Ultima: Runes of Virtue
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Ultima: Runes of Virtue by FCI is the latest role-playing game to make the journey from the PC screen to the TV screen. It survives the trek, but it's a little worse for wear.
In Lord British's all-new Ultima title, your duty is to recover the eight prized Runes of Virtue, which were stolen by the Black Knight. The Runes are hidden throughout Britannia in treacherous caves, which just happen to be overrun with hordes of unique monsters! You choose one of four characters to play.
You wander through multi-level mazes in a top-down, Gauntlet-style perspective. Movement is easy. To open doors, flip trap levers, or grab treasures, simply walk into them. You select weapons and items from inventory, then use them with your right hand (Button A), or your left hand (Button B). Don't leave once you locate a cavern's Rune, because you might also scrounge up important magical items. Although mastering the interface is a snap, unfortunately gameplay's repetitive.
Sad to say, but Ultima's three tunes will drive you crazy. Earplugs are a must to maintain your sanity. The graphic images aren't spectacular, but they're clear and distinct.
Worlds of Missing Virtue
Although Ultima: Runes of Virtue is a solid GB challenge, the excitement of the game soon grows stale after two or three caverns of mindless wandering and fighting. You meet the same characters in every town you visit and the mazes are essentially identical. Runes is a standard fantasy scavenger hunt with some virtue, but no surprises.
- Always have plenty of food and magic potions.
- Move quickly and let the monsters destroy each other with their shots!
- To defeat the Black Knight, you need the Lightning Amulet Look for it in the Cavern of Selfishness.