541650_largerWe got a late addition to this week's new releases. Following a soft-launch back in May, Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar [Free] has now been released worldwide.

We took a hands-on look at that early release version as well as got a hands-on demo at E3 in June, and found that Ultima Forever had fun co-op dungeon crawling combat as long as you were able to connect with other players, but ultimately it felt unfinished and grindy in that free-to-play sort of way.

Hopefully there have been some improvements and tightening up to Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar since its soft-launch, but if you've been anxious to check it out for yourself and you aren't Canadian then now is your chance to give it a shot for free. You can also see what people in our forums are saying about the game, and we'll keep plugging away at the release version of Ultima Forever and will have more coverage for you in the near future.

  • mitchellhamilton

    Boom!

  • ImJPaul

    Got so excited that this was PVZ2 when I saw the notification on news and watch list.

    Dream crushed.

    • themostunclean

      It's easy enough to get if you just create a NZ ITunes account. Tons of how-to guides online, took me five minutes.

      • themostunclean

        Sorry, forgot to add PVZ2 has been out in New Zealand for over a month now. In case you weren't aware.

      • ImJPaul

        Oh no. I'm aware and I know how easily I can get a NZ account. I'm waiting for the international version in hopes that the final version will be tweaked from its current state.

      • themostunclean

        I was the opposite. I was afraid they'd tweak the IAP and make it unplayable. It was really fair at launch to the point where it seemed pointless.

      • iOSPeace

        You do know If you jailbreak your device, download an app called App Addict and download the ipa you can get PVZ 2 right?

      • themostunclean

        Easier to just create a NZ account, like I said I did when this game first came out. I don't jailbreak nowadays anyway. Not really worth it anymore (for me at least).

  • tahzblade

    This is out in Australia

    • tahzblade

      This is NOT out in Australia

      • B30

        You're lucky!

  • fifthmoon

    Its not available in the philipinnes yet. Tsk...

  • fastbrek

    Not available in Chile yet

  • RamazAdelphos

    Looks cool:0

  • B30

    Freemium crap at it's finest! EA is getting better and better in ruining franchises.

    • Lightning Storm

      COUGH COUGH simcity

    • TarePlays

      EA makes more money on the AppStore than all of their other products.

  • BGrifter

    Now you guys stateside can enjoy being spammed, annoyed and disappointed with this until you delete it. In exchange we Canadians want Puzzle & Dragons. Thanks in advance.

    • Lightning Storm

      You Canadians can have both. Honestly, I don't mind puzzle and dragons, but this? Canada can have it.

  • Morgan01

    No excitement on this title, the pre-release was so overly IAP aggressive. The Freemium format is purely pay-to -play. It's hard to believe that it has been tweaked enough to be appealing.

  • Darkmain

    Not out in NZ yet either.

  • Bart274

    Also not yet available in Belgium...

    • Sven Van de Perre

      Strange, I'm in Belgium, and I'm downloading it now.
      I read the TA forums though, who warn about the game being one of the worst examples of Free To Play.

    • Endscrypt

      I had this problem 3 times through the u.k App Store, but I new it was available as my son D/Led it about 10mins before, after 4 try's I got lucky and the app was magically available again.

  • metalmandave83

    Finally

  • Rivalsan

    Is it really that bad? I just loaded it on my iPad mini and it seems to have promise. I need to find out the Jacuzzi completely unfunded cash grab.

    • Rivalsan

      Okay, there has got to be a way to edit what you write in the TA app before posting it. This is the second time today that I've fat fingered a poorly written text dictated from Siri!

      • 61050

        made sense to me mate.

    • Rothgarr

      I +1 your comment just because it was so funny.

  • pdSlooper

    I don't get it. Why even download it when you know it's F2P trash? And don't get me wrong, I've nothing against IAP, but to hell with these money games. I'm not even giving them the teeny tiny boost in rankings that comes from my download.

    • pdSlooper

      *would come from
      Damn, I'm getting lazy with conjugating even in my native language!

    • stormchild

      Yep. I'm done with all forms of recurring IAP. I will buy level packs or other permanent add-ons, but no more timers, and no more in-game currency. Won't even try this.

  • metalmandave83

    So you need a Facebook account to play on multiple devices with the same characters. Lame. I have a feeling this key mechanic is going to ruin what looks like a good game.

    • visualplayer

      This part is even worse than the pay 2 play. I hate games that demand your facebook account. They're games, not friends and family members.

      • 61050

        it actually makes it very easy to decide whether or not i will enjoy the game. the lack of having a facebook account makes my decision easy.

  • Lostpop21

    Didnt play long enough to hit a pay wall, the tap to go controls are awful

    • metalmandave83

      I agree. It is also very choppy on my 4S, which I'm pretty sure is more of a coding issue and not the fault of my device.

