YMMV / Ultima VII

  • Anti-Climax Boss: The members of the Fellowship at the end of the game. They essentially low AI controlled character classes and are a LOT weaker than many of the enemies you have already killed to get to them.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The Kilrathi spaceship doesn't really do anything (except illustrating a bit of the backstory for the Hoe of Destruction). It's just there as a Shout-Out.
  • Demonic Spider: Liches can kill anyone with one hit. Fortunately they seem to be able to cast the death spell only once each.
  • Fridge Horror: On the garbage-strewn shore of Lock Lake there's a number of animal corpses that can be looted. Most are empty, but one dead fox contains a dead mouse, which in turn contains a Ring of Regeneration. It's a welcome little bit of hidden treasure when you find it. Until you wonder about how the fox died and realize that having a constantly regenerating mouse in your stomach would probably be a rather painful way to go...
  • Good Bad Bugs:
    • In the northwest forest of Britannia, there's a house full of goodies whose door can only be opened by a lever on the inside. Normally, you need to go through a dungeon and find the teleporter that will warp you into to the house. However, if you position yourself by the window so that you can see the lever, you can just use Telekinesis to open the door (in Exult, you can simply change the screen resolution if you can't see it right away).
    • Sometimes a glitch will allow you to enter the Sphere Generator without the Enchanted Hourglass.
    • Visit A Fistful of Ultima VII for a detailed list of Good Bad Bugs and a hilarious anti-walkthrough which exploits them to win the game in completely unintended ways.
    • Using serpent venom causes temporarily ups all of your stats, but after it wears off, it degrades your strength slightly. If you use enough of it all at once, though, dropping your strength rolls over and leaves you with an absurdly high stat e.g. 164 or 135 when the normal max is 30.
    • It's possible to apply fountains, potions and certain items to non-party members, meaning you can poison NPCs without backlash or temporarily put a dragon to sleep without casting a spell.
      • Unless the potion was owned by someone else, in which case it's treated exactly as though you'd stolen it.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The Guardian first appears as a red skull-like, hairless, distorted face that taunts the Avatar through his computer.
  • Narm:
    • The Guardian's speech during the introduction.
    • His defeat dialogue arguably even more so.
  • Porting Disaster: In the SNES port, the plot was mostly the same, but wound up being butchered as a result of Nintendo's Never Say "Die" policies at the time. The double homicide that starts the plot of the game is replaced with a double kidnapping...that never gets solved! The entire combat system and party system that defined the original game is dispensed with altogether in favor of a Zelda-style action RPG format in which the Avatar wanders around alone whacking snakes and bats with his sword. And, of course, the amazing sandbox elements are largely removed because the game isn't being fueled by a 486-or-better plugged into a good four-megabytes-plus of RAM. (The SNES was powerful for its time, sure, but not that powerful.)
  • Scrappy Mechanic: Having to manually feed your characters. The fact that they can't feed themselves is made fun of in various fanfics, with the Avatar giving his companions nappies and spooning food in their mouths.
  • Spiritual Licensee: Assuming you have the Forge of Virtue add-on, this is the best Elric of Melniboné game ever made.
  • Squick:
    • Kill the mother of Lord British's unborn child, and there's a baby in her inventory. Ick.
    • The game allows you to make dough with buckets of blood. And to a less squicky extent, buckets of beer or wine.
      • While the player can only make bread out of the dough(and selling said bread for gold), leaving said blood dough lying around results in the baker producing cakes and other assorted items to sell to the populace...
    • EVERYONE fears the mighty used diaper. Using one on any character causes them to scream hilariously while vowing horrible vengeance. This includes your party members, you, dragons, even Lord British himself.
  • Technology Marches On: The game had a notable bug in the release version which dealt with the Lich in Skara Brae. To have it fixed you had to contact Origin, who would send you the patch... on a diskette, via snail mail. This was right before everyone started getting the Internet, so it was one of the last examples of this.
  • That One Level: The Test of Courage in Forge of Virtue.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The Fellowship is so Obviously Evil that it destroys any chance of digging into the possibilities of the Avatar returning to a Britannia that's moved on from their religion and seemingly made them obsolete.
  • What an Idiot!: The impostor Avatar is always male, even if you're female. Those who got conned deserved it.