Ophidian Dragon blogs his way through the entire Ultima series, from beginning to end.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Ultima VII again, sort of!

Recently I had a sudden inspiration: It might be fun to blog an experience of playing that infamous Ultima VII port for the Super NES. I remember trying it once and hating it, but at the same time being eager to see just how different the game is as you go further into it. It is interesting to me how the Ultima III and IV for the NES were in some ways superior to their PC cousins, yet the SNES Ultima VII was so much worse. I assume it has to do with the gap in time between their respective releases--NES graphics are obviously superior to the Apple II graphics, even if I always thought the NES versions were irritatingly cartoonish. I also recall how Ultima III for the NES had a little bit of additional game balancing by forcing you to get the gold and silver picks before you could go dig up the exotics. It's been too long since I played the NES version of Ultima IV to remember any major differences there. Well, besides the toilets in the hotels!

Anyway, I think I'll start that sometime soon. It should prove amusing. In the comments someone asked for my e-mail address. It seems like there ought to be a way to send a message to me through Blogger that provides your email such that only I can see it...but I can't find any such method, so you can send me an email at zacwbond@hotmail.com. I'm leery of getting new messages from spambots, but on the other hand I get so much spam already it won't matter much.

4 comments:

Handshakes said...

I kind of dig the Zelda style combat of U7 SNES, and a lot of the non-linearity of the original is intact (I think)...

But other than that, the game is a near unplayable disaster.

Gooberslot said...

I think the reason the SNES version sucked was simply lack of space on the SNES cartridges. Remember, U7 takes about 30mb of space which is nothing now but was quite a bit back then. The largest SNES rom is only 6mb.

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