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Digital shop Good Old Games is offering a free game to the public. Starting today you can download Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar through GOG for no charge.
"Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar is a milestone in not only the Ultima franchise, but in the Role-Playing Games genre as a whole," says GOG. "You start as an average character, neither a scoundrel nor a saint. After defeating the Triad of Evil (Mondain, Minax and Exodus), Sosaria has changed beyond recognition. The benevolent monarch Lord British proclaimed the Eight Virtues (Honesty, Compassion, Valor, Justice, Sacrifice, Honor, Spirituality, and Humility) as a moral foundation of the new land, united under the banner of Britannia."
"This time there is no ultimate bad guy you need to kill after leveling your character to the max. This time it’s different. Your quest is to become the Avatar, a real role model for the people of Britannia. Become one with the Eight Virtues with your actions and words. As you live the life of a potential hero you discover that every action you undertake influences your level in each of the Virtues. Flee from battle and your Valor decreases, overpay a blind seller and you gain Compassion points. Even in modern times the concept of Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar is unique. Even if the graphics aged, this is a prime example of a gaming masterpiece!"
The game weighs in at a hefty 25MB. It's been updated to be compatible with Windows XP, Vista and 7. GOG threw in a digital manual, cluebook, spellbook, and map as well.
If Ultima 4 makes you a fan of the series, note that GOG sells a few other Ultima games as well. Starting today they're selling a bundle of the first three games in the series for $5.99. Ultima Underworld and its sequel can also be purchased together for the same price.