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'Uru: Ages Beyond Myst' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Nov. 11, 2003 @ 12:34 p.m. PST

Ubisoft has released a demo for Cyan Worlds 3D Adventure game Uru: Ages Beyond Myst. Uru: Ages Beyond Myst is the next chapter of the Myst franchise and the most immersive and ambitious Myst experience ever created. This demo features only a very small portion of what awaits you; a brief doorway into what lies beneath - a vast and complex world in which endless Ages are waiting to be rediscovered by today's world. Read more for download links ...

Get the Uru: Ages Beyond Myst demo Off Worthplaying (110mb)


Minimum Requirements:
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- Windows XP/Me/2000/98SE
- 800Mhz Pentium III or AMD Athlon
- 256 Mb RAM
- 4x CD ROM Drive
- Video Card: 32 MB NVIDIA(r) GeForce(tm) 1, 2, 3, 4, or FX; ATI(r) Radeon(tm) 7000-9800 or better
- DirectX 8.1b or higher compatible Audio Card
- DirectX version: 8.1b or higher
- 2 GB Hard Disk space Free
- 800x600 16 bit display
- Mouse and keyboard


Recommended System:
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- Windows XP
- 1.4Ghz Pentium IV or AMD Athlon
- 512 Mb RAM
- 4x CD ROM Drive or faster
- Nvidia GeForce 3 or ATI Radeon 8500 or higher Video Card
- DirectX 8.1b or higher compatible Audio Card, Sound Blaster Audigy 2 series, EAX Advanced HD
- 2 GB Hard Disk space free
- 1024 x 768 32 bit displays
- Mouse and keyboard

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II. INSTALLING URU(tm): AGES BEYOND MYST(r) (Demo version)
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To install Uru(tm): Ages Beyond Myst(r) (Demo version), follow these simple steps:

1. Close all running programs.
2. Double Click on "UruDemo.exe".
3. Follow the on-screen instructions to Install the game.
4. After you have finished installing the game, you can start Uru from your computer's Start menu.

Note: You need to have Administrator rights in order to install Uru(tm): Ages Beyond Myst(r) (Demo version). If you do not have Administrator rights, please
contact your network admin.

To uninstall Uru(tm): Ages Beyond Myst(r) (Demo version), follow these simple steps:

1. Close all running programs.
2. Go in your computer's Start menu, in your Uru(tm): Ages Beyond Myst(r) (Demo version) folder and choose "Uninstall Uru: Ages Beyond Myst".
3. Follow the on-screen instructions to Uninstall the game.

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III. KNOWN HARDWARE COMPATIBILITY ISSUES
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Please update to the newest drivers available for your hardware. Uru uses the latest technology to give you the best game experience possible. We have outlined some compatibility issues below. If you still encounter problems, please visit our website support at http://support.ubi.com, or contact the manufacturer.

Video
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Uru(tm): Ages Beyond Myst(r) (Demo version) requires video drivers that are DirectX 9.0 (or higher) compliant.

The game's default settings are based on the hardware that was detected. Raising or lowering the settings may create unexpected results.

Onboard Geforce 2 users may need to update their drivers to version 6.14.10.4523 from NVIDIA if you are experiencing problems in game.

Matrox Parhelia users who encounter graphic issues should turn off Anti-Aliasing in the graphics setting in the launch menu.

Sound
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Uru(tm): Ages Beyond Myst(r) (Demo version) requires Audio drivers that are DirectX 9.0 (or higher) compliant.

The game's default settings are based on the hardware that was detected. Raising or lowering the settings may create unexpected results.

Win2k users should make sure that their system audio hardware acceleration slider is set to Full or 100% in order to get EAX effects to show up as available in URU Setup, i.e. to get EAX to work at all. This is found in Control PanelSounds and Audio Devices Properties. Click on the Audio tab and select Advanced. Then select the Performance tab and move the Hardware Acceleration slider all the way to the right.

Creative Audigy 2 Issues:

Issue: Crackling and squealing on Windows ME and 98.
Fix: Turn down audio hardware acceleration via Sound control panel, or
completely off via Uru Setup. Also, try moving the card to a PCI slot that is
not adjacent to the video card.


Turtle Beach Santa Cruz Issues:

Issue: Some sounds are inaudible.
More Info: http://www.turtlebeach.com/site/kb_ftp/5854044.asp
Fix: Turn down, or off, audio hardware acceleration.

