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Before I played this game, I did not realise that there was quite a lot of controversy surrounding the nature of this game's ending. Had I known, I might have thought twice. But strangely enough, whereas other games might have suffered from a controversy such as this, Dreamfall does not.
It could be that because of its fan base, or the popularity of the first Longest Journey, that it is still a popular game. However, I am disappointed in this game, because a game with a poor, or no ending does not do justice to the gamer who has invested time and energy in playing the game itself. There are some elements of this game I like, such as the way the 3D environment is executed, the music itself is very good and suits each atmosphere and area within the game very well, and the dialogue is of a good standard that you begin to engage with an understand each of the character's unique stories.
I did not really think the story came together well. It is the story that the player is supposed to be most drawn into, especially because it is an adventure game. I thought the main line of plot development was lost and the game took on a new plot development, in the name of Faith who was at first a side character and lots of other strands of the plot are forgotten and not even mentioned.
I think this game had a lot of potential, with a lot of nicely thought out characters, excellent music and at times a film-like quality about it but I think the story lets it down, and the ending is very abrupt if you have been following it through. The other problem is the lack of a sequel to this game, which just makes it seem like the developers are not that interested in finishing off the story.
Overall, the game itself had a lot going for it, but either needed to be reworked or have more plot development.
Publisher: Empire Interactive
For those of us, myself included, who think The Longest Journey is by far one of the best (if not THE best) adventure games of all time, Dreamfall was a long-awaited and very longed-for sequel. Was the wait worth it? Yes, definitely. But is it a patch on the original? Sadly, no. But then, very few (if any) sequels to great games are. BUT, it is still a very, very good game and if you were a huge fan of the original, this game is a must-have.
In this sequel, you play as a new heroine, Zoe Castillo. You also, however, play as various other characters at different points in the game as well, which is pretty strange and takes some getting used to.
You in fact start out playing as Brian Westhouse, one of the characters from the previous game. Brian, who was a bitter and twisted drunk in the original game, is shown here as clean and sober and undertaking personal growth as a more positive direction in life. He inhabits what appears to be an Oriental monastery, from which he is sent off to 'shift' into a mysterious other world ('shifting' was a major feature of the original game, in which certain characters with the necessary talent are able to travel, or shift, between different worlds - all will become clear as you play).
The scene then jumps to a hospital bed, in which lies Zoe Castillo. She is in a coma, but by power of thought she introduces herself and begins to tell you her story.
You now begin to play as Zoe, pre-coma. The time is about 200 years from now and ten years after the events of the original game. Zoe lives a pretty mundane life as a somewhat spoilt, listless and bored University student. She feels pretty aimless until one day when she starts to find herself the target of strange messages that keep appearing on the ubiquitous news screens around the city. In the middle of normal programming, a mysterious little girl will suddenly crackle through and say 'Zoe, find April Ryan. Save her.' (April Ryan was the heroine of the original game, for those who have not played it.) This naturally freaks Zoe out and she doesn't know what to make of it, not knowing who April Ryan is nor why Zoe needs to save her.
And then, more disturbing, Zoe's good friend Reza is kidnapped. Reza is a journalist known for exposing scandals, and it's thought he may have gone too far this time.
Zoe embarks on a journey to try to find Reza, which takes her first to Newport, April's hometown, where she meets up with April's old best friends Charlie and Emma. Neither of them know where April is now, and are surprised to hear of Zoe's strange messages regarding finding her. Then fate intervenes in the form of a pair of evil twins who attack and drug Zoe while she is trying to make a phone call in a private booth in Charlie's nightclub. In trance, Zoe finds herself in a strange and completely alien world.
This is Arcadia, the alternate world that April shifted back and forth between in the original game. She is once again freaked out and desperately sets about trying to find out how to return. She ends up meeting April, who it turns out has been making her home in Arcadia for the past ten years. Zoe tells April of the messages imploring Zoe to save her, but April scoffs at this, saying she's fine and doesn't need to be saved, and helps Zoe return to her world. Zoe wakes up back in Charlie's nightclub, where he has been concernedly watching over her since finding her unconscious in the booth.
Zoe continues on her quest to find Reza, which takes her to Japan where she becomes involved in some serious and dangerous industrial espionage, and then back and forth between our world and Arcadia, where she again encounters April. Meanwhile, April has her own issues to deal with, and you spend some time playing as April as well, which I enjoyed as I'd liked April very much as the heroine of the original game, a wonderful strong, intelligent, wisecracking female hero whom we female games players could identify with for a change!
And later still you also play as a new character, Kian, a military religious crusader who eventually crosses paths with April, and they then have their own issues to resolve between them. I'm trying not to give too much away here without sounding TOO vague or confusing, which is hard to do. This is a very complex game with a lot going on in a lot of different places and involving a lot of different people.
The game also introduces an odd new extra element for an adventure game, a combat mode - occasionally your character will have to fight someone, but this mode really doesn't enhance the game at all; in fact, I found it a pain. It consists of simply pushing your forward key and hitting your opponent over and over as quickly as you can until they fall down. It's probably the worst point of the game. The puzzles may also be a little too easy for some, and towards the end, the game begins to consist more of cutscenes than gameplay.
