Spam Spam Spam Humbug: Episode 32 – Ranking the Ultima Games
Slashing Dragon recently posted, on his blog, his ranking of the Ultima games. And while he lists the games in chronological order of their release, he appends his ranking to the end of his discussion of each entry in the series. He also makes the interesting move of grouping Akalabeth, Ultima Underworld, and Ultima Underworld 2 into a separate category, apart from the main series games; his reasoning for this is that these games feature a different world scale than the others, and as such merit consideration separately.
And he also mentions, but doesn’t rank, several spin-offs of the Ultima series, including Savage Empire and Martian Dreams, Escape from Mt. Drash, and the Runes of Virtue games. Really, it’s well worth taking the time to read through Slash’s list; he spells out his reasons for ranking each game as he has, and does so concisely and with brevity.
Anyhow, as this is the last Spam Spam Spam Humbug episode of 2015 (yes!) other than one or two more Byte-Sized Virtue shorts, we thought that it might be fun to sit down as a group and offer up our own rankings of the Ultima games, from our least favourite ones to our most favourite ones.
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