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Myst V: End of Ages (Windows)

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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 Todelmer, the age of planetary exploration
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 Duplicate symbols by drawing on the tablet. (The circle represents your finger.)
Myst V: End of Ages Windows Pedestals like this one are an integral part of travelling throughout an "age"

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 Risujin (10) 3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars
All good things must come to an end... Jeanne (75624) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars

The Press Says

GameBoomers Oct, 2005 A 100
CPU Gamer Dec 28, 2005 9.2 out of 10 92
ComputerGames.ro Nov 22, 2005 91 out of 100 91
Fragland.net Nov 18, 2005 88.8 out of 100 89
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Oct, 2005 87 out of 100 87
PC Zone Sep 23, 2005 8.7 out of 10 87
GameStar (Germany) Sep, 2005 75 out of 100 75
Gamekult Sep 22, 2005 7 out of 10 70
GotNext Nov 10, 2005 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Oct 23, 2005 57 out of 100 57

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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).)
Jeanne (75624) added Myst V: End of Ages (Windows) on Sep 20, 2005
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