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Uru: Ages Beyond Myst

by Ubisoft
Windows 98 / Me / XP
 Everyone
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)

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

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Plunge into a world unlike any dreamt possible before. From the makers of the original Myst and Riven, this groundbreaking adventure beckons players to uncover the elusive secrets of the ancient D'ni civilization. Follow Yeesha, eccentric daughter of Atrus, to discover Linking Books, encounter descendants, and solve puzzles as you venture through visually stunning environments.


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Uru: Ages Beyond Myst is the next chapter of the Myst franchise and the most immersive and ambitious Myst experience ever created. The game is bigger, better, and more innovative than any of the previous Myst adventures. Players can move at their own pace, spending hours discovering visually stunning, real-time 3D worlds, solving a large variety of mind-challenging puzzles, and following an epic storyline. Players can continue to discover new areas of D'ni by downloading new maps, worlds, and puzzles.

The Story of Uru

The story of the D'ni civilization began when they established their underground empire on Earth some 10,000 years ago. While living beneath the Earth's surface, the D'ni practiced what they called the "Art of Writing," which enabled them to create links to incredible, alternate worlds of fantastic variety called "Ages," to which they could travel through "Linking Books."

The D'ni people thrived for thousands of years, but later met with a great catastrophe that all but ended their civilization. Their vast cavern was left uninhabited, and their Linking Books and Ages seemed lost forever.


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Then, in the late 1980s, a few humans from the surface discovered that cavern. One of these humans was Elias Zandi. He devoted the rest of his life to exploring and, eventually, restoring that ancient city in the D'ni cavern, preparing to one day reveal their discovery to those who were suddenly feeling irresistibly drawn to the cavern.

When he passed away in 1996, his legacy was divided between a foundation that he set up and his only son, Jeff Zandi. The foundation came to be known as the DRC (D'ni Restoration Council). As their name implies, they took on the task of physically restoring the ruins of the D'ni cavern. If you choose to visit the cavern at some point, you're sure to run into them.


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Jeff Zandi, on the other hand, was interested in learning why the D'ni civilization fell in the first place. He continued studying the teachings of Yeesha, by far the most talented of all the D'ni writers, and daughter of Atrus and Catherine. After years of learning, the younger Zandi is finally comfortable bringing others to an uru (a D'ni word meaning "large gathering" or "grand community").

On your way to the cavern, if you decide to join us, it might be a good idea for you to learn some of the great teachings of Yeesha. Experience the adventure of a lifetime, Uru: Ages Beyond Myst.

Game Features

  • Experience a new freedom of movement, a first for the Myst franchise: Explore each unique age in real-time 3D, moving your character effortlessly through the world without pointing and clicking.
  • Create a realistic character: Choosing from a wide variety of facial and clothing features, you will be able to create a male or female avatar that you will use to explore the world. The range of character options allows you to appear the way you look, or the way you want to look.
  • Explore the mysterious and graphically intense world of Uru. Uru's work-of-art style graphics will immerse and captivate you like never before.

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  • Follow an epic storyline: At the request of Yeesha, the eccentric daughter of Atrus, you'll journey through a variety of different ages, and discover the lost civilization of the D'ni people. As the story unfolds, you'll be drawn deeper into the D'ni civilization, and if you choose to download new content, the journey expands even further. You can explore new ages and areas of the D'ni civilization, unravel new mysteries, and adventure in a world that continually changes and expands. Exciting new content will be downloaded regularly, providing an adventure experience that is fresh and ever-changing.

