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On the desolate world of Pagan, you must gather the mystical power to
leave this prison planet and confront the Guardian. You will have to
survive the perils of a truly vicious, wretched and lonely realm; and
ultimately confront and surmount the Elemental Titans of Earth, Air, Water
and Fire who rule here.
An isometric view and large, detailed graphics give an amazingly visceral
three-dimensional feel to the game. The people you talk to and the
monsters you fight are modeled in large, detailed figures. Particularly
on a fast machine, your own character can move very fluidly, and all
characters move elegantly enough to convey a superb "you-are-there"
sensation. Sounds are good -- your steps sound different when
you walk on wood or on dirt or on stone; you can hear a sword unsheathed,
a blow landed; fire crackles and lava bubbles.
The effect is magnified by the interface that lets you walk, run, jump and
climb. As in Ultima 7, the left mouse button acts as your hands and the
right as your feet. Various clicks let you step carefully along ledges,
jump over chasms, climb up ledges, attack or block or kick.
Pagan's adventure design was the best of any Ultima then to date. There are no
repetitive "find the eight pieces of the map" time-wasters. The "you must
do A before B" linearities are well hidden from the player. Challenges
are varied and interesting, and the player is asked to think instead of
mindlessly following instructions. The upshot is that playing Ultima 8 is
in many respects more fun than prior Ultimas have been (and that's saying
Throughout the game the player almost always has at least two
different subplots available to work on in whatever order is preferred;
intense combat is interspersed with detective work, detective work with
dungeon exploration. Pagan does an elegant job of varying and pacing its
challenges while leaving the player feeling in control.
On the whole, though, comparing what a player had to do to complete any
prior Ultima side by side with what a player goes through to solve Pagan,
there's no question that Pagan is set up for a smoother, more enjoyable
and more intelligent range of puzzles.
Note: My compatibility CD does not alter the retail game or bypass copy protection. It allows the original media to install and run correctly on any modern version of Windows. On May-01-12 at 22:59:10 PDT, seller added the following information: