Myst V: End of Ages
Myst V: End of Ages is the final chapter to
the Myst saga where the gamer once again begins in the familiar
surroundings of Atrus' prison room in K'Veer where you helped him escape
in the original Myst game over a decade ago. Time has not been kind to
Atrus and he has passed his torch (more specifically an ancient tablet)
to his beautiful daughter Yeesha.
Those familiar with the
Myst series will also be pleased to know that you reprise your role of
the philanthropic stranger who must assist Yeesha in solving an age old
puzzle that may threaten the very universe of Myst.
Without any doubt, the Myst series has been highly popular, especially
among female gamers and older male gamers to which once again this game
is targeting. Unlike the previous series, this current and perhaps final
incarnation of Myst uses real-time graphics that is probably one of the
most graphical impressive games on the market at the moment.
Easily explore vast
3D worlds with just a click of the mouse.
Interact like never
before with the environment – a dynamic new slate interface lets you
communicate with mysterious creatures and manipulate the world
around you. The first new gameplay element ever introduced in the
acclaimed creators of the Myst franchise raise the bar yet again
with new photo realistic worlds ripe with life, weather, movement
mapping technology, “face over”, brings characters alive with
unprecedented emotions and expressiveness
With the introduction of real-time
graphics, the entire psyche of Myst has changed and gameplay is no
longer dictated by prerendered environments because the gamer or more
specifically... the adventurer, can literally wander where ever they
like. Although the view is similar to first person shooter gamers, the
control system is far from it and uses the traditional Myst controls of
manoeuvring throughout the gaming environment.
Like the previous Myst games, End of Ages is divided into a series of
ages, each of which features an overall goal and a suite of puzzles
standing between you and that goal. You’ll find yourself having to lug
heavy tablets through these ages and much of the puzzling involves
finding ways to move yourself and those tablets around obstacles, often
by drawing on the tablets themselves. By drawing runes on the tablets
you can summon a mysterious race to perform magical tasks for you such
as summoning water or even wind itself.
I would recommend this game to those
anybody who enjoyed the Myst series or for those that love a challenge
because Myst V: End of Ages is far from easy and requires quite a
talented mind to solve the puzzles and also linking all the pieces
together. In its purest sense, End of Ages is a traditional text based
adventure game that now has a beautiful graphical interface.
With the onset of real-time graphics, Myst V: End of Ages is indeed a
true masterpiece that contains some of the most beautiful, realistic and
lush graphics that I have seen on a PC. Match that with a variety of
special effects, especially form the lighting and shadowing department
and it's almost as if you're walking on an alien world. To make matters
even more impressive, all the actors that performed the voices for the
game had their faces digitally recorded into the game so that these
textures could them be placed upon the characters in the game.
Needlessly the say, the result if quite spectacular, even though it may
look a little odd in certain places.
As with the previous Myst game, the musical
score of Myst V: End of Ages is perfect and features a subtle yet
engaging soundtrack that perfectly suits the adventure genre. The voice
acting of the title has also been professionally implemented and nothing
sounds too forced or contrived and match that with some realistic sound
effects and you have an extremely impressive sound title.
The developers of Myst V: End of Games claim that this is the final game
in the series but with such an impressive gaming engine, I believe that
the creators will use this to create some side stories of the Myst
universe. The game itself has received a massive overhaul that contains
a beautiful 3D engine, realistic graphics and exceptional character
acting that probably makes this one of the best games in the series
itself. A must have to all fans of the original games!