Issues with DirectX games - Turtle Beach recommends that the user makes sure that they have the latest drivers. If the user does have the latest drivers and is still experiencing problems then they should lower the audio hardware acceleration in the audio control panel through the desktop.

This is also an issue on Win2K. Using the 4161 drivers with audio hardware acceleration turned all the way up makes some sounds inaudible. By turning the audio hardware acceleration down in the audio control panel, or turning hardware acceleration off in client setup, sounds become audible again. Getting the latest Microsoft non-certified drivers 4193 could also solve this problem.

SoundBlaster Live! Issues:

Sounds may not play correctly if you are using the default drivers for the Creative Labs SoundBlaster Live Cards. Please upgrade your drivers as soon as possible.

Dell SoundBlaster Live 5.1 issues:

Issue: Some sounds cutout briefly and or popping from some sounds that play. This card causes some streaming sounds to cutout briefly. This seems to happen across all operating systems. While Creative manufactures this card, they do not support it. If problems occur, Dell recommends that the user reinstall the audio card drivers. If that does not work, turning audio hardware acceleration down or off should fix this problem.
More Info: http://forums.us.dell.com/supportforums/board/message?board.id=dim_audio&message.id=39953
Fix: Turn down, or off, audio hardware acceleration.

Aureal Vortex 2 users on Windows XP who experience choppy sounds and/or other
sound problems should use the drivers supplied by the O/S. Drivers for all
Vortex-based audio products are included with the Windows XP operating system -
both Home and Professional versions. It is recommended that you use these
drivers. However, it is not recommended that you use this card with Win2K or
XP, since Aureal went out of business before releasing official drivers for
Win2K or XP. The built-in drivers seem to be buggy.

For users playing with EAX enabled who occasionally notice what sounds like
microphone feedback and/or oscillating low-frequency hum, try turning down your
'Number of Sounds' slider. Otherwise, you may have to turn off EAX altogether,
via URU Setup.


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IV. LICENSE TO USE THE MULTIMEDIA PRODUCT
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Please read this License carefully before installing the game ("Multimedia
Product").

This License is an agreement between you, the "User", and Cyan Worlds inc.
("Cyan"), which grants the User the non-exclusive and non-transferable right to

use the Multimedia Product. This License is valid in USA, United Kingdom and
Canada.

By installing the Multimedia Product, the User is undertaking to respect the
terms and conditions of the License.

1- The License


Cyan grants the User a non-exclusive and non-transferable License to use the
Multimedia Product, but remains the owner of all the rights relating thereto.

Any rights not specifically transferred by this License remain the property of
Cyan and/or its licensees.
The Multimedia Product is licensed and not sold to the User for private use.

The License does not confer any right or title to the Multimedia Product and
cannot be understood as a transfer of intellectual property rights to
the Multimedia Product.


2- Ownership of the Multimedia Product


The User recognizes that all of the rights associated with the Multimedia
Product and its components (in particular the titles, computer codes, themes,
characters, character names, plots, stories, dialogues, places, concepts,
images, photographs, animation, videos, music and text contained
in the Multimedia Product), as well as the rights relating to the trademark,
royalties and copyrights, are the property of Cyan and/or its licensees
and are protected by national regulations or other Laws, Treaties and
international agreements concerning intellectual property.


3- Use of the Multimedia Product

The User is authorized to use the Multimedia Product in accordance with the instructions provided in the manual or on the packaging of the Multimedia Product.

The License is granted solely for private use.


It is not permitted namely:

- To make copies of the Multimedia Product,

- To operate the Multimedia Product commercially,

- To use it contrary to morality or the laws in force,

- To modify the Multimedia Product or create any derived work,

- To transmit the Multimedia Product via a telephone network or any other electronic means, except during multi-player games on authorized networks,

- To create or distribute unauthorized levels and/or scenarios,

- To decompile, reverse engineer or disassemble the Multimedia Product.


The User cannot sell, sublicense or lease the Multimedia Product to a third party.

The User can only transfer the Multimedia Product if the recipient agrees to the terms and conditions of the License. In this event, the User undertakes to transfer all components and documentation relating to the Multimedia Product. The user also undertakes to delete any copy of the Multimedia Product from the user's computer. In this event, this License is automatically and immediately terminated.

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