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The classic returns
There can't be many people who don't know the name of Myst and its sequel Riven, as such adventures are close to legendary in gaming circles and which are known for practically inventing an entire genre. However, if you're one of those gamers who have never experienced their delights and are curious about trying one, then this is a good place to start. In essence, this is a remake of the original Myst so unless you're a diehard fan of it, there's perhaps no need to try this but otherwise, this is still a fine adventure. The game is basically a first-person point-and-click adventure, which sees you stumbling upon a mysterious book and after reading it, you find yourself within the world described in its pages. The gameplay sees you venturing through a series of static scenes, solving the many and varied puzzles which are the very reason for the game's existence. This version adds a whole new game engine, with the main point of appeal being far superior visuals and audio to the original. However, this is something which might not appeal to the purists out there and for those people, they're probably better off with the original. If you're not so snobbish though, then you'll find a riveting and highly challenging cerebral adventure which still stands up well today. The story is thinner than other such games which have followed in its wake but there's no denying the beauty and craftmanship which went into this so if you want to play a true classic, then this should be in your collection.
A welcome upgrade
Myst Masterpiece Edition is a remake of the 1993 release of Myst developed by Cyan. The Masterpiece Edition is nothing more than an updated version of the earlier game and a great improvment indeed. While the story has not been upgraded and neither are extras thrown in, the revamped version of the features better gameplay, more beautiful graphics, improved cinematics and a re-mastered soundtrack and sound effects. While for other games, these improvemens, minus the gameplay, are completely pointless, here these are essential for the whole game depends on them. An example of an enhancement in the Masterpiece Edition is that the images are now rendered in 24-bit truecolor comparing to the 8-bit color of the original Myst. Maybe for some this isn't a relavant upgrade, but if you compare screenshots of the same locations of the two versions, you will see the difference and relevance. All in all, if you want a better experience, Myst Masterpiece Edition is the version you should need to play.
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