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Uru: Ages Beyond Myst

Platform : Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows XP
Rated: Everyone

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  • Platform:   Windows 98 / Me / XP
  • ESRB Rating: Everyone Everyone
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B00008Z0IA
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 14 x 4.4 cm ; 227 g
  • Release Date: Nov. 13 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,451 in Computer and Video Games (See Top 100 in Computer and Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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By jason on March 13 2004
Wow. Judging from the reviews here, URU seems to be a love it or hate it affair! I'll try to give a nice middle of the road review.
First, I'd like to address the graphics card complaints. Alot of people are trying to imply that needing a 32MB nvidia geforce1,2,3,4, or fx / ati radeon 7000-9000+ is too steep a requirement. I'm sorry to say that if you don't have one of these cards, some of which are almost considered "bottom of the line" now, you are not set up to play many, if any, of the newer games comming out. My card is a 64 mb geforce 4 in a pci slot, and my 256 ram causes more trouble with URU than it does. This card was cheap (by comparison) almost a year ago.
As for the game it's self, it is very well done. The graphics are superb, even set in the medium quality range. Moving clouds, ripples on the surface of water, brilliant colors and a little wildlife here and there all add up to a very realistic looking game environment. The sound effects are also very well done, although the music can seem to start abruptly for no reason some times. This takes a little away from the immersion. Overall, the game makers have created a very realistic world, while keeping it within "average" systems performance abilities.
The game play is a little harder to rate. It is very MYST like on one hand, but couldn't be more different on the other. Played from the first person perspective, it reminds me of a seriously upgraded RealMYST. Why some have said this game looks nothing like the others is beyond me. The similarities are unquestionable. Wander, think, take notes and solve puzzels that range from simple to maddening. If it weren't for the jumps, you could call URU MYST 4. But the jumps... Yes they can be very difficult, and the do seem out of place in a MYST game.
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Uru: Ages Beyond Myst, is a successful re-invention of the almost dead Adventure genre. Unlike so many 'Myst'-clones and 'Longest Journey' clones out there, this game is refreshing with every minute you spend with it.
Unlike thre previous 3 Myst games, URU, allows you to create an avatar that looks ALMOST like you. You can choose to play the game in either third person or first person mode. The graphics, as with all Myst games, are stunning, from the surreal giant mushroom realem of Teledahn to the purple hue Lothlorien world of Kadish Tolesa. For the first time in the series, you can jump and choose where to go.
You are given a home and a wardrobe ( known as the Relto Age ) where you can collect pages to add things to the home island of yours.
The puzzles here are refreshing challenging. For once in the adventure genre, URU actually features LOGICAL puzzles that can be easily solved by logical thinking. Clues are everywhere!
There is an online and offline portion of the game. You start off by playing the offline bit. The online portion is not yet completely ready HOWEVER you can register with the game publisher to be selected for a part in its prologue (final beta testing). I am part of it. So far, I have met extremely helpful players and the Guild Of Greeters, who are doing an excellent job in helping confused new players. Also part of it's storyline has started... and it is intriguing!
Once the online portion offically begins (in 2004)you get register and join the exploration straight away, and don't worry, you won't miss out on anything.
URU is an excellent adventure game for new comers and Myst fans who are willing to accept the new concepts begin injected to the Myst series. A great family (no violence, no blood and gore... just beautiful landscapes and human interaction) gift this season.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Karl Stahmer on July 6 2004
Uru: Ages Beyond Myst is an outstanding game with exceptional images, sounds and puzzles ... so why four stars and not five?
Uru has two significant flaws:
1) You can't save your game.
Your save points are set by touching each Age's seven Journey Cloths. It's the game designers - not the gamer - who determines save points.
Good save points make it easy for the gamer to explore alternate endings, and more importantly, to avoid having to solve the same puzzle repeatedly.
But unless you play Uru perfectly, some Journey Cloths are placed so that you must solve several puzzles multiple times.
2) Your avatar can walk, run, climb and jump.
Unlike Myst, Riven and Exile, Uru is no longer restricted to point-and-click movement from one scene to the next.
But there's a problem.
Your avatar is keyboard and mouse controlled, not joystick enabled. Its third person perspective is occasionally sloppy. Moreover, it can't use its hands when moving objects; that's a ridiculous constraint.
Uru's minimum hardware requirements are...
800 MHz Pentium/AMD Athlon
250 MB RAM
32 MB nVidia GForce 1 - 4 or FX/ATI Radeon 7000 - 9800 or better
Assuming you don't want long delays between Age loads, I strongly recommend, "or better."
My guess, Uru really wants a 2 GHz CPU with 1 GB of RAM and a 128 MB video card. Uru is designed for higher end hardware.
Uru also has hardware requirement gotchas. Here are some of them...
* 98SE is specific; no allowance is made for Windows 98.
* The video card requirement is precise: it's either a 32 MB nVidia GForce 1 - 4 or FX, or an ATI Radeon 7000 - 9800 or better.
No other video card will work, including lower end versions of nVidia or ATI Radeon.
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