Ultima Underworld has been sighted by many companies as the inspiration to some of their most iconic video games. Back in 1992, it was definitely extraordinary - a 2.5D game with the ability to look up and down with real-time combat and non-linear exploration that allowed you to explore the game world as much or as little as you liked without progressing the plot. It predated Elder Scrolls Arena by two years and in my opinion Ultima Underworld is the better.
It was a game that I loved in my youth but was unable to complete, mainly due to the fact that for the longest time I didn't own a copy myself and only played it when around a friends house. When I finally did own it I was a lot older and made more headway, but even then completing the game entirely eluded me. Now I shall complete what I have before not completed and face the perils of the abyss. Can the Avatar save Britannia once again?
Made at the same time as Westwood made Lands of Lore, Hand of Fate is a wonderful little point and click adventure game, the second in a series, that I feel shares much of the magic that Lands of Lore did.
Can Zanthia save the lands from fate worse then destruction? She sure can, in her own sarcastic, snarky way.
In the far reaches of inhabited space, there wages a war for territory, power and resources the likes of which the people in the peaceful parts of the galaxy have yet to know. Two factions wage combat for space that they believe belongs to them, either through legal or moral grounds. What the war needs is a force to tip the scales one way or another, perhaps even a single pilot, skilled in flying the spaceships of combat.
Good thing we happen to be playing this game then, else there might never be a conclusion to this problem. Join Jake Logan (voiced by Bruce Campbell) as we make our mark on the galaxy through lots of pew pew lasers!