Αναρτήθηκε: 25 Ιανουαρίου
I'm a real hardcore Myst fan. Have read all the books, got the OST CDs and played all the games mulitple times (Except Uru.. hated that one), so I'm coming at RealMyst as someone very passionate about the games as well as the genre. It had been a while since I last tackled Myst, so the puzzles were vaguely familiar, but not easy to solve: e.g. I knew the way to solve the generator puzzle on Myst, but not the specific response.
The translation to full 3D brings this game back to absolutely fresh. It was great to be able to experience this all over again from a completely new perspective. I'd say that many of the puzzles were a lot easier thanks to the ability to spin around and see the status of switches and pipes without having to step-move-turn-step-etc to see.
The graphics are all quite rudimentary for a 3d game - polygons as well as shading and fogging artefacts show up a lot, reminding you that this is quite an old game. Saying that, the translation to full 3D has been done in a really sympathetic way: the ages all feel the way they used to, and the addition of atmospheric effects, variable lighting, day/night cycles and so on really adds that "well loved" feel to this remake. The world feels exactly the same, basically, which is a remarkable achievement considering the time span between the original and remake, the different teams and technologies.
The new team has added in some new content as well, including a new "Age" which helps to link to the next game, Riven. There's a nod to "Ti'Ana" from one of the books, and other small additions here and there. Very nicely done.
The music and sounds have been lovingly ported over. The music is exactly as I remember it, and the videos in the books look to be direct copies of the original video files: No upscaling or re-taping has been done, so the grainy feel of the books is perfect.
The game plays through virtually seamlessly (see Crashing notes below). The ability to only move forwards and backwards and spin is probably some way to make it 'feel' more like the original, so you gently slide into the "myst groove" as you move through the world.
OK, so the game itself has clearly been remade by a team dedicated to the faithfulness of the original.. But how did they do technology-wise? Well if you're playing this on a modern PC (windows Vista or above) you're gonna run into problems. The game really needs to run as administrator in XP compatibility mode to reduce the number of CTDs. Secondly, the format of the videos in the books is the exact same "Indeo v5" that was used in the original game, so I'm guessing the video files are the self-same video files! Unfortunately Steam doesn't install Indeo. I had to hunt about to find an appropriate install. The "official" ones didn't install properly, so ended up going to cucusoft to get theirs... Once that was done, the book videos started to play, and I didn't get the wierd "1FPS" bug when I was facing towards the "library".
Once that was all sorted, the game crashed on me about 5 times during the playthrough, so I advise saving every 10 minutes or so. Set an alarm clock or something to remind you... Once I played for about an hour and it crashed.. not too pleased.
Getting to the end was a real joy. Totally enjoyed the addition of "Rime", but it confused the heck out of me when the game didn't "End", I was just left at (basically) a dead end. This is intentional, and Even Atrus says that's what I should do, so I can't be too gripey, but it was a bit "hunh?".
This is a fantastic remake. Anyone who enjoyed the original should get this and re-enjoy it all over again. It doesn't take long to finish. Just remember: save often! Two-thumbs-up!