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Posted 01 September 2005 - 10:09 AM

Gamespy recently posted a hand-on article on Myst V, the latest game from Cyan Worlds. Myst V is the finale to the popular Myst series and introduces several new gameplay mechanics such as full 3D environements and a drawing slate. From the Gamespy article:

Also in place is a traditional mouselook control scheme, allowing you to move using the WASD keys and scan the environment with the mouse, similar to any first-person shooter. There are additional options that let you move forward by pressing the mouse button, and you can even run (running in a Myst game!) using the space key. In short, it appears there's a setup for everyone, and Myst V won't suffer from the unfortunate control issues that plagued Uru: Ages Beyond Myst (the series' last foray into 3D).

But is it a change for the better? Although some of the "wow" factor of the photorealistic backgrounds has been removed, Myst V's graphics are still extremely impressive. It doesn't have the same super-dramatic lighting effects of games like DOOM 3 or F.E.A.R., but it does boast some extremely pretty environments (the water effects are a standout), and the few characters you meet are meticulously crafted, from motion-capped animations to highly detailed and expressive faces matched only by Half-Life 2. Cyan undoubtedly knew that many Myst fans would be apprehensive with the switch, but it seems they've met the challenge of living up to the series' outstanding visuals.
Myst V is currently slated for a September 20th release. To view the article, click the link below.
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