The Witness is a game that has been on my radar for awhile now, I’m hopeful that everyone else has their eye on on it as well. I can’t help but think about Myst when I look at the screenshots and hear about the unpopulated world begging to be explored. I know the game will be its own entity but any nostalgia it stirs up is more than welcome.
Myst is a game that most modern gamers would get impatient with rather quickly. The game doesn’t give you immediate goals, doesn’t hold your hand, and expects you to take notes. It can be very frustrating if you don’t enjoy working out solutions to puzzles without a hint system, but it is also very rewarding. Myst really does set you in the world, makes you apart of it and immerses you in its mystery. Most of the storytelling is done through the environment as you try to figure out which brother is the bad one. The graphics have aged but the game still holds it’s own beauty with the way that human structures and nature have been combined.
The Witness’ puzzles promise to be very intuitive and build upon themselves so newcomers to adventure games shouldn’t feel intimidated. I must admit that the puzzles sound a little homogeneous; They all revolve around drawing lines on tiles. Luckily the game is being developed by Jonathan Blow, the creator of Braid, one of the most interesting and creative games this generation. The Witness looks like a breath of fresh air in a market full of action and violence. Variety is the spice of life and I’m excited to explore this desolate island and uncover its mysteries! The Witness will make it’s console debut on the Playstation 4 sometime this year!