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#1 Cougar

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Posted 16 September 2020 - 01:52 PM

I'm probably the only one around here who cares about yet another incarnation of Myst, but anyway:

[media]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtkJkQ3JztY&t=2s[/media]

The reimagined music and narration is just perfect, IMO.

That brings up an interesting note: this is not a 1:1 remake in VR. You can see some new designs in the screenshots.

I am totally on board with this--some of the art design isn't as quite grounded in reality as in the later games, and so much of the Myst universe was only established in the later games and books. I can see how this might piss off some purists, though.

My only qualm is this better not be a Quest exclusive. I plan on getting an Index when Firmament releases and I refuse to buy anything Facebook-owned. I worry because this is tied into other Oculus announcements today, and it's clear Facebook gave them a boatload of money to make this.

(Oh, and VR is optional...there will be a flat version, too.)

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Posted 16 September 2020 - 03:43 PM

This might be just the thing to get my daughter to try Myst. :-)

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Posted 17 September 2020 - 09:25 AM

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Posted 17 September 2020 - 03:12 PM

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Posted 17 September 2020 - 05:02 PM

View PostAtticus, on 17 September 2020 - 09:25 AM, said:

all your bases are belong to Zuck

I just got confirmation that it's not a Quest exclusive, but it is coming to the Quest first. Whew.

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Posted 22 June 2021 - 07:22 AM

Finally coming to PC and Mac in Q3. So, sometime before October. VR is optional.

Looks like it’ll support the M1 too, based on the system specs. It’ll also be supporting AMD’s DLSS competitor, FidelityFX Super Resolution (at least on Windows).

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Posted 22 June 2021 - 06:54 PM

Has any other studio put out the same game so many different ways? And yet I am considering buying it, again.

(Well, one could argue that some sports and racing games offer mostly tech enhancements over time, along with updated rosters of drivers and players.)

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Posted 22 June 2021 - 11:07 PM

View PostMatt Diamond, on 22 June 2021 - 06:54 PM, said:

Has any other studio put out the same game so many different ways? And yet I am considering buying it, again.
I haven't counted, but Skyrim at least comes close.

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Posted 23 June 2021 - 12:22 PM

View PostMatt Diamond, on 22 June 2021 - 06:54 PM, said:

Has any other studio put out the same game so many different ways? And yet I am considering buying it, again.

Slightly related: yesterday was the 25th anniversary of Quake, and games have been reusing John Carmack's light flicker code ever since.
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Posted 24 June 2021 - 08:49 AM

Goosebumps.

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Posted 17 August 2021 - 08:16 AM

A pleasant surprise: comes out on Gamepass/Steam/Epic/GOG August 26, for PC and Mac. Supports the M1: https://store.steamp...p/1255560/Myst/

During Mysterium they had a thorough
preview (spoilers, obviously) of the new version. Looking like a huge improvement over Occulus: https://m.youtube.co...h?v=n8Ld9rC875s

Same week as Psychonauts 2 but I suppose that’s a good problem to have.

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Posted 17 August 2021 - 11:54 AM

View PostCougar, on 17 August 2021 - 08:16 AM, said:

Same week as Psychonauts 2 but I suppose that's a good problem to have.
Psychonauts 2 for Mac isn't until December though, if like me you are holding out for that one.

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Posted 17 August 2021 - 12:34 PM

View PostMatt Diamond, on 17 August 2021 - 11:54 AM, said:

Psychonauts 2 for Mac isn't until December though, if like me you are holding out for that one.

I know, I'll be playing it on PC. Only play Mac games while traveling these days.

Unfortunately there is no official Reverb G2 support at l launch, so my decision might be made for me. Hoping it'll work fine anyway, though.

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Posted 26 August 2021 - 12:00 PM

it's out! System requirements (according to GoG, anyway).


Minimum system requirements:

Recommended system requirements:


System:

OS: Big Sur 11.5.2 or later Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system

OS: Big Sur 11.5.2 or later Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system


Processor:

Quad core intel or Apple M1

Quad core intel or Apple M1


Memory:

8 GB RAM

16 GB RAM


Graphics:

Apple, AMD, Intel

Apple, AMD, Intel


Storage:

20 GB available space

20 GB available space


Other:

- All MacBook Pros released since 2018 - All iMacs released since 2019 - All iMac Pros released since 2017 - All MacBook Airs released since 2018 - All Mac Pros released since 2019 - All Mac minis released since 2018 - Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system

- All MacBook Pros released since 2018 - All iMacs released since 2019 - All iMac Pros released since 2017 - All MacBook Airs released since 2018 - All Mac Pros released since 2019 - All Mac minis released since 2018 - Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system

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Posted 26 August 2021 - 12:24 PM

Is it possible to play without a fraking VR headset? Because me an VR are never going to be on agreeable terms.....

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Posted 26 August 2021 - 12:30 PM

View PostFrigidman™, on 26 August 2021 - 12:24 PM, said:

Is it possible to play without a fraking VR headset? Because me an VR are never going to be on agreeable terms.....

Yes, but the main draw is VR support. Played it for about ten minutes so far and the sense of scale is incredible in VR. Myst is mostly looking the best it’s ever been, but due to VR they had to ditch the live action,  and the new CG characters are… not good. So I wouldn’t consider this the “canonical” experience.

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Posted 26 August 2021 - 12:48 PM

View PostCougar, on 26 August 2021 - 12:30 PM, said:

the new CG characters are… not good. So I wouldn't consider this the "canonical" experience.
Not to worry, there will be a Myst VR Masterpiece Edition in about 5 years.

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Posted 26 August 2021 - 12:57 PM

View PostMatt Diamond, on 26 August 2021 - 12:48 PM, said:


Not to worry, there will be a Myst VR Masterpiece Edition in about 5 years.

Heh. Well, they aren’t done with this version yet—they will be adding Rime Age back in at some point. (A small bonus age originally added to RealMyst.)

They are also using MetaHuman for Firmament, so I wouldn’t be surprised if that work pushes them to revisit the Myst characters in the future.

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Posted 26 August 2021 - 02:01 PM

View PostCougar, on 26 August 2021 - 12:30 PM, said:

Yes, but the main draw is VR support. Played it for about ten minutes so far and the sense of scale is incredible in VR. Myst is mostly looking the best it's ever been, but due to VR they had to ditch the live action,  and the new CG characters are… not good. So I wouldn't consider this the "canonical" experience.

Ah. Shame. It was one of the downsides to Myst V... the 'animated characters'. Left it feeling flat (oddly).

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Posted 27 August 2021 - 11:24 AM

Heh, someone already created a "mod" that is the old FMV characters, AI-upscaled.  It works for everything except for the one place in the game (mild spoilers) where a person is in front of you.

So it seems they chose to make all the characters CG for artistic consistency.