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Publisher: Ubisoft    Genre: Adventure & RPG
Min OS X: Any Version    CPU: G3 @ 233 MHz    RAM: 64 MB    Hard Disk: 200 MB    4x CD-ROM    Graphics: 640x480 @ 16-bit

Myst III: Exile
June 13, 2001 | Michael Phillips

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Graphics: Good, Van Johnson Good!
Myst III: Exile like its predecessors features breathtakingly surreal visuals. From my first visit to Tomahna, I knew that this game would live up to the hype and then some. Each Age is absolutely beautiful, complete with rocky cliffs, wild life and lovely visual effects. Thanks to hardware acceleration through the use of OpenGL, Exile can produce weather effects, such as lightning on the horizon and lens flares, rippling water effects and various other graphical enhancements. Exileís designers did an excellent job of using colors to set the mood for an Age. Amateriaís prominent use of purple and orange gives it a very dream like quality, while Voltaicís use of black, red and other earth tones gives it a very harsh, desolate feel. Trust me, Exile wonít let you down in the eye candy department.

Sound: Big, Gabby Hays Big!
The audio effects and soundtrack in Exile are truly an aural delight. The Exile team did a superb job at creating crisp and realistic sound effects that bring the player into each Age. Metal doors sound loud and ominous, sweeping winds give a feeling of loneliness and thunder creates a feeling of terror. The Myst III: Exile soundtrack is also spectacular! It features a full orchestra and totals 60 minutes of listening pleasure. Itís honestly the best music Iíve heard in a video game.

Conclusion: Pick Up that Linking Book and Jump In!
Myst III: Exile restores my faith in the adventure games genre. In a sea of blood and violence, Exile is truly a thinking manís (or womanís) game. With stunning graphics, superb audio effects, an immersive story and challenging puzzles, Myst III: Exile is the perfect choice for any adventure gamer.

Many users with 3Dfx VooDoo based video cards have reported several issues with Exile. However, Exile ran as smooth as silk on my ATI Radeon based Power Mac G4.

Now, I leave with a questionÖ What feature is shared by Mr. Burnsí office from The Simpsons and the Tower on Myst Island? The first person to answer this correctly wins their very own copy of Myst III: Exile. (Note, we have a winner! The answer is: Both Mr. Burns' office and the Tower on Myst Island rotate.)

Myst III: Exile
Developer: Presto Studios
Publisher: Ubisoft
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