PC Ultima Ascension (Origin) £29.99 * t at * 1k
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So the Role Playing Game season continues. Now in its ninth, yes that's ninth, instalment, Ultima has seemingly done it all. Fantastic two- dimensional adventuring, glorious isometric adventuring and even the bold, and very popular, internet adventuring have all been covered. Yet the boys at Origin have found another treasure-trove to plunder — true three- dimensional adventuring.
Following the never-ending story of the Ultima series, the land of Britannia is threatened by apocalyptic danger and its leader, Lord British, has called upon the Avatar, you, to investigate. Beginning in your house in this world, a quick guide through the controls leads you to a gypsy caravan, a number of character-creating questions and a portal to Britannia.
The Avatar and his surroundings are displayed in third person, much like Lara in Tomb Raider, with the mouse controlling most of his movements. The landscapes, dungeons and castles all look, sound and, importantly, feel
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different, while the numerous inessential details, like a random storm approaching then soaking you in its downpour, truly bring Britannia to life. Combat can be frustrating, with hacking and slashing reduced to frantic mouse clicking, while, strangely, magic emerges as the easiest and safest form of monster-bashing, a rarity in RPGs. However, simple fighting does not an adventure make. It is the pace, power and invention of the story that keeps you wandering the dank, slithering corners of some fantasy land. And Ultima has a beezer. From the deceptively informative opening encounters to the meat and potatoes of evil plotting and dastardly wrong- doing, Ultima measures its surprising twists, calm rest stops and explosive crescendos with cunning professionalism.
As with most third-person titles, the camera can be a little irritating, hiding behind walls, showing nothing but the back of your character's head and the like. This makes jumping a pain and due to your viewpoint shifting with every move of the mouse, breaks must be frequently taken during the action to get your bearings. However, with practice these faults fade away and the true force of Ultima Ascension bursts through. Good Ol' Britannia never looked so beautiful. (lain Davidson)
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DREAMCAST Rayman 2 (Ubisoft) £39.99 ‘k ii 1k 1k 1r
As With SOU/ Beaver, Rayman 2 makes a welcome, if belated, appearance on the Dreamcast. However, this is not Just a Simple rehash of the original game. Oh Lordy, no. Sure, all the elements from the PC/N64 version are intact, With our eponymous hero fighting to save his km from the eVil Captain Razorbeard and his space pirates. The action is beautifully animated, With the many worlds, many characters and many, many platforms all looking and playing great.
But for the lucky Dreamcast owners,
Ubisoft has added some goodies to this already impressive game. For starters there is a new world to explore, the Globox Village, With a handful of fresh levels and five more dastardly pirates to defeat. Rayman 2 is also one of the first games to utilise the Dreamcast's internet capabilities, With a new level only playable online, a multiplayer game and lots of bonuses to be downloaded form the Rayman 2 Site. Although still not taking full advantage of the Internet capabilities, Rayman 2 Will hopefully persuade others to get in on the online act. If yOu have a Dreamcast, yOu really sh0uld have Rayman 2. (ID)
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