Ugh, so many horrid memories of this game. I've been a fan of Spoony for a long time and I was happy to see this is finally posted (looking forward to part 2 or more). I got a huge kick of the Guardian "guest" it was pretty well done.
As for Ultima IX, I concur so much could have been done to save it that wasn't. For example, to explain the Avatar's stupidity they could have written that it wasn't the original Avatar but an alternate. (yes I realize the codex is required to become the avatar, but it makes a lick more sense than what they did)
As for the original Avatar, the story could have been written as dun dun dunnnnnn the Guardian IS the original Avatar corrupted. Since Ultima HAS involved time travel in the past a time travel story could have worked. It would also explain the Guardian's perversity of the 8 virtues. Since in U8, the Avatar was forced to become a god; it isn't outside the realm of possible that said power corrupts (as the old axiom goes).
A time paradox would have been a load better than the shovel heap of excrement that was U9. Also it would make for an interesting plot device that the Guardian needs to corrupt the Avatar to become the Guardian in an infinite cycle. It would play up the morality angle and show how even good people do bad things. The road to hell is paved with good intentions and all that.
I really liked this review because it showed pretty well how sadly a great series fell to utter crap. To paraphrase Spoony from the Highlander 2 review, "how do you completely buttf*ck a series in such a short amount of time?"
Incidentally, isn't it kind of funny of life imitating art with how EA took something good such as Ultima and corrupted it; kind of like how Blackthorn did so to the 8 virtues in Ultima V though not to the same extreme?
Post edited May 30, 2012 by Theta_Sigma