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Myst IV: Revelation (PC/DVD)
Myst IV: Revelation (PC/DVD)

22 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Faded glory, 18 Dec 2004
A game is a game, but a Myst game is art. Or so it was. At last commerce has taken over.
Myst and Riven (the first two parts of the Myst series) were made by a small, passionate team taking a lot of time and effort to make even the smallest details perfect. In Riven, the player had to unravel the culture and rites of a mysterious civilisation. Without this understanding you couldn't solve the game. There was no book in the game called 'Culture and rites of this mysterious civilisation': you had to shape your own picture with the small pieces found throughout the game and ultamately judge. That is what made the game an intellectual challenge. The puzzles were unbreakable and you could be stuck at one point for months and months. At night, you could lie awake for hours pondering for a solution. In a flash, the answer might come to you. That is what made the game an emotional challenge (as did the excellent acting). And there were the breathtaking graphics, making the game nice to see.
Of all that, only the graphics have remained in Myst IV. A flat and cristal clear story is presented to the player at the start of the game, he finds his way through the game without much effort and gets on with his life without any impression left in his mind. Like a bad movie...
I want to bang my head to the wall again in agony after hours of no result! Please give me back the old feeling of having achieved something impossible.
To be honest, I feel left alone. What was once a glorious trademark, has become an opportunity for big companies to make some millions once in a few years. Cyan has sold its soul to the devil.

Languages of Tolkien's Middle-earth
Languages of Tolkien's Middle-earth
by Ruth S. Noel
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.18

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy and informative, 6 Dec 2003
If you are intrested in the subject and want to know more about it, this book is very nice to start with. The writer doesn't expect you to have any foreknowledge, exept that you have read Tolkien's 'The Lord of the Rings'.
After you have read it, you have some background information and some base-luggage before you start studying more comprehensive and hard-to-read works like 'An introduction to elvish'.
But if you are a somewhat more studied into the subject, like me and some of my co-rewriters, you'll find that it contains lots of inaccuracies. It is quite incomplete and more then sometimes incorrect.
But still I recommend it to those who're just starting their study as an enrichment of their base-knowledge. But it's absolutely useless and even misleading as a reference.

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