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Ultima IX: Ascension (Dragon Edition)

Ultima IX: Ascension (Dragon Edition)
Ultima IX: Ascension (Dragon Edition)

SystemWindows 95/98


Windows 95/98

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Release Date: 1/1/1999
Manufacturer: Origin
Ultima IX: Ascension (1999) is the ninth and final part of the main series of the computer role-playing game series Ultima.

Following the Avatar's escape from Pagan, he is transported back to Britannia for one final battle with the Guardian, who is increasingly ruining the physical and moral fabric of that land. He must restore the Runes of Virtue, cleanse the shrines of the Guardian's taint, and restore the people to the way of the Virtues—now knowing that he will never again be able to return to Earth.

A difference from previous Ultimas is that in Ultima IX the player has less control of what path to take in the game. Most areas of Britannia are blocked off until specific tasks are completed, reducing the amount of initial exploration available to the player.

The game world is rendered in a detailed and seamless manner, but Britannia is much smaller in overall area than previous games. For example, Britain, the largest city of Britannia, consists of only a few buildings.

Combat is vastly different than previous Ultimas (save perhaps Ultima VIII). Fighting consists of simply clicking the mouse buttons as fast as possible, with little strategy involved.

At the time of initial release, EA also produced a "Dragon Edition" of the game. It included an extra-large box, prints of in-game artwork, tarot cards, an ankh pendant, and special versions of the game books. Later, a "World Edition" was released containing copies of both Ultima IX: Ascension and Ultima Online: The Second Age.

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