Product Description

Continue to discover new areas of D'ni by connecting to Uru Live, the online service of Uru. There, players will be part of an ever-expanding world that brings more areas to explore and more mysteries to solve.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but flawed game 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A step down for the series July 3 2004
Myst was great, Riven was insanely hard but genius, and Exile was spectacular, with perfect difficulty and great puzzles...with Uru, however, the series has gone slightly awry. The idea of an avatar isn't entirely terrible, but the ideas of kicking things into position and having to walk and jump accurately to progress are. As for the first one, just let us have an inventory, and have a set position for the items when we figure out where to put them back down! The soccer game that pervades Uru is absurd. And the need for nimble fingers has no place in the Myst franchise; if we want to test our ability to run and jump skillfully, we'll go play a platformer. Give us the ability to run and jump, sure, but don't make us master it in order to win the game.
A few of the puzzles in Uru, in my view, require a mental leap outside of the realm of logic, but others may disagree. In any case, I eagerly anticipate Myst IV: Revelation, and hope it will be less like this subchapter and more like Exile.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't stand out Dec 30 2004
When I first heard that Uru would allow the user to make their own character and place him/her into this world, I was very excited. However, once I got my hands on the game itself and learned how troublesome it was to simply move this person around the worlds, I was very disappointed. My father and I have been playing these games since Riven and have loved them immensely. Every year, right after Christmas we begin to play them and usually continue nonstop till we have beat it. However, it has been about a year since Uru has first come out and it is just now that we are actually beginning to go through it again and finish.
The past games had problems that could have been solved by using clues spread throughout the world. But I find with Uru that you just have to play guess and check a lot which I have never found to be the way when it came to Myst.
Now I am usually a patient person but the loading time between worlds is unbelievable. This game requires a lot of linking I have found and some of the problems are timed (I am thinking of the Paths of the Shell expansion pack on this comment), so you really start panicking when your computer takes a good 5 minutes before something actually shows up. And then to actually get the player moving without being all jolty, it takes another minute to load. Sigh. Very disheartening.
I have found that with Uru and even Exile the quality has come down. Riven seems to be their own real achievement currently but hopefully Myst IV will redeem them... if only I could get it to load on my computer. Sigh. These games have it in for me and my computer, I tell you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo! May 28 2004
By A Customer
After reading some of the reviews, one thing is very obvious... people are totally missing the point of this game.
Uru is an amazing story, one that you get to learn as you explore an even more amazing world. The point is not to "win" or "beat the game" - it's to find out more about the D'ni people, and most importantly - where they went. ( Maybe, that's why there are so many notebooks laying around?? Just maybe? ) I played Myst (though never played Riven nor Exile )and I found Uru far more user-friendly then the first Myst released.
I personally, LOVE this game - and am biting my nails just waiting for the next expansion. It truly is a story to live - one that will keep you guessing around every corner.
Yes, you have to use your noggin, but again - that's the point. This is not an "I win" game - it's an evolving world that you get to play a part in. A world done beautifully and one that you will find yourself happily lost in for days.
Two thumbs up, in my opinion.
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1.0 out of 5 stars ugh
I have had the game for three weeks now, and I still can't get it to work! My computer specs meet all of the recommended requirements and I even downloaded the patch! Read more
Published on May 29 2004 by Avid reader
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good
This game is not user friendly. It is not like the other Myst games. I can't even get a start on the game. It won't save when you want to quit. Read more
Published on May 19 2004 by Caroline
4.0 out of 5 stars I was certainly impressed...
Let me preface this by saying I haven't played Myst, and I have only played a little of Riven.
I have found URU to be a great game, the main problem being technical - it takes... Read more
Published on May 19 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars If it ain't broke, don't fix it!
I must say this was quite a step down from the previous Myst games. The avatar (why do we need an avatar in the first place? Read more
Published on May 17 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Have The Developers Lost Their Minds?
If you're like me and loved Myst, Riven, Myst 3: Exile, realMyst, you'll love Uru: Ages Beyond Myst but it has some major flaws...
1) Get Rid Of The Avatar! Read more
Published on May 14 2004 by Stan
2.0 out of 5 stars Myst creators lose at their own game
Let me begin by saying I am an avid fan of both Riven and Myst. However, Uru falls flat on it's face. Read more
Published on May 12 2004 by Eliza Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars Knottyboy
I was a beta tester for URU and URU live. I too was dismayed by the pulling of the live content but suffice to say I don't think we can truly know what was going on behind the... Read more
Published on April 11 2004 by Wayne Noffsinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Myst Revelations
For all of those members of the myst comunity, I have great news. MYST IV IS COMING OUT SOON! It now has a deffinate title and it is Myst revelations. Read more
Published on April 8 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars My personal view of the game
(...)this game revolves more on the Dni Civilization and the untouched world that this civilization has left for us to discover. Read more
Published on April 2 2004
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