARE COMING THROUGH THE PORES OF MY SKIN!!!
Ultimate Spoony is back! Will he still need scissors 61 and will Hokeogan still need an energon cube the size of Wyoming to defeat his Autobots?!
That’s the opening screen from U. VIII at the end! Huzzah!
My modern day pro wrestling cynicism tells me that Hogan would make a great Agent Orange (aka Orange Lantern), but I don’t know if that’s the direction Spoony will go with him.
Another Lantern faction!? This is going to make for one hell of a conclusion.
Although isn’t Spoony meant to be canonically in the Blagole?
So… that spinal tap joke was the one you were referring to? Nice accent! :D
hold the foon . crusader no remorse. i have been looking for that title for years . thanks
Love the accents spoony keep up the good work and good luck with you’re health and all
You’ve been waiting months to do a Spinal Tap joke?
You’ve been waiting months to do a Spinal Tap joke? I mean that’s cool and all… Kinda saw it coming.
So.. I suppose the demon guy was.. *que dramatic music* The Gate Keeper!
Or maybe, the Gate Cleaner?
Ohhh, Actraiser music! I spent so many hours listening to that village theme. Nice choice.
I got Ultima 7 for Christmas but my computer only had 4 megs of ram, so I couldn’t play it. Talk about a letdown…
After a while my dad upgraded our computer to 8 megs and I could *finally* play it. My little mind was blown away. My dad was watching me play it and I had just left Trinsic. I was walking past a wooded area and a deer that was hiding behind a tree ran across the screen. I’m not sure if my dad or myself was more surprised.
By the way, what did you use to play the game? Exult, or DosBox… or something else?
Well, great review!
Awesome review Spoony. I look forward to the continuation of your Ultima reviews. Gotta say, while you’re loose with the storyline compared to Linkara it’s actually pretty compelling.
Someone should tell the Guardian not to wear water wings around his neck. I live in the land of no water and I know that. He can barely keep his chin out of the pool.
What’s with that pulsating blue testicle next to the mouse at 5:55?
The Guardian wants to create Oblivion! Is he the founder of Bethesda Softworks?
That dude banging on his computer monitor must be the same guy who returned the NES after “his kids got to it” (yeah, the kids he usually drops off at the pool).
At 8:17 the game tells you what happened: “job, murder, bye, fellowship, Ellen”
Murder job was by fellowship member Ellen!
WATCH OUT, THE GUARDIAN IS COMING THROUGH THE MONOLITH! His evil plan is really to teach monkeys how to break things through the power of clumsy anger.
I Chuckles making a Gene Simmons face?
Damn, I just lost The Game, and so did you.
You have to create the Obsidian Sword in what appears to be the Anus of Fire.
Make sure not to think in your own mouth when you blow your own mind.
That looks like a business class carpet.you think the Avatar could get something with a fully reclining seat.
I use a bag to huff glue too.
Captain Hook works nights as a henchman in Bayou Billy.
As soon as I saw the cover for the game I thought:”He has to put a This is Spinal Tap reference up in this bitch”. You sir, have delivered brilliance once again.
Dude, Martian Dreams was so friggin awesome. Though to be honest, I only remember picking up a shitload of beads or something and all of my characters turning into bloody spots on the ground. Still….it was friggin awesome.
why do i want to make the most graphic and disturbing game possible now?
Nice review i really enjoyed it, especially the british accent – well done. And please keep the beard it looks good! ^^
I could have sworn I heard music from 7th Saga in there somewhere but it wasn’t in the credits.
omg, I totally thought the exact same thing! That music really took me back, like that time Spoony used Wild Arms music. Nostalgia Critic makes me nostalgic with movies and TV shows; Noah gets me with music. <3
I have to say Spoony, the new Ultimate Warrior costume looks a lot better! I know it is mostly the same but the face paint was a great touch. I still don’t know when he got dredlocks instead of 80’s metal hair, but nonetheless its a fun character for you
You Better Review Ultima Underworld 1 & 2 I Fucking LOVED those games; Also Looking foward to the review of Captain Power… I OWNED THAT SHITFEST OF A COMPLETELY BROKEN UNPLAYABLE DOS “GAME!” I FUCKING HATED IT! IT IS AN ACTION 52 LEVEL SHITFEST! And I LOVED the series. MY AUNT WORKED WITH THE CREATOR AT THE TIME!
