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Myst Sequel Riven, Groundbreaking ’90s Puzzle Game, Gets Remade

Myst Sequel Riven, Groundbreaking '90s Puzzle Game, Gets Remade
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A bunch of silly rocks and a building in Riven.

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Due to an ancient magical curse, the mist, Officially the worst game ever made, will never go away. Further proof of this plight is that original creator Saiyan Worlds has just announced its remake the mistIts almost terrifying sequel, Riven. So if you love random lever flipping while sitting through the most terrifying am-drum FMV acts, you’re in for a treat!

Riven announced

the mist There was a “game” of getting into the magical book, and then a story was told about some guy and his two sons, and how they—mumbled—ended up trapped in the book. I’m being generous here. In reality, it was solving a series of inconceivable puzzles with no direction beyond random guesses, while constantly reading unusual books and notes and messages. of 1997 Rivenwhich was published under the name Unchangeable, “Riven: The Sequel to Mist“It’s all about rescuing a poor helpless woman named Katherine from Riven’s world while, you know, solving improbable puzzles with no direction…

It’s supposed to be a brand new, modern remake, stripping the game of its original static view and fixed movement, replacing it with free movement and inevitably (but not yet announced) VR options. But the developers Saiyan is being very fickle with information Beyond that it exists at this time.

It is very important not to carry away the slagging off the mist, because it has a lot of fans Wait, sorry, I typed wrong. It has many fierce fans. Those who treat innovation for quality as a religious covenant and claim that every element of a game being objectively terrible is actually a good thing. It’s “world-building,” you see.

However, rather brilliantly, when crawling along a weight the mist– cross shaped on their backs, they’ll also say, “Well, sure, but Riven was better.”

people, Riven Wasn’t even better. It was just something more. Which is to say, if the mist There was some badly cut heroin, then Riven Some more were badly cut heroin but now given to a heroin addict. Now, 25 years later, the hope is that the same strong-out people who are still alive will fantasize about coming back…Oh! Get off! Caroline, what are you doing?!

A female lion scares off a male lion.

Photo: O. Alamany & E. Vicens (Getty Images)

Hi everyone, I’m really sorry about that. This is Carolyn Petit here now. John’s…well, John’s having a rest, in the corner, until the ambulance gets here.

You know what? Myst was actually an astounding immersive masterpiece, one that absolutely told you everything you needed to know to solve its puzzles (contrary to what John said) and made doing so immensely satisfying. Riven, in my opinion, didn’t reach the heights of its predecessor, but they were both brave, bold games, with stunning visual design that offered up captivating worlds unlike any games had given us before.

Notably, both also demonstrated, just as great 3D FPS games like Doom were becoming all the rage, that games could be as wonderful for giving us tranquil, beautiful worlds and cerebral gameplay as they could be for giving us violent hellscapes and satisfying shotguns. Technologically noteworthy as well, they pushed pre-rendered graphics in directions we’d never seen before, while using the sudden expanse of space offered by CD-ROMs to let us see full-motion video acting within these fantasy worlds. This was pivotal in mid-90s video games, inspiring generations to come, while being at the cutting edge of what our fledgling PCs could do.

To see this remade today, with the freedom of modern computing, adding the ability to move freely around these fondly remembered worlds, is…well, let’s say I’m cautiously optimistic. As significant as Riven was, it was to some degree the context of the time and place in which it came out that made it seem so extraordinary. I’m not entirely sure that things like free movement (or, as John says, potentially VR functionality) can really make Riven feel great today. However, I’m hopeful that perhaps such an update will help Riven captivate at least some folks who weren’t around to experience it back when it was originally released.

There are no words yet on which platforms this will be released for, but if it’s anything like 2021’s Myst remake, it’ll be pretty much all of them, hopefully including VR again. Hopefully we’ll hear more news soon. And stop fucking whining, Walker, it’s not that much blood.

 

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