Enter a deceptively beautiful world torn asunder by age-old conflicts... Where secrets lie hidden at every turn... And nothing is as it seems. A world of incomparable beauty, intrigue, and betrayal. Riven's story continues where Myst - and its companion novel, Myst: The Book of Atrus - left off. Your friend Atrus sends you to rescue his beloved wife Catherine, trapped on the slowly collapsing Age of Riven by Gehn. If you enjoyed Myst, you're bound to enjoy Riven!
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: EVERYONE
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 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 2009-12-17 09:43:55 byharrisonpink:
If you are a fan of adventure games, you owe it to yourself to play Riven. While Myst broke a lot of ground in the adventure genre, Riven blows its predecessor on every front. The scenery is still photo-real, even after almost 13 years. The puzzles in Riven are seamlessly incorporated into the environment. Where as Myst's puzzles felt more like a Rubik's cube you stumbled across,read more Riven's puzzles truly feel real, as if you were actually on this strange set of islands.
The environment pushes the excellent story, as you continually feel motivated and even if you don't know exactly where to go, you know what your mission is.
As a Myst-obsessed gamer, I've played every Myst game dozens of times.
Riven continues to be my undefeated favourite. I cannot recommend this game highly enough!
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Posted on 2009-12-17 12:21:17 byTemplar31:
I am not a hardcore Myst fan, but I do appreciate the game and what it did. I downloaded Myst as soon as it popped on GoG. But Riven is, without a doubt, the best puzzle game out there. Not "adventure" game as there are other games out there that top this, but Riven is one of the most impressive visually and puzzle wise even after all of these years. I recommend this game to anyone.
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Posted on 2009-12-17 15:49:45 byAlexY:
You liked Myst? Good, buy this! You like atmosphere and puzzles? Good, buy this!
Myst was an innovative, fresh and unique adventure when it came out, and the sequel needed to live up to its name. Riven is all that Myst was (and still is) and more - the story of Myst continues and a whole new world is at your viewing pleasure. Not to spoil anything; let's just say the story is brilliantlyread more crafted just like in the first installment, and can leave you with alternate endings and there are many secrets to be discovered.
Riven is a change from Myst, not in the way it's played - you're still an unnamed protagonist (well, you yourself) exploring a meticulously crafted and fantastic world by clicking on animated screenshots and solving puzzles. The change itself is in the complexity and sheer trickiness of the puzzles.
While Myst had a relatively separated area and rules for each set of puzzles, Riven is designed differently. If you do not understand the concepts of Riven, the lore and the connections between the puzzles themselves, you're in for a rough time. Even practiced adventure players will (I guarantee it) get hopelessly stuck at least once during their exploration efforts. While Myst is constructed as separate (but wonderfully made) parts, Riven goes even further and manages to unify each and every segment, puzzle piece and location with such ease it makes you go 'Aha!' when you finally figure it out.
I'll say it again, this is not a review in the usual sense - to experience Riven is just that - experience. Riven (along with the whole Myst series) is one of the pinnacles of expression in the video-game medium, and as such needs to be - experienced.
Just be wary - pen and paper are not recommended but *needed*. And your brain will turn into mush at least twice.
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