…and I am so freaking disappointed. My best friend and I play these kinds of games together and we loved Myst and Riven and have been looking forward to this for a long time.
Yesterday we tried to install it on my PC which exceeds the requirements listed on the box. It installed fine, but when we tried to launch it we got a failure in M3.exe, so I made a trip to UBIsoft’s support page. It turns out that there are a whole host of graphics cards that are not supported yet, the patch is coming “soon”. Of course I have one of those cards, so I’m screwed.
Fortunately, this game is supposed to run on Mac too. My friend has a G3, which also meets or exceeds all of the requirements for the game, so we drove 20 miles back to her house, which sucks because I did not want to only play my game there, but you do what you gotta do.
We installed the game and it started ok. During the opening movie with Atrus the sound was choppy, so we killed it and checked the readme. There’s something about turning off Virtual Memory to fix the sound. We did that and restarted the game. The sound in the first movie was a bit better, so we continued into the game and were taken to the first age. The first thing there is another movie with Catherine.
Again, the sound was so choppy it’s almost useless, the gameplay was ridiculously slow, and the first thing we tried to zoom in on crashed the game with an “unable to find JPEG” error message. We rebooted the machine, and it did the exact same thing.
I used to be a test lead in a game QA lab. I know what it takes to test something like this, and I know that all games are released with bugs, but this is beyond awful. I can’t imagine who thought that releasing this POS was a good idea. It is literally unplayable on most machines.
I thought about throwing this one in the Pit, but decided that maybe more unsuspecting consumers would see it here.