Old Game Reviews: Ultima 5 Warriors of Destiny

Ultima 5 probably had one of the most endearing stories in CRPG history. It took the virtues that were setup in Ultima 4 and inversed them to create an oppressive universe. Rather than seeking enlightenment, you seek to uncover the disappearance of Lord British while learning about his successor, Lord Blackthorne, who has perverted the teachings of virtues.

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Old Game Reviews: Master of Orion II Battle at Antares

I received a copy of this game I believe either in my 2nd or 3rd year in college. Easily, I must have spent countless hours, even way passed its published date, playing this game. I never played the original nor did I try the follow up one, despite the fact that one of my TAs and roommates in college worked on it. Either way, it’s a huge stand out game for me which is why I decided to review it.

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Old Game Reviews: Might and Magic 8 Day of the Destroyer

Might and Magic 8 would be the last great Might and Magic ever made. While the game legacy would continue when Ubisoft acquired the rights to the brand, the same vision and sentiment would never be the same. Might and Magic 8 for me was the best of the 6-8 game series engine, even though it didn’t really revolutionize what 6 had started. More or less, Might and Magic 8 felt like a really polished version of what 6 was but it did have a variety of unique elements in a CRPG, which is why I enjoyed it more than 6 and 7.

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Old Game Reviews: Ultima 6 The False Prophet

As the Ultima series continued to evolve, the complexity of the game, world and storyline also increased. Ultima 6 for me is by far my favorite Ultima in the series. At this point, the game was far ahead of everything in the market when it came to RPG style world building and you felt that the land was alive in handling various environmental conditions. I am jumping ahead of Ultima 5, but I may cover that in a later review.

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Old Game Reviews: Ultima 4 Quest of the Avatar

For my money objectively speaking, Ultima 4 Quest of the Avatar is perhaps the greatest CRPG in existence. Certainly, there are more advanced CRPGs, ones with better content, mechanics, combat systems, etc. However, Ultima 4 did what few games have done which is bringing actual role playing into an otherwise hack-n-slash themed universe. The game was far ahead of its time and tries to teach people on a fundamental level how to be a good person.

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Old Game Reviews: Wizard’s Crown

Prior to the gold box set AD&D games, SSI had Wizard’s Crown, which I heard had the basis for the combat engine for the gold box series. Wizard’s Crown was one of the original true hardcore CRPGs and quite difficult even when you had the game set to the lowest difficulty level (and I believe there was one at the time). It had a very interesting system to say the least, which is why I wanted to do a review.

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Game of Thrones: Sansa’s Conflict in Season 7

While the North’s primary conflict will be setting up in preparation for the highly anticipated eventual confrontation with the White Walkers, the second probable confrontation will be an internal one that is festering between Jon Snow and Sansa Stark. Re-watching a few key scenes with Sansa Stark and Jon Snow’s interactions as well as off-screen material, I want to provide some possible insight into how things may play out.

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