Uru: Ages Beyond Myst
- Brilliant 3D graphics and more!
- 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.
From the Manufacturer
The classic adventure game Myst goes online with Uru: Online Ages Beyond Myst. Players will have the opportunity to explore and interact with meticulously crafted environments in, around, and beyond the newly discovered underground D'ni empire that predates human civilization.
Uru will take advantage of broadband to deliver a continually updated, immersive environment and storyline, with content that grows, changes and evolves constantly. It will also be the first persistent world to support real-time voice communication. Uru is designed to appeal to a broad audience and enable players of all skill levels and interests to experience expansive ages of the Myst universe in a uniquely social environment. Playing their own avatars, hundreds of thousands of players will meet new people, all realistic impersonations of themselves, play games, solve mysteries and embark on a voyage of discovery with friends. Players will be able to customize their level of interaction with other players, choosing to play alone, with small groups of friends or in areas where they can meet new people.
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.
1. Uru does have good graphics and sound but Uru is not as compatible with graphic and sound cards as both Riven and Myst were.
2. You spend lots of time looking at the same stuff because of the idiocy of puzzles that require you to move something around, which is near impossible.
3. If you die, you go back to a spot very far away on your game and have to do all the same stuff to return you to were you left off.
4. I am not avid gamer but I don't think I'm alone in saying that I wasted way to much time trying to control my character. None of the point and click stuff that made Riven and Myst beautiful and easy to control.
5. Most of the worlds are designed so dark they are really difficult to see in.
6. To much excess! You can waste lots of time on stuff that has very little to do with actually winning the game. I'm all for touring but this took it to the extreme.
Again, I was crazy about the first two, but this one is simply not worth it. I hope they come out with another because this was truly a horrible way to end a great series.
Uru is another Myst game but in a different vein - and so some Myst fans will love it, some will hate it.
Rather than the prerendered graphics of the previous games, Uru contains immersive 3D environments that are rendered on the computer and so allow you much more freedom to wander round and explore. Unlike the static first person views of the other games, you control an avatar that can run, jump, climb and crawl all over the gameplay area. So if you ever wanted to try to jump on a rock, slide down a handrail or wade in a lake, you can.
Of course, this represents a major departure from the lack of any challenges requiring running, jumping, or timed character manipulation in the earlier games. People unfamiliar with this sort of interface will take some time coming to grips with it. And the presence of timed puzzles where your avatar must do certain things within a limited time will frustrate those whose control of the avatar is not that good. There are not many absolutely crucial jumps or timed runs, but it is frustrating in a Myst game to work out what you have to do but just not have the physical ability to get your avatar to do it. Even more frustrating is the fact that you can 'die' - well, not die exactly, but if you miss a jump and fall into a lava pit you have to link back to another area, then restore your game to where you were before.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
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. Read morePublished on Dec 30 2004
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
After reading some of the reviews, one thing is very obvious... people are totally missing the point of this game. Read morePublished on May 28 2004
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
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