You missed Ultima 9 - Ascension!
I know many Ultima fans didn't like it, and many people said it was too simple, small and buggy compared to other Ultima games, but I finished it not long ago and I must say it's pretty entertaining (and really cool looking). And I spent around 40-50 hours on it and never saw the slightest bug! Maybe I bought a patched version
In Spain, the 1541 disk drive wasn't very popular. I had two Datassettes, so I never had the chance to lay my hands over a copy of any of the Ultima games
Too bad, because I saw the 5th installment of the series at some friend's home (he was one of the first persons in town to own a PC), and I thought it was one of the best games I had ever seen. I immediately fell in love with it, and looked for it desperately... until I found it on one of my summer English courses in Cornwall (southern England -and a very nice place; BTW, anyone from Truro, Camborne or Redruth here?
-). But, of course, the game was C64 Disk only.
I could only play the first chapters in the saga thanks to emulators. At last! But the feeling wasn't the same. As everybody knows, nothing beats the real thing.
The first Ultima I owned was Ultima VII: The Black Gate, for the PC. And I must say it's an *awesome* game. The degree of interaction with the environment was simply amazing. You could do almost *everything*, from venturing into a dungeon and fighting a dragon to baking some bread! Honest! You could wander in Britain and watch as people went by to their business. At night, everybody met at the local inn and had some beers as a band called "The Avatars" played some medieval music. Truly amazing!
Ultima VIII: Pagan was the worst chapter in the saga IMO.
But no one has mentioned the side-stories so far. I mean, do you know Ultima Underworld? One of the best games ever, at the time. A TRUE 3D environment (and it was released when the FPS genre was almost nonexistent! People were then amazed at Wolfenstein 3D!) and a deep (no pun intended) plot.
Galileo Fígaro... Magnífico!