Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. Playing now will give you a sampling of the game's potential, but unless you are incredibly patient, can tolerate constant lag and design changes, and you have the time to devote considerable attention to your characters, chances are you will simply find Ultima Online extremely frustrating...In its current form, Ultima Online is a major disappointment. [17 Dec 1997]
  2. This is one game that might become a classic, but it isn't one now, despite a New York Times story on the front page of the business section. A game that requires a credit card and Internet access before the player can get even a glimpse of what's going on had better be incredibly engrossing or at least immediately accessible. Ultima Online is neither. The "undoubted future of interactive entertainment"? God forbid. At best, it might eventually grow into a solid, mature game that delivers the goods, but for now, caveat emptor.
User Score
8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Oct 14, 2011
    10
    THE greatest MMO of all time (before they messed it up). The amount of fun times I had on Chesapeak and Catskills servers ... it was justTHE greatest MMO of all time (before they messed it up). The amount of fun times I had on Chesapeak and Catskills servers ... it was just amazing. I spent many sleepless nights playing this game. It had no item leveling, raiding and lacked most features of modern MMOs, but the guild vs guild atmosphere was unique, I've never seen it in any other MMO since then. The player politics and community is what made it the best MMO experience I've had, and I've played most of the big MMOs on the market. Full Review »
  2. SamW.
    Aug 10, 2007
    10
    This game is incredibly addictive, and the new release, Kingdoms Reborn, has great graphics for an MMORPG, as well as nice additional This game is incredibly addictive, and the new release, Kingdoms Reborn, has great graphics for an MMORPG, as well as nice additional features that hadn't previously existed. There are nice quests throughout the game that you can choose, following various storylines, but you are also free to choose your own path as an animal tamer, a mage, a warrior, a blacksmith, carpenter, tailor, or even a ninja. You can decide, and nothing is permanent. The leveling system is great, too, becuase there are no level ups. You simply slowly gain skill the more you use a certain skill. Fighting will slowly improve your swordsmanship (or other weapon choice), tactics, anatomy, and, if you have a shield, parrying skills, while also raising your strength and dexterity. A bit complicated at first, but once you are comfortable with the game, there is no end to how many lands you can explore, and all the fun you cna have. Full Review »
  3. Oct 23, 2013
    9
    This is my all time favorite MMORPG. UO is very addictive, even with it's dated graphics. I've come across no other game which gives youThis is my all time favorite MMORPG. UO is very addictive, even with it's dated graphics. I've come across no other game which gives you the amount of items to collect and things to do. I've been playing since 2000 and don't plan on closing my account anytime soon.

    Just to name a few features, there is custom housing, player run towns, guilds, player vendors, boats, quests and lots of places to explore and things to do. UO holds a place in my heart that no other game will be able to replace!
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