Umm? What? Ultima is the most inspiration game in history. Try these games on for a size.
System Shock- Big open world, RPG elements,false utopian setting, ability to respawn without penalty.
Bioshock-Big open world, RPG elements, ability to respawn without penalty and false utopian setting.
Deus Ex- Ultima meats the matrix with stealth
Elder Scrolls- Is just like this. But bigger and more to do. Daggerfall is the best.
There called immersive sims. They are meant to simulate immersion.
Checkout giant bomb.
I think it was just a knee jerk reaction to the whole "dumbed down" thing. That phrase is so overused these days, often the wrong way. i just wanted to point out that DM was not AF with side quests cut off, but its own thing, even though it might hve been planned as AF 2 in its early stages.
Why thief though? I don't see many resemblances.