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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Old Game Reviews: Ultima 3 Exodus

After Bard’s Tale 2, I had become a CRPG addict. I would go out and try to find other fantasy games that complimented Bard’s Tale. There was a feature in Bard’s Tale that allowed you to import characters from a few other games, including Ultima 3. Since I was struggling a bit with Bard’s Tale 2 in the beginning, I wanted to use this tool to gain a bit of power. But before that, I also found myself struggling in this early hardcore style adventure.

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