But the game has good points in droves. The story is very gripping, intelligent and complex with many memorable characters and will really draw you in. For fans of the original game, it's great to meet up with many of the original characters and see how they're faring ten years on - April of course, and Charlie, Emma, Brian Westhouse, the White Dragon (who April rescued when it was a baby in the original game and is now in human form as a very Goth-looking lady!), Roper Klacks (the baddie who April imprisoned in a calculator in the original game), Gordon the bad guy who reformed and became the Guardian, and even Crow, April's sarcastic talking bird sidekick. And if you let the credits at the end of the game finish running, you get a brief flashback of the mysterious Cortez from the orginal game as well.
The graphics, as in the original game, are gorgeous, very artistic, with use of bright colour and elegant form - the artwork is like a series of beautiful paintings.
I had issues, at first, with Zoe as heroine. I found her rather limp and bimbo-ish, with a dreary, irritating voice, and was not at all confident that she was going to be credible heroine material. But as she goes on to have to deal with more and more dangerous situations, she becomes more resourceful and feisty. You see her begin to grow and develop which is very satisfying, and in the end she becomes a very admirable individual. So, if you feel the same irritation with Zoe that I did to start with, do persevere as it will be worth it.
This may be a puzzling game for those who haven't played the original, as so much of Dreamfall refers back to events from the first game. I would strongly recommend picking up a copy of The Longest Journey and playing it first, for maximum fulfilment. You can still buy TLJ new on Amazon, and second-hand copies can often be found on eBay.
Without wanting to chuck too much of a spoiler into the review, I will note that I found the ending a bit of a letdown - although some things were satisfyingly resolved, the final end was a bit abrupt and inconclusive, and also raised a few new questions. I wonder if this is because another sequel is in the works to tie it all up - I hope so!
Please note this is not a game for children - there is quite a bit of swearing in it (though maybe marginally less than in the original game!) and some risque dialogue & themes, hence the rating of 16+! (The original game was rated 17+, so I suppose that's some improvement!)
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BEST GAME EVER!
if you like games that tell a story then this is a must have.
You play a normal girl just trying to help out a friend, but when that friend goes missing you go to find out where he is, which eventually unravels a crazy scandal that gets people trapped inside a dreamworld.
So amazing but if you dont like story games and are more into action and shooting etc. then dont try it cus you wont enjoy it.
I actually finished this quite quickly because i did get addicted to it, so much that i missed quite alot of good tv (oops!).
As the plot unravels you do get to play more characters but i dont want to go into too much detail because i dont want to spoil it.
Really interesting game.
You'll want to play to find out what happens next, its like a movie but you're the character and you can get really involved in it.
Basically you'll need a mouse and a keyboard so dont worry about getting any crazy gadgets, you dont need them.
a Must have for point and click/tap adventure fans
If you love a game with a good story then definitely play this because i love it.
Dreamfall is basically the continuation of the longest journey, but differ from the first title in many aspect, the longest journey was the classic point and click adventure in monkey island's scumm style , dreamfall is totally different and a use a full 3d interactive engine, the game is still a graphic adventure but it use a new way typical of modern video games.
The game is very well done, it even uses some of the locations of the first game that this time are in full 3d, so if you loved the first one you will surely love to see them in full 3d.
In the game you will control 3 different characters:
Zoë Castillo: a girl living in the city of Casablanca , she lives with her father, her mother died and recently dropped out of university, the story begin with her ex-boyfriend who ask her for help.
April Ryan: The main character from the original the longest journey story , originally from Stark, now living on the other side of the world , fighting the Azadi as a rebel in a organized group.
Kian Alvane: An azadi special agent, basically some kind of assassin , great with the sword and very dangerous and highly respected among his peoples for his rank as apostle of the six.
If you haven't played the original longest journey this world is divided in 2 parts:
1) Stark: very technological world in which Zoe Lives which is basically some kind of future version of earth
2) Arcadia: a medieval world were magic is very important and is some kind of fantasy faerie tales world, with every kind of creatures.
I can't say much for the plot of the game, this is probably the worst part of the game, the story is clear and you will discover what is happening to the 2 worlds that are connected together and hang in balance and this balance is breaking.
The only problem is the games does not conclude and leaves so many unresolved issues that I don't even know if you can consider it a full game or only some kind of half game to be concluded with a future game.
Windows XP (SP2) - 512 MB RAM; Intel Pentium 4 1.6 GHz, AMD Sempron 2800+, or better processor; 8x speed CD-ROM or 2x DVD-ROM drive; 7 GB free disk space; DirectX 9.0c (included); 128 MB 3D hardware accelerator card, DirectX 9.0c compatible with latest drivers; DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
This game is also available for xbox.
Dreamfall is available on play.com for PC at £ 7.99, even less if you prefer a used version, the xbox version is £ 22.49 and only available in market trade.
Dreamfall: The Longest Journey, winner of multiple E3 awards as the best game in its genre, is the continuation of a saga that began with the award-winning The Longest Journey. In Dreamfall, players are taken on an epic journey of exploration and adventure as they venture through a thrilling and emotional storyline. Dreamfall features a fully interactive world where beautiful music, stunning graphics, fascinating characters, and unparalleled gameplay variety promises to bring the adventure genre into a new era. Prepare for a spiritual, fantastic, and powerful gaming experience.