Agh, Bioforge: “I have no wish to harm you!” *smacks the the guy in his head with his own arm* “We should not be enemies! We should work together!” *smack*
Is it just me, or do the engine and graphics for this game resemble that horrible Lord of the Rings game?
you noticed too huh. because its the same engine if I’m not mistaken.
I loved this review, I may be in the minority but I usually hate storylines in reviews so I was glad spoony in costume was right at the end
reminds me of the quest ‘one small favor’ on runescape when i played it =p long as hell and so twisted that it confused the heck out of me! :P
But now we have Red power rings of WRATH, and black rings of death, what else are we going to get?
Orange rings of Greed, Blue rings of Hope, what? what?
Chuckles got a Yellow ring last review. And I think Spoony may have been wearing an Orange ring when he was dressed as Gandalf in one of the earlier Ultima reviews. Oh, and the Guardian of the BLAGHO was wearing a yellow ring in the Alternate Pumpkinhead ending video.
I so wanna replay this, but I just know I’ll quit it halfway through or something. Still reinstalling it though.
Hey Spoony! Did you find the people that won the Immortality Contest for this game?
How the fuck can they make quests so complicated? Seems like a fun game but Christ.
That was was the idea behind alot of adventure games back in the day: make the task sound simple, but then turn it into the 12 labors of Heracles when the player wasn’t looking.
Though given how short games are now, only now do I appreciate that kind of epic scope.
By the time you started playing Ultima VII, you were trained in note taking. The quests are only about three times longer then they are in Ultima V, and about one and a half longer then in Ultima VI. If you didn’t have a spiral notebook full of every conversation you were having in the game, and notes on where you were going and what you were doing, you probably were using a clue book… and sometimes, you were doing BOTH.
Ultima isn’t the worse when it comes to this kind of adventure. Try some of the Infocom games if you want to blow your mind on the level of note keeping you had to do.
That quest chain makes no since everybody knows the answer to life, the universe, and everything is 42.
Great review! Good to see a cheerful Spoony again :D
Great review as always. I’m not much of a videogame nerd, and never had ANY interest in PC games, even as a kid, but I still find lots to laugh at in your vids. Loved your “Spinal Tap” joke (nice impression), and yay for killing Lord British. What a prick.
*revives you with CPR so that you can do more reviews*
*points at the screen* THE SAVAGE EMPIRE! I remember playing that game when I was a kid but could not for the life of me remember what it was! And it was an Ultima game the whole time!
(And it was hard to find but we somehow got it in AUSTRALIA? WTF.)
And no wonder my sister and I couldn’t finish it – the latter part of your review gave me flashbacks to how lost we got with the goddamn quests. But I really hope you do Savage Empire, it’s like nostalgic heaven for me!
Batlin’s portrait is a spitting image of L. Ron Hubbard.
..and then there were Malloy and Owings in the dungeon Covetous. They’re a reference to Laurel and Hardy.
Can’t wait for Serpent’s Isle 8D
“How much more black can this be, the answer is none”, what is the reference here? I remember the Nerd using it as well.
It is a reference to Spinal Tap.
BEST REVIEW so far.
I need to get the ultima collection so I can have all these games.
Another fun little tidbit: the two bad guys you spend most of the time chasing are named Eve and Abraham… E and A… EA.
While I guess the game gives you enough rampant destruction to fill a lifetime, I’m still a little cheesed that you don’t get a climactic final fight with The Guardian himself.
