Review by acidslayer57

Reviewed: 12/05/03

Another great adventure game fomr the creators of Myst and Riven

Myst 3: Exile is part of a series of great adventure games that has grown itself a reputation for being quality, deep and different. The game has the classic first person but,
frame by frame style gameplay that you will only understand with your first play. Does M3:E beat the other two games set in the Myst series making a new standard for adventure games, or does the rehash-like gameplay flop and become less innovative? Read on to find out.

Gameplay: 7/10

Myst games have been long known for their innovative, deep, yet puzzling gameplay that makes them very difficult and immerses you into the great Myst world. I am happy to say that Myst 3 delivers in puzzles, but is lacking in the originality. The goal of Myst 3 is a bit repetitive, no matter which island (level kind of) you decide to conquer first. The same thing happens basically no matter what order you choose to do them in. Your actual goal is really been-done-before. (Collect three things to go onto the final level)
The game, sadly does not seem to cover as much ground as ye old Riven does. The islands seem much more linear and that you have to do something at a certain point no matter what. The other two Myst games gave you the freedom to explore do pretty much anything you want at the beginning. I admit that Myst 3 does have the open-ended gameplay when it comes to which island you want to go to first, but the islands themselves are very straight-forward too.
The next thing I must tell you of is the new frame - by - frame feature of M3:E.
Previous games only let you go within certain limits of the screen. Well the new thing is you have full control of what you look at. You can rotate and check out everything around you wherever you want. This style of gameplay gives the game more depth and it is overall more fun and is a very huge step. The sad thing is that it can be confusing to navigate an area because they made the levels a bit more challenging to get around because of this feature. (or it seems like it)
The great thing about this game is not any of the above. It is about the great pleasure that comes from solving the devious puzzles and challenges in the game. It takes critical thinking and even a bit of common sense and logic to complete the game and it gives you a great feeling whenever you solve a puzzle, thus leading you on to what is most likely a harder puzzle.

Story: 8/10

If there is anything M3:E has going for it, it is the gameplay. The very entertaining plot line (even though the acting can be somewhat mellow-dramatic) It involves Atrus, the creator of Myst, creating another age for he and his wife and child to live in. This is all good until a mean old guy stumbles into Atrus' home and takes his age. Well guess what your job is? Find the book.
This story seems somewhat typical, but as you will see, when you get further into the game, the story has many tales to tell involving Atrus' sons and a forgotten race of human settlers.
The story helps the game, overall.

Graphics/Sound: 10/10

The graphics are unbelievable. They are made frame by frame, and are therefore photo-realistic and just cool. The animation for certain animals and people are great too.
The sound is perfect. Every sound effect and eerie musical style seem to fit perfectly.

Replayability: 3/10

The major fault of the game is it's highly un-replayable status. I would not want to play through the game again. It really has nothing to enjoy a second time.

Bottom Line:

Gameplay: 7/10
Story: 8/10
Graphics/ Sound: 10/10
Replayability: 3/10

Average Score: 7

Rating:   3.5 - Good

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