Riven: The Sequel to Myst (PlayStation)

Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
User Score
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

RIVEN / I'm sure, this is the place were I came from! RIVEN IS HOME! Dani Mittler-Coe (3) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Better than Myst (but still the same anyway) Grant McLellan (544) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.6
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.5
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.6
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.6
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.8
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.5
Overall User Score (18 votes) 3.6

Critic Reviews

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PSX Nation
While I stress that this game is not for everyone it is quite an enjoyable experience for those looking for something different. Kudos to Acclaim for again bringing out the variety to the PlayStation. If you're looking for action it's definitely not here.
Mega Fun
Riven knüpft auch in der Kritik nahtlos an Myst an. Ihr bekommt Rendergrafik vom Feinsten zu sehen. Die rasanten Videosequenzen geben ihr übriges. Aus den Boxen kommt der passende Sound: Natürliche Geräusche, im wesentlichen ohne das übliche störende Gedudel. Das ganze Spiel vermittelt eine gepflegte Langeweile, genauer gesagt: Ruhe und Ausgeglichenheit. Doch gleichermaßen ist es genau das, was ich genauso gut Riven vorhalten kann. Viele Zocker werden einfach davon abgeschreckt sein, weil Hektik und Action im Gameplay fehlen. Ein Punkt, an dem es bei den meisten Grafikadventures krankt. Mich stört aber auch, daß die Story trotz guter Schauspielleistung ziemlich zu kurz kommt. Die Zielgruppe läßt sich gut eingrenzen: Riven ist auf einer ähnlichen Welle wie Yoga, also mehr etwas für diejenigen, die abends nach einem stressigen Arbeitstag ein wenig Entspannung suchen. Actionfreaks sind an der falschen Adresse.
Riven differs from the rest of the games out there in the way its graphics have been designed. Instead of an actual 3-D environment, Riven uses thousands of high-quality still images to portray the illusion of one. Sadly, Riven has a few problems that should have been addressed. First and foremost, the amount of disc-swapping is simply intolerable. The boundaries of the interactive background items don't seem to be defined well enough, so sometimes the pointer will not correctly reflect if an item is clickable or not. Aside from those two major gripes, Riven is a pretty decent game. The puzzles are still a bit too hard and don't really integrate into the story very well, but you can get used to that.
All in all, I believe the developers of Riven did the best job they could porting this game over to the PlayStation, and if you don't have access to a PC, this version of Riven is adequate, but just that.