Sep 1, 2011

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Ultima IV Free via GOG

Ultima IV Free via GOG

Do you wax nostalgic over the old CRPGs of yesterday? Are you a younger gamer who is curious about what games your parents might have been playing in their youth? If so, you can sage your nostalgia/curiosity via Good Old Games, as they’re offering Ultima IV for free.  That’s right: $0.

Not familiar with Ultima IV? Check out GOG’s description of the game:

Embark on the Quest of the Avatar to become the ultimate paragon of the Eight Virtues!

Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar is a milestone in not only the Ultima franchise, but in the Role-Playing Games genre as a whole. You start as an average character, neither a scoundrel nor a saint. After defeating the Triad of Evil (Mondain, Minax and Exodus), Sosaria has changed beyond recognition. The benevolent monarch Lord British proclaimed the Eight Virtues (Honesty, Compassion, Valor, Justice, Sacrifice, Honor, Spirituality, and Humility) as a moral foundation of the new land, united under the banner of Britannia. This time there is no ultimate bad guy you need to kill after leveling your character to the max. This time it’s different. Your quest is to become the Avatar, a real role model for the people of Britannia. Become one with the Eight Virtues with your actions and words. As you live the life of a potential hero you discover that every action you undertake influences your level in each of the Virtues. Flee from battle and your Valor decreases, overpay a blind seller and you gain Compassion points. Even in modern times the concept of Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar is unique. Even if the graphics aged, this is a prime example of a gaming masterpiece!

It’s possible this game will always be available free of charge, but why test the fates – and it’ll give you something to entertain yourself over the long weekend. You can download your copy of Ultima IV free via Oh, and best of all? GOG has insured the game will run on all current operating systems, so you can just download, install, and get to playing right away!

[Source: GOG via Twitter]