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  • #9021
    Al ex
    Keymaster

    Haha yes, they didn’t care much about smooth controls back then. But once you’ve gotten used to it, Ultima Underworld is actually very playable. Although I’m using a dpad (mapped to WSAD), I also have an extra “Walk” button (mapped to s) on the right side of the screen. This way, I can walk with the right thumb, and steer left/right with the left thumb. That’s much more convenient and precise. I only use dpad up (w) when I really need to run, e.g. when I want to take a long jump.

    It might even be a good idea to have walk and run on the right, and only turn left/rifgh and strafe left/right on the left side of the screen.

    #9023
    fiffi
    Participant

    Controls are a bit clanky, sure. But to be fair, this game was revolutionary when it came out. It must be the first game with a true 3D environment even if the monsters and NPC’s are just sprites. I remember being fascinated by the technology back when it was new.

    I have been testing various pad and joystick solutions on Magic Dosbox, and I don’t know… I just prefer to use buttons like you can see on my screenshot. I’m not a big fan of frenzied action games. In a game like UW there is seldom the need to move very quickly, just the way I like it. I will probably have a go at Doom, Quake and Duke at some point, I might need to rethink my strategy then. When I use a pad on the edge of the screen, and then are watching the action of the screen, I feel that I lose control over where my pad finger is. There is nothing to hang on to.

    The keyboard movements in UW was a pain, but when you can map them to widgets it gets much better. But jumping is still annoying. I have found that I can get by in many places by using the standing long jump (shift-J) if I position my character just right. And save before I try. 😊

    My character is now at level 7 so I should be able to cast Levitate, but I lack the rune stones. I’m on my way now to take care of a troublesome Gazer on level 2 of the dungeon now, hopefully it has some good stones. But maybe the Gazer ends up taking care of me… 😊

    #9024
    Al ex
    Keymaster

    Aw, sweet memories. 😍

    That sense of sheer loniness in this game was absolutely unique back then, and it still works today. I have to get back into UW soon.

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