Ultima Online: Renaissance User Reviews
The overall gameplay is original, being that this was the very first MMORPG.
The other games have managed to copy everything, and at the same time, nothing. I still haven't seen a game that gives you quite the same class creation freedom. UO gives you a great number of skills to choose from, but you can only have 7. These 7 are entirely up to you...you can create your character however you wish.
Best thing - private servers.
The worst part UO in general; the expansions. Each one destroys the game bit by bit, to the point where you're forced to be one specific class or else you can't do anything that everyone else can do.
Most of the community. People are overly aggressive and rude.
Of course, you may run across a group of decent people to play with...but it's too few and far between.
This is an updated review as of November 26, 2007...heh.
To fully experience the highlight of Ultima Online is to find a private server that doesn't use any expansion sets, and keeps it in the 'Renaissance' version of the game...except keeping the much needed updates that have come along. The best server I've found so far is UOgamers.com, then play on Hybrid.
I think a 3.5 is about right in general... if you fully patch the game and play it on an EA server, the rating will drop to about 1.5 and if you play it on a private server like I mentioned, it'll go up to about 4.0 or 4.5.
Interesting Concept. Variety and vastness of the land.The bad:
Mostly the attitudes of the players. Grumpy, disgruntled, troubled individuals...mostly 10 year olds on ego trips. No offense to those who may be that age. OSI seems to have released the products without fine tuning: Clothing and armor 'clip' each other, Music is...well...crappy. LAG. I cannot stress the incredible and overpowering presence of lag in this game. It causes numerous deaths. The unbalanced-ness of the weapons in this game is disturbing as well. Incredibly sunny weather-ALL THE TIME...Summary:
A good idea, sloppily produced. I believe it would have been better for OSI to have tested this game before releasing it.
- Ultima Ascension1999