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Graphics : 6.0

If you have ever seen a 360 image in QuickTime, you know exactly what you should expect from the graphics of Myst III, where you have to look at the pre-rendered backgrounds in first person with a simple navigational system.

While the versions of Myst and Riven released for PsOne couldn't offer the same sharp image of the PC version, the Playstation 2 has absolutely no problem in showing on your TV the high-definition scenarios of the game.

The pre-rendered backgrounds are truly beautiful. The artists behind the game created very different architectures and styles for each of the 5 worlds, giving great care to the choice of colors and to the creation of the small details.

While Myst III: Exile is very close to be just a slightly interactive slideshow, it still offers a collection of artistic imaginative visuals, and the Playstation 2 version is an excellent port of the original PC game.

Sound : 8.0

A good, varied, long music score composed by Jack Wall adds a lot of atmosphere to the game, and enriches each area in a different way, setting the mood of the adventure, and changing dynamically according to the events. The not too frequent sound effects are of good quality, and they make the pre-rendered scenarios livelier. Voice acting in the cut scenes is excellent, thanks to the professional actors chosen for the game.

There is a big possibility that great part of the console players will try to re-sell their copy of the game after the first 15 minutes of gameplay. But if you are strong enough to complete the game, Myst III: offers a reasonable number of difficult puzzles. May the force be with you.

Overall Score ( not an average ) : 3.5

The more I think about my experience playing Myst III, the less I understand why Ubi Soft decided to release this title on console. The Playstation 2 version is a perfect port of the original game, but there is really not much sense in playing the game on your Playstation 2 when you can get it for your PC at an even cheaper price. Don't let the $19.99 price tag fool you; this is not an adventure game - Myst III is simply a succession of puzzle games framed by pre-rendered backgrounds and a badly developed storyline.

If you are really interested in playing the Myst series, I highly suggest you buy the PC version. With a bit of luck, you should be able to get all three instalments of the series for about the same price of this Playstation 2 version.



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- Harry (9 Oct, 2002)


Scores
Gameplay
2.5
Graphics
6.0
Sound
8.0
Replay Value
4.0
Overall Score
3.5



Developer
Presto Studios
Publisher
Ubisoft
Origin
U.S.
Genre
Adventure
Puzzle
Players
1
Peripherals
Dual Shock 2
8MB Memory Card
Release Date
North America
September 22nd, 2002
Japan
March 20th, 2003
Europe
October 4th, 2002
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