Though hearing him do the whole fist shaking, “Damn you , Avatar!” thing makes me grin.
I realized something when the game showed the face of the time lord, it was actually the 2nd doctor. check out this image for proof: http://politics.nashvillepost.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/second_doctor.jpg
This means that Spoony’s not that timelord comment somewhat false.
I hear Scientologists are going after Dead Space 2 claiming it attacks them. Why didn’t they complain about this?
Aww… was there no way you could have mentioned that if you died, the game taunted you? Poor Avatar. Poor, Poor A-Ve-tar. Mwhahahaha! That was like the thing that drove me to go SO FAR into the game until we hit the bug that made the game unwinable.
Still, it was a lot of fun. Not as much fun as Ultima V, but it was a lot of fun.
I never beat this game as a child, but this and Ultima Underworld 2: The Stygian Abyss are my earliest memories of playing RPGs. They were too complex for me when I discovered them. I love this game. It was the first time I played a game with…you know….a story. That and the speech blew my mind in the 90’s.
I love the Warrior bit at the end.
And with this, I have noe seen every video review on your site. Awesome.
The first Underworld is The Stygian Abyss. I can’t remember the subtitle of the second one, though, as I never played that one. But the first is definitely The Stygian Abyss, as I did play that one.
Oh, the reason that your companions, including Lord British, survived the 200 years, (and not other people), is because they are from other worlds as well. Some, like Lord British, is even from Earth. They have thus taken a bit of their own universe’ time flow with them, and get to live longer on Britannia. But not as long as if they had been in their own world, notice how your companions have aged, especially Iolo, while you the Avatar have not. (Of course, despite living longer in an absolute outside multiverse perspective, it would have been a lot shorter in relative terms – living multiple decades versus living multiple centuries. Time hurts my brain…)
Another fun Wing Commander reference in Ultima Games.
In Ultima Underworld 2 you encounter these psychic tiger type creatures who refer to themselves as the “Trilkhai”. They want to learn about what their history was so you have to speak to the wisps to get it. They tell you that the Trilkhai used to fly through space and shoot fireballs.
Bonus points since Trilkhai is an anagram of Kilrathi.
Awesome British accent, Spoony.
MOst darkest game i played was dead space 2 elementary school level with zombie infected babys and toddlers attacking you and screaming with childrens voices while seeing some crazy mom huggin her zombie infected baby and getting killed.
What are you gonna do Guardian when all the Spoonaholics and Hulkamania run wild all over you!!!!!! now pose and flex.
That Obsidian Sword you talked about that steals people’s souls with the touch of death made me instantly think of Frostmourne from Warcraft.
Frostmourne? lol Soul Edge could beat up that pansy any day!
Ahem… you mean Stormbringer from Michael Moorcock’s books (The Stealer of Souls, Stormbringer, etc.)
The video won’t play. It says it may have been deleted.
This seems to happen from time to time on these sites. But all I need to do is reload the page, sometime trice but it’s not too bad
The video won’t play for me either.
I think it was just too violent for provider :D it’s nothing bad about it for me
I found the video here: http://blip.tv/file/4711382/
Played this game for the psp and snes but could not get any farther then pawns (i think that’s what the town name is) anyways im trying get used to the game :/
Okay, explaining the insanely complex quest for the Time Lord? Both hilarious and completely and utterly awesome!
I remember my older cousins playing Ultima 5 or 6 when I was just a small child, and being utterly jealous that A) I wasn’t allowed to play it, and B) my computer was one of the first iteration of macs (for those of you who remember the macs from the early ’90s, you know my pain). And then Ultima 7 came out and none of us was allowed to play it, because the content was too violent. However, having seen this I am incredibly tempted to find a copy.
