The Ultimate RPG Archives
The Ultimate RPG Archives is a compilation of former AAA role-playing video games published by Interplay and released for Windows in 1998, although all of the games are for MS-DOS. It was sold in a traditional box format, and a tall narrow fold out, each with 5 CDs, although, only the traditional box included jewel cases for them.
The compilation contains the following games:
- The Bard's Tale
- The Bard's Tale II: The Destiny Knight
- The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate
- The Bard's Tale Construction Set
- Dragon Wars
- Might and Magic: Clouds of Xeen
- Might and Magic: Darkside of Xeen
- Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss
- Ultima Underworld II: Labyrinth of Worlds
- Wizardry Gold
I saw this compilation in stores sometime around 2000. I already owned two of the games in the compilation, but I had played several and wanted them and heard good things about the ones I hadn't played, so I bought it. I ended up installing all of the games, but only really spent a lot of time on the Might and Magic games. Regardless, I'm glad I purchased it.
I own the tall fold out case of CDs and have the manual.
- Unlike other compilations I'd purchased, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it came with the complete manuals for each of the games (albeit reproductions in a single thick tome).
- The large fold out container doesn't include CD cases, so you have to be very gentle with the CDs to prevent scratching.
See the individual games for more detailed reviews.