Thousands of years ago the great civilizations of Shangri-La, El Dorado, and Atlantis had vanished. Behind their mysterious disappearance lies a legend of power and destruction that will ultimately determine the future of humanity. As Gage Blackwood, Agent #5 of the Temporal Security Agency, you will travel through time, assume multiple identities, and weave your way through an intricate web of puzzles. Hidden within these lost worlds lies the key to mankind's survival.
Journeyman Project 3 is a worthy installment of the franchise. A fascinating story, memorable characters, and puzzles that are both fun and intuitive are only the tip of an iceberg of what this game has to offer. The third installment features gameplay improvements like a first person perspective view, and the new "Chameleon Jumpsuit" that lets you interact with characters form the past. Also, Jerry Rector does an excellent job playing Gage Blackwood. When compared to the previous installments, this one is everything they were and more. If you are a fan of the series than this is a no-brainer. If you haven’t heard of those games before then this is a good place to start, even though this is the third part, because the story exists independently from the previous ones, and the production values and gameplay are top of their class.
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: EVERYONE
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7, 1.8 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), 2GB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard.
Posted on 2012-03-20 09:53:30 bySoure_of_Truth:
If you like a good game experience, BUY this game. Even if you have no clue about adventures, this game has a support character that you can ask about what to do next, which allows you to walk through the entire game without thinking much, if you insist. It is optional of course. Now, lets talk for real: Legacy of Time has everything, a good story, good presentation and sound, theread more best puzzles in the series and it is tense and filled with a sense of wonder. Again, you are agent Blackwood of the Temporal Security Agency and the stakes have never been higher: Travel to the past to solve the mystery of an invasion in the present and unlike so many other Time-Travel stories, this makes sense and works well.
Gameplay has been streamlined, the most important changes from the predecessors are:
1.) You cannot die or make a fatal error anymore.
2.) You are not forced to repeat things when returning to a location.
3.) The controls are a lot better now.
4.) Action-like sequences have been removed.
5.) You can talk to people now, making the story WAY more engaging and the puzzles better.
These changes were overdue and make LoT the best in the series. You visit various places/times in search of a certain "heritage" and are free (and required) to combine items between them. The new features, like talking (Your new suit allows you to "shape-shift" to any person you have seen) allow for vastly improved puzzles that are at the same time a lot more logical, no more machine-figuring-out, instead you will have to explore the place you are in, get a feel for rules of the place and the people who inhabit it. This game is wonderful. It makes you care, it makes you feel smart, it helps you when you are stuck and it is funny at the right times.
And with GOG making CD-Swapping a thing of the past too, there is no reason not to (re-)buy this masterpiece.
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Posted on 2012-03-20 08:43:12 byrampancy:
(Disclaimer: This review is based on the original classic Mac OS CD release, which I've recently replayed.)
The Journeyman Project series were already known for delivering a fantastic and immersive sci-fi action-adventure experience, and Presto Studios' third (and sadly final) instalment was no exception. Technologically, JP3 was a stellar game, and Presto pulled out all of theread more stops to tell a truly memorable and engaging story. Its remarkable engine gave an (at the time) remarkably seamless 360 degree range of vision, something unheard of at time when other games like Myst had you clicking through static images, and 3D engines at the time were too primitive to deliver visuals with a high-enough fidelity. The Chameleon mechanic gave the game a unique level of interactivity, making the levels actually feel like they were populated with real people, as opposed to silent, abandoned vistas.
But what really blew me away was the plot. The writing for JP3 was truly stellar, weaving a story which considerably ramps up the stakes for Gage, the TSA, and the Symbiotry, while at the same time closely tying in the story and characters from Buried in Time and the original JP. All of a sudden, the actions of the two villans of the previous games are seen in a totally new light when faced with the new threat posed by an enemy powerful enough to challenge the Cyrollans.
IMO, the only real problem is that the game is, simply put, too easy (with the exception of the rather annoying steam tunnel puzzle in Shangri-La). Compared to Buried in Time or other comtemporary games like Riven, the puzzles, while still clever and suited to their environment, came across to me as being somewhat more simplistic and straight-forward. Bear in mind though that I personally suck at adventure and puzzle games, so as always, YMMV. The FMV sequence acting is questionable, as they so often seem to be in 90's-era adventure games; the new actor who plays Gage really hams its up, with his style of over-acting so egregious that you had to wonder if he took his job and the events of Buried in Time a little *too* seriously.
Overall though, the fantastic plot, excellent visuals, and immersive gameplay more than outweigh this games flaws (and you can laugh at Jerry Rector's melodramatic delivery of Gage's lines). If you love adventure games, or even just good solid sci-fi, this is definitely a game to add to your collection.
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Posted on 2012-03-20 15:48:59 bywvpr:
Probably the best Journeyman game, although it left me a little cold. There's nothing groundbreaking in the story, the histories you visit are more fantasy than fact, and the resolution opens up some big questions about the direction of the whole series.
The original Journeyman actually came out before Myst, so this game is best described as Myst style rather than Myst clone.read more The panning environments are detailed and often beautiful. The mood is lightly serious. The puzzles fit well with their surroundings. Nothing seems too arbitrary. Exploration and story are a big part of the game. It's not jammed full of puzzles, and they aren't extraordinarily difficult.
Excellent game if you enjoy first person adventures and the fantasy time travel theme.
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