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Myst Uru - free expansions

Posted by dormouse (18th Jul 2004, 20:43) - http://mystworlds.ubi.com

Uru - the Myst game whose online component failed to get off the ground due to funding problems earlier this year - has now got 2 downloadable expansions (1 free). And Myst IV will be out in a few months.

When the game was cancelled, the Uru people said they had to change focus and concentrate on developing and selling expansion packs.

The first expansion, "To D'ni" - (www.uruobsession.com) - explores why the DRC effort was cancelled. You get to explore the city (as in Uru Live). The Gigex download site sucks due to annoying javascript, I downloaded from the Ubisoft France one. 180 MB.

The second and apparently last expansion, "The Path of the Shell", is a 457MB download - (www.ubi.com) - and looks at the future of D'ni. Apart from the huge size, no problems downloading this one. This one will ask for money when you try to install it - with the current exchange rate, this works out as about £12. (If you follow the 'special' European download links; this will cost you £20 from a different supplier!)

Both of these expansions give you new ages to explore, and may make changes in the ones you've been to already. They pretty much make available all the stuff that had been originally developed and intended for Uru Live. The first one doesn't demand you register or anything.

Buying - you can now get the original Uru quite cheaply (15 quid on amazon). If for whatever reason you feel like giving them some more money (or avoiding the d/l), you can buy the Complete Chronicles for 30 quid (Uru + 2 expansions), or the 2nd expansion alone for £17.

Myst 4, Revelation, (www.mystrevelation.com), has been in production for the last few years by a different group and should be released around September this year. It will use the same navigation system as Exile, with hotspots and 360 degree swivelling views around points. I think this is a step backwards from Uru's fully 3D environment, which I found much easier to explore and still utterly beautiful. Anyway, Revelation will go back to the original story about the 2 naughty brothers. Coinciding with the game publication, the 3 Myst books (of which we have 2) will be re-released as a compilation, "The Myst Reader".


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 gaspode ( 19th Jul 2004, 12:43, Rank: Killer Rabbit )  reply

I bought Myst 3 at Aberdeen Airport for £7 yesterday, so I'll probably start giving that a go at some point. The fact that I completed neither Myst nor Riven doesn't bode well though... :-)

(I know it's got nothing to do with Myst 4, but it's sort of on topic, and I can't get at external pages from the office here yet...)


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 Sulkyblue ( 19th Jul 2004, 19:21, Rank: Nazgul )  reply

(news.bbc.co.uk) - comment from Myst 4's producer. Largely waffling on about games for women. Lordy how I despise bullshit discussions about gender generalisations.


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 dormouse ( 19th Jul 2004, 20:02, Rank: Jedi )  reply

i quite liked myst 3 - although the puzzles were closer to the original Myst than Riven, and I did prefer Riven :) Myst 1 and 3 have more straightforward set pieces.

The bbc article drops in an interesting point which i forgot to mention - the fact that Myst 4 will allow you to take screenshots in-game and save them along with descriptive notes. This will no doubt be a relief to those who hate taking extensive notes and attempting to copy random shapes and diagrams. i have in the past briefly pondered taking pictures of the screen with a digital camera but concluded that I'd need a 2nd computer next to me to manage that properly ;) It's probably a good thing that my desk doesn't have room...


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 Sulkyblue ( 20th Jul 2004, 10:03, Rank: Nazgul )  reply

That camera thing definately sounds like a good idea. I've always rather liked scribbling notes and doodling diagrams, but it could sometimes get rather tedious. I do like the way that you can track so many developments across the generations of myst as they change/improve things like interface and movement so much.

Personally I've never played any of the games beyond Myst 1 which I enjoyed but found the interface frustratingly clunky. I also find that I don't have the patience to solve the puzzles and just end up spending my whole time dropping out to hints pages. ;o)


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 karne ( 20th Jul 2004, 10:32, Rank: GSV )  reply

The Riven puzzles were great fun but very obscure with linked puzzle systems spanning multiple game locations. After that I found Myst 3's puzzles a little too linear and mechanical.


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 Sulkyblue ( 11th Aug 2004, 13:31, Rank: Nazgul )  reply

(dlx.gamespot.com) - Myst IV demo


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