This was a brilliant review, with sharp insight and analysis while being funny enough to give me a headache from laughing too much (which was an entirely new experience for me… and one I’m intensely trying to forget). It has been a very bright highlight in a week that hasn’t been the most forgiving for me health-wise (I’m starting to suspect that some of my organs are having secret councils and conspiring against me… it’s a good thing I’m not a paranoid conspiracy theorist), so thankyou for both the review and its timely release.
You too? Darn, all the forums I visit seem to have people that have gotten violently ill this week. I’m beginning to see a pattern.
I brought the ultima collection and Underworld 1 and 2 on e-bay.
The seller had also made a special program that runs the game on vista and xp using dosbox, so all you need to do is run the setup program and it does it for you.
the manuals are all on the cd’s and I have found no problems so far in any of the games.
Get these games, they are a delightfull blast to the past, plus they’re just plain damn fun to play!
That’s actually a really good idea. If I can get a copy that runs off vista without too many problems I’ll probably be okay. The real issue is that my laptop is getting very worn around the edges and has a horrible habit of completely crashing if it feels like it. Ah well, I have to upgrade at some point in the next two months anyway…
Heh this was the first game i ever played.
I was 5 years old and me being finnish i remember figuring out what the hell was going on was huge task and i was asking constantly my parents to translate the text.
I did not get far in the game, but the Ultima name has stucked in my mind since then and i was actually just couple of months ago visiting my parents looking if the box was still somewhere, unfortunately could not find it.
I love where the “story” is going! This was an entertaining review and I look forward to the upcomings as well! Keep it up Noah! You have my support.
What’s up with the music from actraiser at 10:10?
I was thinking the exact same thing. Why Actraiser music?
Hey, were you using music from Act Raiser, or was that same music in this game as well???
I miss the good old days of Might and Magic, Wizardry, and Ultima.
AWESOME , these games are truly amazing
Oh man, when he fights the Hulkster, Ultimate Warrior needs to yell “HOOOOOOOGAN!” while wearing a monocle.
He just does.
This was awesome. Keep up the great stuff. I wish I had more to say, but I used up all my Witty Comment Coins arguing with people on YouTube.
You forgot to mention the awful Snes port, which does’t play anything like the DOS version and it’s censored to death.
Huzzah! You finally made it to (the first half of) the best Ultima! :)
AT LAST! YESSSSSSS! I’ve been waiting for this one for sooooo long! -XD
Great Review, but I have one complaint. Spoony left out a great moment to quote Spaceballs after the long quest explaination.
“You got that, good”
I was waiting for this one, and you didn’t disapoint. This is the game that I use as a yard stick to judge all RPG’s that have come after it. A sort of gold standerd, so to speak. Awsome review, can’t wait to see 8 and 9. It must be nice getting to the end of the seerees.
Ahh, man. Is Warrior trying to take over the world AGAIN?
When is he not?
Damn, the Ultima VIII theme… playing… so… epic. Brings so many memories… I feelin’ nostalgic, can’t wait to see Pagan’s review.
Damn! that’s a cool looking game
complicated but cool
music’s pretty kick ass too
nice to see more Ultima
How many takes did you do for the quest explanation?
Spoony I – Black Lantern Ring
The Gate Cleaner – Yellow Lantern Ring
Warrior – Red Lantern Ring …
And the plot thickens …
As for the Intro: war, war never changes.
Nice spinal tap reference :) btw have you ever played Ultima Online?
It’s nice to see Spoony back, but out of curiosity, how did you escape the Blagho?
Nope, sorry. Can’t take a villain who looks THAT MUCH like Hellboy seriously. I honestly expected to hear Ron Perlman’s voice coming out of him saying “Oh crap”
Something to note, Hellboy came out a full year after U7.
That red face (that comes out of the screen) reminds me so much of Willem DaFoe.
I thought he would have brought up that you can actually choose not to destroy the black gate but walk through it to return to Earth.
8:06 I swear, I could almost hear you say “Are you stupid or something? Who the hell do you think I am? I’m the gosh darned Avatar!”
