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Myst V: End of Ages

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MobyRank MobyScore
Macintosh
75
4.2
Windows
80
3.8
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Description

Myst V: End of Ages is the final wrap-up of the successful Myst saga. It begins several years after the events of Uru, To D'ni, and Path of the Shell. This final chapter starts in the Age of K'veer, where Atrus, the creator of the linking books, lived in both Myst and Riven.

Players of previous Myst games learned of the D'ni, the people whose world died due to wrong-doings and neglect. Meet again an older and discouraged Yeesha, the daughter of Atrus and Catherine, who implores you to reconstruct a powerful tablet comprised of 4 parts. Explore beautiful Ages to find the pieces that will make the whole, solving puzzles which require logic and deduction. Once the tablet is reconstructed, it will be up to you to make the right choice .. Revive the D'ni world .. or destroy it. Three distinct endings can occur depending upon your final decision.

Besides RealMyst, the remake of the original Myst, this is the only game in the series to use real-time 3D which allows you to move fluidly throughout scenery that is alive with movement. Using new technology, facial expressions and movements are rendered by motion-capturing the faces of real actors and actresses as they spoke and then combining the result with the graphically rendered characters.

The interface is mouse-drive in point-and-click fashion traditional to the 4 previous games, but with options to play in "classic" or "free move" mode. An original, fully-orchestrated musical score compliments the gameplay.

Screenshots

Myst V: End of Ages Windows Title Screen
Myst V: End of Ages Windows Icons appear in the top right (for journals, saving and menus) by pointing your mouse there or by pressing the ESCape key
Myst V: End of Ages Windows This sketch might be of use, but you can't take it with you.
Myst V: End of Ages Windows Tahgira - a prison age of ice and snow

Alternate Titles

  • "迷霧之島5:最終章" -- Chinese title (traditional)
  • "神秘岛V:时代的终结" -- Chinese title (simplified)
  • "Myst V: Koniec Wieków" -- Polish title
  • "Myst 5" -- Informal name

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User Reviews

Innovative, fitting conclusion to the series Windows Risujin (10)
All good things must come to an end... Windows Jeanne (75627)

The Press Says

Adventure Lantern Windows 2005 95 out of 100 95
JeuxVideoPC.com Windows Sep 30, 2005 16 out of 20 80
USA Today Macintosh Oct 17, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
G4 TV: X-Play Windows Oct 25, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Powerplay Windows Oct, 2005 79 out of 100 79
Gamers.at Windows Nov 10, 2005 78 out of 100 78
GameStar (Germany) Windows Sep, 2005 75 out of 100 75
Video Game Talk Windows Jan 18, 2006 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Jeuxvideo.com Windows Sep 21, 2005 14 out of 20 70
TotalVideoGames (TVG) Windows Oct 08, 2005 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

Mark DeForest helped settle fears that Myst V cannot run on any Windows versions other than 2000 and XP. (Forum message on Myst Obsession web site)

"Even though the specs will save Windows 2000 and XP only, it is more of a support (customer service) issue than a technical issue.

We not only kept the Win 98 and Me code in the Plasma engine, but it was also tested in our QA lab and the code maintained. There were a few bugs that we will have to ship with because of some video card and sound card Win98/Me driver issues, but were isolated to just those cards.

So, what does this mean for Win 98 and Me users? For most of you, the game should run fine. However, if you have trouble and try to call the Ubisoft customer service, they will probably tell you that you are on your own.
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Related Web Sites

  • Apple Games Article (An article discussing Myst V: End of Ages, including comments from the developers.)
  • Bert Jamin's Walkthrough (Complete solution with graphics)
  • GameFaqs Guides (Walkthroughs and FAQs for Myst 5)
  • Hint Guide (on Myst Obsession, a series fan site)
  • Myst V: End of Ages (Official US website)
  • Rand Miller Speaks About Myst V (A transcript of a meeting held with Rand Miller at the 2005 E3 trade show as provided by news site Just Adventure.)
  • The Myst Guidebook (The End of Ages subsection of the Guidebook fansite that provides information about the game and a brief background on the game's production.)
  • UHS Hints (Full guide with solutions arranged in question and answer format)
  • Wikipedia: Myst V (A general article about the game on the open encyclopedia.)
  • Zarf's Mini-Review (A mini-review of the Macintosh version of End of Ages by interactive fiction writer Andrew Plotkin (Feb. 24th, 2010).)
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