GBAtemp Recommends Revival # 057 - Ultima VI & Metal Storm

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    Welcome to the 57th issue of the GBAtemp Recommends Revival Project! This project is a weekly feature where we share our favourite games and applications with you. The things we recommend may be "old school" titles, a Homebrew, a ROM hack, sleeper hits, an application, etc, but one thing's for certain, we think they are fantastic and deserve your attention!​
    This week because it's my first week in charge, I'm serving a double helping of retro goodness...plus they've waited a while to get these posted. :P


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    Ultima VI: The False Prophet
    Written by GBAtemp member raulpica & parts originally edited by Another World.​
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    Ultima VI: The False Prophet, one of the last games in the Ultima series of renowned RPGs, was released back in 1990 by Origin Systems for a series of 16-bit computers like the Amiga, Atari ST, PC MS-DOS, Fujitsu-Siemens FM Towns, PC-98, and Sharp X68000. Ultima VI was the first in the series to be developed mainly for PCs, and not the Apple II, like the rest of the series, thus extensively using high-resolution VGA graphics and modern-day sound card support.

    The game was also released to the Commodore 64 and the SNES. While the SNES version retains fidelity to the original version (which was not the case on the SNES version of Ultima VII), most of the game mechanics were entirely adapted to fit the console's limitations. A special mention must go to the FM Towns version, as it had full speech from Garriot himself and most of the Origin Systems' staff at the time.

    Ultima VI is a classic '90s RPG. You've got a party, there are many NPCs around the map, and a fair lot of things to do. The world was quite extensive for the time, with cities to explore, numerous dungeons, and secret stuff to find. Dialogues were very well written, allowing you to ask many questions of the NPCs, which slowly showed how each of them had an interesting, vital life.

    While the game can get a bit confusing mid-game, leaving you with an entire free-to-roam world, this confusion becomes quite rewarding as the game grows on you. When completed it will leave you with some great memories.

    If you're searching for an enticing RPG story, with lots of stuff to do and helpful people to get to know, then Ultima VI is the game for you!

    Genre: Role-playing
    Release Year: 1990 (1993 SNES)
    Developed & Published by: Origin Systems, Inc.
    Designed by: Warren Spector & Richard Garriott
    Released For: Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, FM Towns, PC-98, Sharp X68000, SNES

    [​IMG] Youtube Footage of the Amiga Version
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    Metal Storm
    Written by GBAtemp member BortzANATOR
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    Metal Storm is a game i discovered as a ROM on a cd years ago my friend gifted me. It had every single NES title. Since the NES didn't support saving, I would randomly select a title and play till I got bored. The title alone was good enough to get me hooked on this game, but after some gameplay, I wondered how this game was even made back in 1991.

    You pilot a M-308 Mech and traverse stages that I think are supposed to be the innards of a computer and wipe out the virus robots. The game is virtual eye candy. Your mech is animated with the highest degree of care, the action is butter smooth, and the fore ground and background are not separate pieces, but look like it.

    From the Wikipedia page:
    You can see what i mean here.

    The game also punches up the action instantly when you realize you have a button to control gravity. You read that right, gravity. When you flip. your mech flips up to the ceiling as if gravity has been reversed. Be advised, enemies also flip with you. So plan accordingly. Also you can get 3 power-ups, but you can only have one at a time. There's a bigger gun, shield, and booster that allows you to be invulnerable while shifting gravity.

    The game really strikes me as a late NES title and it certainly feels like it. Using all of the NES'sresources and looking quite nice while doing so like many late generation titles. I found MS to have an incredible selection of bosses, even if it is a bit limited, because the game is criminally short. But that certainly doesn't stop it from also ramping up the difficulty into oblivion on the last 2 or 3 levels. Its Even hard for me, an experienced retro gamer.

    Metal Storm is fantastic. If you haven't played it, its the only reason you need to dig out that old NES in your closet, or download am NES emulator. Its a stellar title in NES library that I feel a lot of gamers haven't experienced.

    Genre: Side-scrolling platform/Shooter
    Release Year: 1991
    Developed by: Irem
    Published by: Irem/Tamtex
    Released For: Nintendo Entertainment System

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  2. IBNobody

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    Ultima 6's "SPAM SPAM SPAM HUMBUG" was the best cheat code ever.
     
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  3. Cyan

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    I started with Ultima VII and is still the one I have preferences in the series.
    I tried all other ultima games, but never played a lot (I wanted to play U7 first, but never had time to finish it).

    Ultima 6 is good on Snes, and probably the plateform you need to play it because it's the easiest gameplay.
    playing the DOS version is very hard on modern PC.
    (Ultima VII even have a rewritten engine for modern PC to fix the speed problem : Hexult)
    Sorry to talk about U7 here, while the recommendation is U6, it's nostalgia :P
     
  4. raulpica

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    I found Ultima 6 for SNES to be total crap, it's a butchered experience when compared to the original DOS one.

    Just use dosbox an the game will work flawlessly :P

    Yeah! :rofl:
     
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    ah, U6 works great in DosBox? to tell the truth, I didn't test it :P
    I thought it was like U7, it doesn't work correctly, the game is running too fast.
     
  6. IBNobody

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    As an add-on to Ultima 6, I also recommend Ultima: Worlds of Adventure 2: Martian Dreams.

    It used U6's engine, is set on Mars in the 1900's, and has famous people from that time period. Edison, Freud, Twain, etc.

    It was produced by Warren Spector... who also has a cameo in the game.
     
  7. Another World

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    my favorite ultima title was IV on the nes, but i'm bias for the nes. lol. i almost got into that mmorpg they released but could never bring my self to pay the monthly subscription fee.

    the japanese release of metal storm has an great english translation: http://www.romhacking.net/translations/1466/

    -another world
     
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  8. MassiveRican

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    Thanks bro, just went and got the rom and translation patch, appreciate it and can't wait to play it.
     
  9. nl255

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    Actually, U4 on the NES had several features of U5 such as the ability to target anywhere on the battlefield rather than just the standard 4 directions and no manual mixing of spells (which didn't happen until U6 on the PC) though you lost the ability to save in the overworld and the final dungeon. For something closer to the PC version (but with the ability to mix up more than one copy of a spell) try the Master System version of U4.
     
  10. raulpica

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    Also: http://nuvie.sourceforge.net/

    Works good :D (looks like you still don't get the ending though... but it's a work in progress)
     
  11. SickPuppy

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    The only one I ever played was Ultima III, on my Atari 800XL. That was a very long time ago. I could remember mapping out all the towers and dungeons, I must have had a lot of free in my childhood.
     
  12. nl255

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    Just lower the emulated CPU cycles in Dosbox and it will run just fine. The default setting with cycles=auto has problems with self modifying code.
     
  13. shakirmoledina

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    heard alot about this but the thing i know is they lost to final fantasy on the numbering
     
  14. nl255

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    That's because Ultima 9 sucked horribly and Ultima 8 wasn't very good either (though fully patched U8 it isn't that bad).