GoG was running a sale for some games over the weekend so I ended up buying UU1+2 and System Shock Enhanced Edition. I’ve done some quick googling and found the Ultima Unity project which seems to be getting high praise and introduces some QoL features to the base game.
However, seeing as I have no experience with vanilla version I’m curious what is the “best” way to approach the series in this day and age.
You can move with the keyboard, but it’s not grid-based, it’s free-roam. You can also use the mouse, as you move it around the view the cursor changes to different directional arrows depending on context, and you click to move in that direction. It takes a little getting used to, but when I played it three years ago I tended to use that method because it was more precise.
System Shock used the same method, if you’ve played the original without mouselook.
Ultima Online had a complex virtual ecology system, with herbivores and predators that killed each other and kept things in balance, but this was broken immediately upon release because the players just mindlessly murdered literally everything on the surface of the world.