WHICH EPISODE IS THE ONE WHERE THE WORRIOR TURNS INTO A RED LANTERN???????
Where can I get this game for the Mac?
“THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE YOU IMMORTAL FUCK”
BEST LINE EVER
Hey….you played the tune from Quest of the Long Bow, And to put your minds at ease,
We currently have:
Spoony (formally) owning the Black Ring, Green maybe?
Chuckles & Gate Cleaner:The Yellow Ring
Gandalf Spoony, if you pause it just right he’s were the pink Sapphire ring
Dr.Insano is wearing Green oddly enough, I though he would have Orange,
Ultimate Warrior has red ring
Oh and in turns out that Titus if look back carefully you will notices he’s been capture by Insano
So Titus still has a black ring
Great episode Spooney cant wait to see more
orbital wobble haha! loved the non-pause rant and the cpr-picture of you biting your lower lip
I’d pay to hear Spoony tell us all the quests in one go and all the side-quests within the main quests as well in the same manner as which he detailed to us the quest for the time lord.
Seriously, it was awesome just listening to this walkthrough-like moment.
you should play Diablo 1.. it is close to satanic as a pc game can be (in my oppinion) it has dark storylines and enemys. the sequel diablo 2 is a good game but it lacks what the first one had… Diablo 3 is comming out and it would be a great vid if you review them.
Did Diablo 1 have a storyline? If I recall correctly, D1 was about a guy going to kill Satan through some randomly-generated dungeons filled with monsters and loot. That’s only about the level of “storyline” seen in the average Mario game.
The story is that Diablo and his brothers came to the earth to unleash evil across the land. Many people tend to cut the cinamatics and many other scenes that gives you the part of the main story and just do quest. If you play it while listening to all the quest and watching cinamatics you will be surprised to find a pretty decent story. mario is just princess is captured and you have to rescue her.. but Diablo (well first one) is that he was originally locked in a tomb but found a way to take over another person’s body. and that was a king’s son, since he was binded by the horadric(kinda like seven mages in Zelda) he couldn’t possess strong person but weak like a teen or woman.
as you do quest and finding books in dungeons you will find back story of how the diablo and his brothers came to be and many other information that goes well with the story. YES it is about killing Satan and is done but you don’t kill him… because in the first one they didn’t know HOW to kill him(diablo 2 explains that soul stone must be destroyed). In the end hero sticks diablo’s soul stone on his head to bind diablo onto his body and you see the trailer for the next game(diablo inside hero is getting stronger)
That’s *backstory*, not storyline. Storyline is what happens to you and other characters while you’re playing a game. Backstory is, well, backstory. Stuff that happened before.
Backstory is easily the laziest form of “storytelling” in videogames. It’s basically shipping a companion novel with a game, except that you have to find it during the game.
Though to be fair, it’s better than the not-story that Torchlight had. So that’s something.
Sooo… the Ultimate Warrior (HOAKOGAN!) is from Pagan?… explains a lot, I suppose.
Great review! But I don’t remember it being so obvious at the beginning of Ultima 7 that the Guardian and The Fellowship are connected. Your first hint is the “passion play” that those Fellowship actors are putting on outside of Trinsic where they use the words “companion,” “provider,” and “master,” which are the words the Guardian says at the end of his speech in the intro. But the connection is readily apparent until later in the game, from what I remember. I could be wrong though.
I wonder if this series will lead up to UO, I can’t imagine Spoony didn’t play that. Although it might be hard getting footage from the early years (1997) and imho those years are the only ones worth reviewing, the game went downhill with UO:R
Hey, I can’t seem to see the whole episode. It gets to the middle point where I get some adverts. Then it just goes to the finished video screen. I have tried skipping straight to the second half but I get the same problem. Ad’s then finished screen.
I have tried on safari and firefox.
