The Ultima series certainly  stands as one of the most influential and enduring computer role-playing game (CRPG)
franchises of all time. However, Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar and Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny are considered by many CRPG aficionados, myself included, to be representative of the greatest advancements to ever happen to CRPGs.

While Akalabeth (the unofficial Ultima 0) and the first three Ultima games were certainly important foundational examples of the genre, the lasting impact of Ultima IV and V persists even today, almost forty years later. Many ofthe unique features in those games became a blueprint followed by developers for the vast majority of the open world CRPGs created since then. This includes many successful and well-known franchises such as Mass Effect, Fable…

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