What a time to be a gamer from the 90s! Welcome to my Myst Review for a title that launched today, 26 August 2021. For someone who’s played all the Myst games and read the books, it’s a fantastic feeling to travel in the newly imagined world brought to you by Cyan Worlds Inc.
In my Myst Review, we’re going to look at how the old features have been revamped. I’ll show you what’s new while giving a small taste to those gamers who’ve never touched this amazing puzzle adventure game. Here’s hoping the publisher does this for all the titles in the series.
Disclaimer: Please note that this review may contain spoilers.
Our Myst Review for 2021
To begin, I’ll take you through the main features I analyze for every game review. It consists of the story, gameplay, graphics, and sound. After that, I’ll touch on any other aspects I feel you should know about before buying or downloading the game.
Such a beautiful story wrapped in mystery
Welcome to a new adventure from an old tale. When I started playing the puzzle adventure game for my Myst review, the opening scene alone sent chills up my spine. It sets familiar places with new effects and coats of paint. Yes, this feels like a home I’m returning to.
As an author, the story element of any game excites me. For those of you who don’t know the tale, you’re a stranger that ends up on an island with no idea what’s going on. As you investigate various items, you discover a tale that’s both riveting and full of suspense. Who is this man who created the linking books, and why as his two sons imprisoned?
As you set off into various worlds, you’ll essentially be solving puzzles to unlock new areas. I don’t want to spoil the story for anyone, and would prefer if you work through it yourself. I just need to mention that the mystery and wonder of the worlds set the tone for the entire series.
While the main focus is the puzzle element, the story is found in every scene you stumble upon. When you find a new mystery, it adds to the plot hidden in the beautiful backdrop of the games’ canvas. You’ll sit up late into the night, working out the clues to progress to the next part of the tale.
For my Myst review, it’s not hard for me to award the story full marks. There are so many elements I love. I still remember when I wanted to base a series of fantasy novels on this game called The Crystal Islands. I’ve been in love with this story for so long, I feel like I’m still part of it somehow. I bet writing these books will give me a similar feeling to when I completed Silent Hill: Betrayal.
While the story is truly intriguing, the gameplay is where it really shines for my Myst review. Puzzles, puzzles, and more puzzles. Every world has its own aspects to uncover, all linking in some way to a larger puzzle. There’s always a bigger element to unravel, which is what makes the adventure game so exciting.
Besides Myst Island, there are other worlds/ages to travel to: ChannelWood, Mechanical, Stoneship, and Selenitic. Each of these areas is linked to Atrus and his sons somehow, as as the puzzles. There are various themes for you to discover, leading you to the ultimate end where you’ll need to make a choice for one of the four endings.
What makes this game so marvelous in my humble opinion for this Myst review is that the puzzles are incredibly challenging. No matter how many times you play through it to the end, there’s always a point where you forgot how you solved it before. Another wonderful aspect is that there’s absolutely no combat. Your interaction with other beings is incredibly limited, so you have all the time in the world to explore.
The perspective is first-person, which is helpful when you’re trying to study items up close and personal. I’m enjoying the updated animations and effects, a brave move from the original point-and-click adventure. The movement is smooth, and I love that you can now run!
For my Myst review, I found the graphics to be the most significant change. There’s a complete overhaul, even from the Myst: Masterpiece Edition. The textures are impressive, and the movement and rotations are much smoother. I was gawking at the different ages with a tear in my eye, so happy to see such wonder on my PC. It’s so good to have it back in its new form. Now, if only they could make a Netflix series from it, that would be awesome (mmm…new idea for a film script).
The graphics are almost as essential as the puzzles. As a matter of fact, the two go hand in hand. You’ll need to pay attention to everything, as you don’t know what is and isn’t important. When you’re stuck in an Age, you’ll invariably start clicking on everything.
I need to note that there are new visual settings you can take advantage of if you have the technology. There’s Ray Tracing and supersampling (just nod your head like you know what I’m talking about). I would say I’m excited that there’s a VR option, but I sold my PSVR last year when I discovered that VR gives me motion sickness.
Overall, I find the new graphics stunning for my Myst review. I’m in love with this game all over again and all the sparkle and glitter the visuals bring with it. Even when you’re running at full speed, the quality looks truly beautiful, as do the animations and effects. Great job, Cyan Worlds!
Another aspect worth discussing for my Myst review is the audio. If you’re familiar with the puzzle adventure game, you’ll know there are some sound clues you need to solve. What comes to the fore is how excellent the updated version is.
The audio effects are crisper than before, which just aids you in solving the mysteries. I preferred playing with headphones for my Myst review so that I could become lost in this amazing world. Of course, having surround sound doesn’t hurt, especially if you want the full effect.
I’m happy to give the sounds of Myst full marks too, simply due to how much I enjoy hearing them in better quality. What makes it even better is that my children loved the sounds of the animals in one of the puzzles.
What’s new in Myst 2021?
While the upgrade to some features is exciting, there are a few new elements I discovered for my Myst review. For one, you can now take photos of items that you’ll need to remember with the space bar. It’s a handy tool, saving us from drawing sketches like we did when the original game launched.
There’s also a bunch of new accessibility settings, such as subtitles and gameplay options. If you find your PC can’t run the enhanced version, there’s the supersampling you can configure to reduce performance requirements.
One last item I want to cover is randomised puzzles. When I started the game for my Myst review, I discovered I could select between the classic mode or this new version. It changes some aspects of how you’ll solve the mysteries, giving a challenge to gamers like me who have mastered them.
Final Thoughts – Myst Review
I’m so happy I was able to perform a Myst review. My heart sang every moment I got to play the game before the launch. It was an incredible experience, and my family loved sitting near me to help with the clues. Absolutely full marks for taking us back to these wonderful worlds.
Another disclaimer: I received a free code to review the game, but that doesn’t matter, as I only give honest reviews.
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