Dreamfall Chapters – Xbox One Review
I do love a game that appears to be different. I like games that offer a good variety, and games that are a little bit different. I also love games that have made the switch from a PC or mobile port, and moved everything over the console. I really, really do, and the reason I do is because I enjoy seeing whether it`s worth the switch and move. Well, over the past few days, I`ve had the chance to play through Dreamfall Chapters, which was released initially back in October 2014 for PC, and released episodically up until June 2016, and most recently, was released as a final cut edition for both PC, and console. Is it a game though that’s a good switch? Is it worth the move over to console? I`m afraid to say, I don’t think it is.
Dreamfall Chapters is developed by Red Thread Studios and published by Deep Silver, and released on Xbox One and PS4 back in May 2017, as a complete edition, containing every episode released as one bundle. It tells the story of an evil group who have infected a number of people in the world with a device known as the dream machine, a machine that will make the infected live their lives in the form of a coma. Taking on the roles of Zoë Castillo and Kian Alvane, you`re going to have to find out how to put an end to it all. Dreamfall Chapters is the 3rd instalment to The Longest Journey franchise, and if you`ve played any of the first two instalments, you`re in luck as you`ll have some idea what you`re getting yourself into, but if you`ve not played anything of the franchise, and like me you`re going into the game head on, then it`s going to take some understanding at first.
Now, from the off, the first thing your instantly going to notice is when a character speaks. I want you to take an eye on the facial expressions of the character, and in particular from the start, Zoë and this is my first problem. What` going on with this? The characters move their mouths at a much quicker speed than they talk? I find it quite hilarious don’t get me wrong, but for from a game`s perspective, it`s not what I like to see. It doesn’t look right and although for some people that`s going to be okay, it`s a niggle of mine as I do like to look at specifics within the game. Perhaps that`s my time of a reviewer catching on making me even more eagled eye than before, but still.
After around 10 minutes of game time, you`re going to work out that actually, despite some of the early issues around the character, you`re going to get something that is going to make you think and work out puzzles, and it`s a nice addition. You`re going to have to work out from four different options (All of which do different things, like read a person’s mind, or interact with them in some shape or form) and some of the early ones you`re going to come across are a good test for what you`re going to get for the rest of the game. I will admit, I did have to jump into the depths of a YouTube walkthrough to help me out on certain ones, but they do start to become rather good and enjoyable to sort after you`ve completed the first few and know how you need to complete them.
It`s not something that`s going to be a quick game, and it is going to take some time to play through. Mixed with some good story telling (Which I do love a good story and love games that really do tell and play a lot with them – Go and play a Telltale game and you`ll see what I mean) and the mixture of puzzles you are going to get something that has focused on both a story and the game play itself. Something that`s going to offer a lot in the story is something that’s apparent within Dreamfall Chapters, and you`re going to quite enjoy it I think. At least I did, and although at the start it`s going to seem a bit strange and probably different to what you`ve played, do stick with it because it does get better.
Dreamfall Chapters is not a game that`s going to ask a lot of you in terms of the controls, because similar to other click and point games (And you can tell that was the main controls for the PC version of the game just by playing 15 minute or so of the console version) you`re just going to need to click on an object or port of interest and then use the left stick and A button to select which option you’re going to use. It`s not a game that`s going to ask a lot of you in terms of the controls, and if anything is one of the more simpler games you’re going to pick up the controls for. It`s what I`d describe as a true pick up and play game in terms of the controls.
Dreamfall Chapters is a game that offers a good story and a good puzzler for people to feast into. Yes, there are a few niggles within the game, and I still quite can’t get my head around the character movement when they speak, and it still makes me chuckle after a few hours gameplay. If you`ve not played any of The Last Journey franchise before then you`re going to be in for something completely different and new and something quite frankly that is going to take some time to pick up, but if you`ve played any of the franchise then you`ll have some understanding. Dreamfall Chapters is worth the pickup though and I`m enjoying my time with it so far.
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