Game review: Shroud Of The Avatar: Forsaken Virtues

This is the spiritual successor to the Ultima fantasy role-playing franchise. Unless you are too young to remember, the Ultima series spanned nearly three decades, from 1981 to 2010.

Ultima creator Richard Garriott, aka Lord British, quit the franchise in 2000. Now, he is back with Shroud Of The Avatar, after a successful crowdfunding exercise in Kickstarter last year.

Shroud promises a rich storyline with three online modes and a single-player offline mode.

The first of a five-game series that focuses more on player choices and exploration and discovery than level grinding, it promises to have a fully interactive environment in which you can decorate your house or craft your own tools.

There will be no quests log unlike in other role-playing games - only a journal to highlight major events.

And as in any Lord British game, moral choices will affect how the character is perceived by others in the game and, consequently, their reactions to the character.

By Trevor Tan


Available from October

Genre: Role-playing

Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux

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