Uru: Ages Beyond Myst
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- Platform: Windows 98 / Me / XP
- ESRB Rating: Everyone
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
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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.
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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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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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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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.
- 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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on May 29 2004 by Avid reader
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 morePublished on May 19 2004 by Caroline
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
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 morePublished on May 17 2004
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
Let me begin by saying I am an avid fan of both Riven and Myst. However, Uru falls flat on it's face. Read morePublished on May 12 2004 by Eliza Jane
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 morePublished on April 11 2004 by Wayne Noffsinger
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 morePublished on April 8 2004