The Ultima games, ever Since U4, have ALWAYS been about ethics. Just because you CAN do something doesn’t mean you should. But the game designers give you the option anyway because they want you to make that choice for yourself. That is why you can rob every house, defraud every merchant and ruthlessly kill (nearly) every NPC, either manually or with the Armageddon spell, thereby wrecking the game. But: You can also bake bread with the baker, turn wheat into flour, pick pumpkins, settle civil disputes and relationship issues, and generally be a good samaritan around Britannia. None of these things are integral to the plot but they all define what kind of character you choose to be, which is the essence of role-playing.
Instead of having your behavior defined by your alignment like in D&D, instead your character is defined by his actions — how he treats others, how he interacts with the game world, and how he solves quests (there is more than one way to solve many of them, not all of which are ethical). You can be an asshole or a thief, a murderous psychopath or a saint. The game world will respond positively or negatively to your actions (there are consequences to nearly everything you do), and this is the point the Ultima games are making in the first place.
I’m surprised you haven’t figured this out yet, Spoony.
But it breaks the game. In a game like D&D, you can shift the game to be about the aftermath of your evil bloodthirsty rampage. In a videogame, if you go too far thats it game over.
Yes but that’s always going to be the great advantage of P&P RPGs over Video Game RPGs: adaptability.
In the end, all video games can only go so far and can only respond to a set number of actions and events. The human imagination has no such boundaries. As CS Lewis once said: “It is the mind which is endless, an arena for our soul to soar”.
See, this is why I am such a hardcore Tabletop gaming fan.
For now at least. With the whole emphasis on player created items and storylines, like in the Elder Scrolls Series, we may one day have a visual medium that can adapt to any situation or game style, given enough time and effort.
The only thing that breaks the game is killing everyone on the planet… or at the very least, NPCs integral to the main plot (they number less than 1% of total game denizens). Just because the temptation is available does not mean that it’s preferable. If it takes killing everyone on the planet to realize killing everyone on the planet is wrong and the price you pay for unleashing such evil is a broken game so you have to start over…… then the ethics have done their job. Start a new game, play it properly like an actual hero, and try not to be such a dick.
This is the message Ultima teaches us, and it’s something Richard Garriott has felt strongly about ever since parents groups complained that the gameplay of Ultima III (which required killing whole towns full of people over and over again to advance in level, to say nothing of the game’s demonic box art) was giving users the wrong impression. This was the impetus that led to the moralistic Ultima IV and the groundbreaking Age of Virtue games that followed.
(besides, I’ve had more than a few DMs kill off my character just for spite. At least CRPG logic is consistent with your actions)
well all of the Ultima games besides IX which was about ripping your hair out because you cant figure out why it wont run.
You need a shave, Spoony.
Dear Richard Garriet,
REMAKE THESE AWESOME GAMES!! Remake them with new graphics but the same story. I know that you only got the characters rights but still you can do it. You are a god among nerds. PLEASE!
Why? You just need to find the right outlets that offer proper emulation of them, hell some places have (legally) made the 4th game legal for free, there’s no need for a remake if you do not intend to bring something to the table other than graphics. :|
Well, movies do that all the time. Why not games?
HAHA, fantastic review. The quests are insane.
At the end of that game it makes me think of the Zelda: Faces of Evil dialogue, “Not into the pit! IT BURNS!!!”
MAH AVATAH, DIS PEACE IS WHAT ALL TRUE WARRIORS STRIVE FOR!
I would have never been able to get through this game even halfway; my tiny american attention span couldn’t take the quests.
Avatar! The world is in peril! The severed dick of Exodus is punching dimensional holes in Britannia. You must GO FORTH, and find the magical ether stone needed to tame this world destroying boner.
The best part about Ultima 7 was that your guys were always hungry. There’s nothing like spoon-feeding your companions to make you feel like a hero.
nice spinal tap reference there at the start.
