Myst V: End of Ages

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Myst V: End of Ages
Myst V: End of Ages cover
Developers
Cyan Worlds
macOS (OS X) Beenox Shift
Publishers
Ubisoft
Engines
Plasma Engine
Release dates
Windows September 20, 2005
macOS (OS X) September 20, 2005
macOS (OS X) (Cider) 2006
Reception
Metacritic 80
IGDB 68
Taxonomy
Series Myst
Myst V: End of Ages on HowLongToBeat
Myst V: End of Ages on IGDB
Myst V: End of Ages guide on StrategyWiki
Myst V: End of Ages on MobyGames
Myst V: End of Ages on Wikipedia
Myst
Myst 1993
Riven 1997
realMyst 2000
Myst III: Exile 2001
Uru: Ages Beyond Myst 2003
Myst IV: Revelation 2004
Myst V: End of Ages 2005
Myst Online: Uru Live 2007
realMyst: Masterpiece Edition 2014
Myst (2021) 2021

Warnings

The macOS (OS X) version of this game does not work on macOS Catalina (version 10.15) or later due to the removal of support for 32-bit-only apps.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SecuROM 7 DRM.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
GOG.com
DRM-free
Limited Edition
Windows
Steam
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (notes may include more details)
Does not require the Steam client to run.
Windows
macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Remove company logo files[1]
  1. Navigate to <path-to-game>\avi.
  2. Rename or delete the following files:
  • Intro0.bik (Ubisoft logo video)
  • Intro1.bik (Cyan Worlds logo video)

Intel installer[edit]

For OS X, there is a official installer that replaced the original installer on disk to fix issues with installing the game on Intel Macs and systems with Leopard (10.5), however it only works on the Limited Edition version of the game. A user-modified version of said installer for all Mac versions is available at this thread. See here for more info.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Myst V End of Ages\init
%LOCALAPPDATA%\Myst V End of Ages\init
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/208110/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Myst V End of Ages\sav\Store1
%LOCALAPPDATA%\Myst V End of Ages\sav\Store1
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/208110/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
OneDrive
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud

Video[edit]

Video settings
Video settings

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Disable Recommended Only to see non-4:3 resolutions.
Some resolutions (e.g. 1920x1080) may not appear.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
MSAA[2]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS

Input[edit]

In-game input settings[Note 2]
In-game input settings[Note 2]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Use Free-Move (Advanced) Mode
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio[edit]

In-game audio settings[Note 3]
In-game audio settings[Note 3]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
SFX, Music, Ambience, and Voices
Surround sound
Subtitles
Subtitles stretch at widescreen resolutions
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
Language settings
Language settings

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Polish
Russian
Spanish

Issues fixed[edit]

Access Violation/Stack Error[edit]

This error occurs when you try to start Myst V: End of Ages on Windows Vista/7/8/10 (retail, Steam and GOG versions).

You see (for example):

Exception type: Access violation Call stack (14 levels):
0x76A04911
0x0066B9D9
0x0044A9A8
0x011243F1
0x0044121D
0x0051C6D3
0x0051BE4E
0x6DA37652
0x6DA38D41
0x6DA347BF
0x6DA3B793
0x6E1289FD
0x6E1288F1

Apply the patch contained in Myst5InitFiles.zip, available here.

When you unzip Myst5InitFiles.zip, you'll have the following files and folders:

README.txt
progress.db (in \Myst V End of Ages folder)
audio.ini (in \Myst V End of Ages\init subfolder)
graphics.ini (in \Myst V End of Ages\init subfolder)

  1. Copy the folder in the zip file (Myst V End of Ages) to C:\Users\<your windows username>\AppData\Local (The AppData folder is hidden by default, you must show the hidden files and folders in Windows).
  2. That's it! Myst V should now start up properly.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
vorpX
G3D
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

ExecutablePPC 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)
In 2006, the game received Intel support - rather than making it a universal binary, however; the developers decided to use Cider for this new app.
As a result, the game is unplayable after 10.7 "Lion" due to incompatibilities.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) 800 MHz Pentium III or AMD Athalon or equivalent
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4.5 GB
Video card (GPU) 32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Other 32-bit color
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS) macOS 10.13 or greater
Processor (CPU) 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512MB RAM
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4.8GB HDD
Video card (GPU) 3D graphics card with 64MB VRAM

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/208110/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (208110) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  2. All input settings are entirely inaccessible from the main menu.
  3. Some audio settings, such as subtitles, are inaccessible from the main menu.

References

  1. Verified by User:Cptmold on 2020-04-14
    Tested with GOG release.
  2. Verified by User:Expack3 on 2021-07-05
    Tested using ReShade 4.9.1