Myst 3: Exile Preview
One of the more talked about PC games in recent months is finally coming to the Playstation 2 this fall. Ubi Soft and Presto Studios are teaming up to bring the 'love it or hate it' point and click adventure Myst 3 to a PS2 near you. This new port is being developed specifically to take advantage of the Playstation 2's unique hardware in order to deliver a port that not only holds its own with the PC version, but in many ways surpasses it.
Using several Playstation 2 unique hardware features, Myst 3: Exile should look just as good, if not better, than the PC version. For instance, Presto will be taking advantage of the PS2's MPEG chipset for texture decoding, as opposed to a JPEG chipset. This should allow for fuller and more realized textures. In addition, Myst 3 will be using the Playstation 2's data streaming device to achieve faster loading times and higher frame rates. The overall result should be a game with incredible visual appeal. In addition, the game will also pack several FMV sequences to enhance the graphics.
However, any good game needs to have a great story, and here is yet another area where Myst 3 looks to excel. With a story as complex as the Playstation 2's hardware, offering a healthy dose of plot twists, Myst 3 will be offering a solid and satisfying story that most gamers will enjoy. Also, while referring in many ways to the first two games in the series, players will not require a knowledge of those games to be able to enjoy this latest installment.
The game starts off with the story of Saaverdo, a bitter and powerful man driven by revenge. After the destruction of his planet by the sons of Artus and Catherine (characters from the first game in the series), Saaverdo bides his time in Artus' Ages, special books containing entire worlds in their scripts. There are also books that can link the worlds contained in Artus' Ages, created by a species known only as the D'ni. After Artus regains contact with the D'ni, Saaverdo arises from the Ages to steal their newest creation, which gives him the chance to finally seek his revenge. This is where the player's quest begins, as he must embark on a quest to find Saaverdo and stop him at all costs. Needless to say, this will be a long and difficult journey, as Saaverdo is a powerful madman driven by an even more powerful need for vengeance.
Myst 3: Exile is currently scheduled for release on the Playstation 2 this September, and promises to deliver a satisfying 15-20 hour adventure full of involving characters and beautiful cinematics. The Playstation 2 version will also offer USB mouse support, so that console gamers can use any standard pointing device in the game, thus maintaining the same 'point and click' style gameplay. Look for more on Myst 3 when it becomes available.
7/22/2002 Ryan Hartmann