A few years ago Myst came out and took the PC world by storm with its intriguing storyline and passive puzzle solving elements. It is in fact still on the charts and continues to sell at an incredible rate. It is the "dark side of the moon" of computer games if you will.
Just last year a sequel finally came out and Acclaim has been gracious enough to bring it to the PlayStation. Building on the PSX's recent success of games that are not games this title is one of those that hardcore gamers will look at with a blank stare on their face while their mothers or girlfriends are likely to pick it up and immediately get drawn within its environment. This game seems to appeal to the population of casual gamers more so than the average gamer. I myself though have found that the game does take patience but is a worthwhile trip if you take the time with it.
The game basically involves pointing your arrow at various things and pathways looking for clues or answers in solving the game. Spanning five discs the game is quite expansive in its depth. The game is presented in the first person view so you are able to see the entire field of view as if you were actually there. The biggest problem that most gamers will find with this game is that it moves at a snails pace. This of course is how it was intended to be as you use your brain to figure out all of the mysterious puzzles. For what Riven attempts to be it does it better than almost any other game in its class.