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4.0 out of 5 stars
Dungeons & Dragons For The Internet Generation, 16 Mar 2002
I only started the Ultima Online games a matter of weeks ago but already I am hooked. Ultima Online is a great game for fans of dungeons and dragons and newbies to role playing alike. You create a character and "live" in a world, where you can get a job, make friends (and enemies), battle, go on quests.... there are endless possibilities and I am doing the game no justice by listing only these because this is only the very basic things you can do.
Lord Blackthorn's is suitable for both beginners and long-time users of UO. For beginners you get to enter the world of UO and experience all of the above and much more. You get to enter a world where battles are fought and won, friendships are made and broken and where ANYTHING can happen. The only limit is your imagination.
For current users, you can get 30 new monsters (designed by Comic artist Todd McFarlane) as well as a new emphasis on the virtue system. It also unlocks to 2D players for the first time the facet of Ilshenar as well as a complete update of the 2D artwork. Music files will now be stored as MP3's also, allowing the user to customise their game even further.
The only complaints I have is that the lag time can be quite bad at times, and I really think that something needs to be done about this. Also the support for UK users is not as good as elsewhere, and if you don't have a credit card it can be quite hard to pay the montly charges by buying GameTime because you have to pay in $ and you have to buy it from the USA. Please note that there is a monthly subscription you have to pay to use the game. The first month's subscription is free (it is included in the price of the game).
However, despite these, the game is still highly enjoyable and should not be shunned.