The minute some red ape-faced Hellboy wannabe sticks his head out of my computer monitor to talk about being my “provider,” I’m spamming the PrntScrn key and sending jpegs to the sex offender’s registration website.
Ultima 7: Chris Hansen’s Quest
an evil entity on one’s computer saying they are now your provider, oh crap, it’s AT&T!
It’s wierd that the Super NES version that I have doesn’t have the intro that the PC version has
The SNES version of U7 is actually vastly different / modified from the PC version.
Hmmm did anyone notice the character on the box for Crusader at the beginning looks just like a Clone trooper?? Guess Origin really was waaaaay ahead of their time hehe..
Hey Spoony, I’m thinking of righting a fanfiction about you based on the end of this review, is it alright if I do that?
what is the song at the end? or at least, which of the sources is it from?
The song during the credits is from Ultima VIII: Pagan. The snippet at the very end is the “Stones” theme which appears in most of the Ultima games.
Are you ever going to review other old PC RPGs? Like the remaining Ultima games?
Wondering this too. I’m especially interested to know what you’ll have to say about Ultima VIII: PAGAN
spoony did say that he would be reviewing every game in the ultima series, its just a matter of time and if he can stay in health enough to do them
I dunno. I think the Time Lord is probably a reference to the Doctor, since I always thought he looked kinda Tom Baker-esque.
okay I kind of thought that too when I first saw the image during the review
I sure hope he changes his mind about Worlds of Ultima.
Oh God, this storyline must be completed. Spoony, only one man can save us from the end of the world. White Lantern Macho Man Randy Savage.
The whole “Hoe of Destruction” thing just reminds me of Tales of Symphonia, where the second or third best weapons in the game are all joke weapons – paper fans, tambourines, baseball bats and shit like that. It’s an awesome idea, though – the Hoe of Destruction sounds awesome.
A baseball bat isn’t a joke weapon. You ever been hit by one? Shit hurts.
It’s a joke weapon because they don’t have baseball in that world. >_> Shouldn’t have had to point that out.
I still like how appropriate that tune from Actraiser is for anything ye olde fantasy.
Someone know, from where is this music during credits? :|
Great review Spoony:)
It’s the main theme (Pagan’s Theme) from Ultima 8.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVAzTBbK-Jo Here it is
After watching this i went back to play ultima 7.Iin the first town, i robed it blind then left. As soon as i
walked out a wolf came and killed spark instantly. i went after the wolf
for revenge but it knocked me out and iolo fled. i then got knocked out
again by another wolf so i ran back to town and opened my backpack to
heal… in a guards way who then killed me. so in total everyone died…
i turn off my pc.
A classic game ! I used to put barrels on the carpet so I could loot as much as I wanted, and carry back the dead home. I also used to murder the Mint cashier in order to get the mint’s backdoor keys where lots of gold was just lying there. I’d then ask Lord British to resurrect the cashier and have her change the gold bars into coins so I could spend them. Ah, sweet memories. Did only finish it once, though, but boy did i have fun !
This game is the reason I switched from Commodore 64 to PC. I didn’t have to upgrade until Wing Commander III came out, forcing me to buy 4 more megs of RAM, for $200, from a guy in a mall parking lot. No kidding.
EA… Electronic Arts… Clever reference, Garriot…
Hey Spoony, isn’t Lord British having an affair with his chambermaid? Where’s that for showcasing his douchiness?
Batman: Nudist living in a nest of giant bees. Bees…my god!!
I dont know why but I had to watch this review twice. I think I need to watch it again… I feel like im missing something here… I might end up watching this review over 4 times..
“You can kill the shit out him!” I loved that part. It was so heartfelt. :)
If you thought Chuckle’s game was bad, it got worse in the German translation. It was completely impossible to understand the rules of the game. Any rule and systematic was completely lost in translation. It was only years later when I played the original English version which came with the U7+U7-2 collector’s edition, that I understood that it was non-random.
