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Ultima Online is reborn

Ultima Online is reborn

Ultima Online has undergone a massive overhaul with the Kingdom Reborn patch.

MMOs are everywhere today it seems and, no sooner have I finished a story about one games seven day free trial then another comes along to top it.

Sigh.

Still, the 14 day free trial being offered by EA to help celebrate the tenth anniversary of Ultima Online isn't the biggest news about the game. Instead, it's all about the massive new update which the has just been applied to the game - an update so massive it's given the game a brand new subtitle.

Ultima Online: Kingdom Reborn is an attempt to revamp the graphics of what many recognise as the first mainstream MMORPG game, as well as tweak many of the game systems to bring the ten year old back up to date. Think of it as the computer game version of cosmetic surgery and hip replacement.

The engine underneath the game has been completely replaced with EA Mythic's Warhammer Online engine, but the game is still kept isometric. Good thing too, to some of us RPG fans isometric viewpoints are the only way to play a game.

The interface has also undergone a facelift, making it more accessible to those who want to take advantage of that 14 day free trial. For those who are still playing the ageing classic though, the update is completely free and optional as EA has pledged to support the old client for at least another year.

The update is certainly a nice way to keep the game interesting until the eighth expansion pack, Stygian Abyss, hits later this year. The new expansion will unlock new classes, races and the largest single dungeon the virtual community has ever seen, though gamers will need to have the Kingdom Reborn update in order to play it.

Ever played the Ultima games? Think that makes you hardcore, eh? Pfft. Come back when you've spent 20 hours just trying to complete the Ultima-inspired minigame hidden in System Shock 2 - then we can talk in the forums.

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naokaji 30th August 2007, 15:42 Quote
funny to see how the first mmorpg i ever played is still alive and kicking...
DXR_13KE 30th August 2007, 17:10 Quote
proxess is a fanatic for this game...... aren't you?
Panos 30th August 2007, 18:03 Quote
UO was the pioneer. But EA destroyed it the moment they split the game to PVP and non-PVP world. Then I left.
Since then the downhill.
moshpit 30th August 2007, 22:47 Quote
Free shard's rule. OSI FTL.
proxess 1st September 2007, 11:39 Quote
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Originally Posted by moshpit
Free shard's rule. OSI FTL.

Couldn't agree more! Anyone still play?! I play on the Pangaea-world shard! Pangaea-world is an RP shard with PVP and PVM all integrated in one *publicity* lets go play!

The two main things I love about UO is RP, which recent MMORPG simply don't have, you can't really RP in them, we should just call them MMOPG, Many Men Online Playing Girls. The other thing is the Skill system, completely unmatched, without leveling bull----. Train'em how you like.
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