  • lordyokomoto

    Not out in uk yet either hmmmm

  • Sven Van de Perre

    Played it some more. Meh. Way too geared towards buying IAP's for my taste. On some genre's the IAP model works (puzzle, racing...), on other genre's, it doesn't. Not that they should remove all IAP's from the game, but this is just bad.

  • jessicax0

    Not available in Australia as yet..

  • Rothgarr

    As a huge fan of the Ultima series of games I will happily download this and try it for myself before casting it aside as IAP rubbish. I have played enough freemium games that I understand that not all freemium games are created equal.

    • Morgan01

      If your an Ultima fan, you are in for a big disappointment. The most this game has in come with the Ultima series is the name and the world has similarities as far as names. Other than that, it's just capitalizing on the nostalgia of the Ultima franchise name. Hopefully your expectations are to high.

      • Morgan01

        Sorry, type-o. I meant to say,: Hopefully, your expectations "aren't" too high.

  • jForsythe

    After reading how bad this is for iap I'm not even going to waste time DL'ing this.

  • Kotovsky

    Not in Russia.

  • Johnny101

    Pass.... If we the consumer, don't buy into this Freemium garbage. These companies will stop making them.

  • stormchild

    Freemium…pass.

  • SporadicMovement

    I'd find out, but I can't even connect to the game past character creation.

  • Goggles789

    Tried it and couldn't get past character creation, due to internet connection being required. When my internet crapped out and it booted me out of the game, I gave it a pass. Sounds like too much hassle.

  • iValerio90

    PVZ2 = S**T , EA = S**T , ultima forever = S**T , REAL RACING 3 = S**T every freemium and F2P game = S**T , people who buy in-app = S**T^9999
    p.s. F**K EA F**K FREEMIUM

    • hoodwinkedfool

      I typed this into the console to see what it did but you syntax must be all wrong because I just got error messages.

      • iValerio90

        your problem.

  • korkidog

    Hmmmm....EA.....freemium...... I'll skip it.

  • yaboyrasp

    I'm actually enjoying this

  • Doc Robby

    Someone please help me understand because I just don't get it...

    Do the developers of a freemium game such as this actually make more money selling the game based on the freemium model? It would seem to me that a game would make more money for the developers in the long run by being complete to begin with, and sold at a higher, one time price. Instead they chose to insult their potential buyers with this ridiculous way of nickel and diming you to death. What the hell is going on in their heads? Is it that there are enough people who simply have money to waste, don't care, or are gullible enough to support freemium games so that they actually make more money than a one time purchase? Or perhaps they figure that after a couple of weeks everybody will be looking anyway for the latest games so it's simply a matter of getting the customer (and their wallet) as soon as they can.

    I'm curious as to what some of you think. I see this type of freemium crap as a way a dimwitted company can shoot themselves happily in the foot. Most likely I am wrong as they keep doing it so it must be working on some level, but where?

    • Jon Tunnell

      Freemium makes unbelievably more money than premium right now. If you look at the top grossing charts on iOS, almost all of them are free to play with microtransactions. Puzzle & Dragons, for instance, makes around $5 million a day.

    • Karzay

      If the game is free, significantly more people will be able to play it or at the very least, want to try it. Free games get significantly more downloads than those you pay for. Once the player is playing, the developer is counting on the player getting hooked on the game, and/or feel like spending a dollar or two would be ok, since the game was free anyway. Then if the developer deploys a few tricks like a pay wall, they feel they can squeeze more money out of players. That's $$$ for the developers like EA or Gameloft.

    • Protoman

      Game developers have figured out they can use the same systems in people's brains as drug dealers have forever. Free hits, then start charging. Gets em every time. Now we're just seeing it in the game industry is all.

  • lordyokomoto

    Not bad game apart from one little issue ...KEEPS CRASHING grrrrrrrr

  • Seniku Moonjewel

    I love the old Ultimas but this is pure greed and trash. I created a Canadian itunes account just to get this and the game is crappy, yes it looks fine but they've ripped the soul out of it. You need keys to repair items (keys? I mean ingots and ore I could understand but keys?) bronze, silver, gold. but you need far FAR more than the game drops. its a SHAM to squeeze your wallet. The devs should be downright ASHAMED to put the name 'Ultiima' on this Freemium trash!

  • bigjack66

    It's out in Britain now. It's ok but DH4 is better.

  • flashbackflip

    No chance i will download this sht after reading all reviews about IAPs

  • lordyokomoto

    Well no money spent and not intend too and not play again until they sort out te constant crashing bug :((((

  • coheedrocks27

    Honestly I haven't had any problems yet. No pay wall, fun coop, and I think the backgrounds look great.