Up to that point I thought Chuckle’s “game” was just him being an ass, and thought it was supposed to be completely random.
I so want an audio file of “There can be only one, you immortal fuck!” If you ever let us download audio drops for a fee, Spoony please do that one.
Would so love to donate for sound files vs. pics :D
anyone think it would have been better if the fellowship were the ones who are meant to kill the guardian but he tricks the avatar that they are the bad guys wink wink
Soooo you DID fight the “headless,” from Underworld: The Stygian Abyss, in a previous Ultima game, 11:08?
While I am watching this, I see a gog.com advertisment for Phantasmagoria.
Just wanted to say that. Thought it was a cool coincidence.
Took me a while, but I noticed 0:04 you have Persona 4 in awesome games..
Spoony, you have been promoted from God of Awesome to Epic God of Awesome.
I love the extra emphasis on the line about confronting Batlin with his lies. Bad enough we already know he’s a villain, the guy lied right to our faces!
Dude, you said yourself, the Worlds of Ultima games are free on GOG, now you’ve got no excuse not to play them.
I just realised how much the Guardian looks like Red from the NES Godzilla Creepypasta…
Yeah… no. Not particularly similar.
Thanks for showing me that though. Interesting stuff… for awhile. Story was hard to take seriously. But lots of dedication! I enjoyed seeing all of his sprite work.
THE HOE OF DESTRUCTION!
At about 3:27-30 The audio seems to skip and the Guardian appears to say “Know” twice. I dont remember that occuring when the review first came out…
Ultima VII, the black album. XD
…I recognize that music. It’s from Actraiser! :D
I had to figure out how to upgrade and eventually build a computer myself. I even melted down a motherboard once. The smell was amazing.
I have only played one game where you see a child die on screen, Mother 3. And while there is no blood, in theory, it is quite graphic.
Your companions, Lord British, and probably a few others (possibly Chuckles..) Are from other worlds just like you. That’s why they’re still alive.
I played this Game on Snes and a lot of stuff was taken out. There are no Companions,Spells are completely different and above all there’s a bug where you can repetitively claim quest rewards
no just everything
It’s a good thing I bought the pc game recently :P
there are only three thing that are the same between the two games, sprites, characters, and story.
With some content edited. For example The Avatar is investigating “Disappearances” not “Murders”
Yeah they wanted to keep their “family friendly” image.
There also is a bug where the Avatar can repetitively claim quest rewards
it really isn’t to bad but it could have been a lot better
his is my favorite ultima game and my favorite game altogether
Savage Empire is now avalible for free on GoG so you can do your review on it:)
To be fair, the sword actually says it can’t kill Batlin because Batlin’s protected by a power even greater than the sword — ie: the Guardian.
So why doesn’t he protect his other minions so that they can kill your ass? What Spoony said is basically right.
Because they aren’t as useful as he thinks Batlin will be.
I still don’t understand why the Chuckles stinger was removed, but this stinger was kept in…
The Chuckles stinger was removed due to Oreo eating the Costume, negating any possibility of continuing the chuckles plot, while the Ultimate warrior costume not only survived the puppy eats everything stage, but has been upgraded several times.
Why is it called a “stinger”?
I don’t know.
I love that Spoony used the music from the sim mode of ActRaiser for this. That was another classic game I dearly loved that, sadly, did not get a sequel as good as Ultima.
I still think this is the BEST RPG EVAR.
Just wondering, but are you going to finish Deadly Premonition?
he said that he doesn’t want to finish DP because he’s bored with it haha
Re: the Kilrathi crossover. If you’ve ever looked at the Serpent Isle map, there’s an island off the coast that you never visit which is called either Claw Isle or Cat Isle. Back during the development phase, that island was supposed to have a crashed Kilrathi fighter on it, and a village whose people worshipped the pilot as a god. I’m so pissed that got cut! They ended up using the Kilrathi sprite for one of the npcs you meet in the SIlver Seed add-on.