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  • Summary: D4 is an episodic murder mystery for the Xbox One where you must use your ability to go back in time to solve the mystery of your wife's murder.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
  1. Oct 3, 2014
    90
    D4 is quite a silly game. But also an awesome one, exactly what you'd expect from the creator of the cult classic Deadly Premonition.
  2. Sep 22, 2014
    83
    D4 is Swery65 after all. Great and insane characters, intriguing plot and good Kinect gameplay. However, the game has some graphical issues.
  3. Sep 19, 2014
    80
    From its insanely quirky characters to its underlying tragedy, D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is oddity done right.
  4. Oct 3, 2014
    80
    As gamers we are taught that games should fit different formulas, game characters should be certain types, and stories should be told in certain ways. D4 refuses to accept the established methods and creates it's own rules like a drunk man on a focused mission. Sometimes it's good to let go of all inhibitions and join the drunk guy in his binge.
  5. Mar 18, 2015
    75
    It probably would be more intuitive to play an adventure game with a steering wheel and pedals, when compared to the controls that D4 brings to the table. On top of that, the game is crippled with a stupid hunger minigame, that requires you to hunt food, or else you run out of stamina. The story is quite compelling and the wacky characters try their best to keep the game afloat, but the controls and the core mechanics just aren’t up for the task. [Feb 2015]
  6. Nov 28, 2014
    70
    Minor issues and short playtime aside, D4 is well worth a look, and one of the few times the “better with Kinect” slogan is appropriate.
  7. Sep 21, 2014
    65
    To be clear, I wasn't expecting a complete game from D4—the episodic model guarantees a certain amount of waiting around on the part of the consumer—but this doesn't even feel like a complete episode.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 47
  2. Negative: 6 out of 47
  1. Sep 19, 2014
    10
    This game its awesome, wheter you play it with kinect or gamepad this is a must buy, had a great time playing this game, highly recommended toThis game its awesome, wheter you play it with kinect or gamepad this is a must buy, had a great time playing this game, highly recommended to those looking for a weird, styled game, that's just awesome and fun to play. Expand
  2. Sep 25, 2014
    10
    Fantastic game. Give it about one hour to get over the initial quirky controls (be it Kinect or the controller) and another hour to weave youFantastic game. Give it about one hour to get over the initial quirky controls (be it Kinect or the controller) and another hour to weave you into it's world of beautiful music, bizarre characters, interesting story and obscure things that will happen every once in a while. It's a beautiful, almost art like game that is the perfect remedy for many of todays over simplified, action laden and foreseeable games. I assure you, after two to three hours the controls have sunken in and you don't wanna leave this world. If you liked DP, you'll like this. I'm very glad we have games like this. Thank you, Swery. Expand
  3. Mar 22, 2015
    10
    Fantastic game. Nice relaxing change of pace. The more you put into it trying to gather (and read) all the collectibles and the more you getFantastic game. Nice relaxing change of pace. The more you put into it trying to gather (and read) all the collectibles and the more you get to know the characters, the more you will adore this game. The music is outstanding and the humour is great! I can't wait to play the rest.... Expand
  4. Sep 19, 2014
    10
    Le meilleur jeu de la gen qui utilise enfin Kinect de manière totalement remarquable. Depuis Dance Central, nous attendions un jeu quiLe meilleur jeu de la gen qui utilise enfin Kinect de manière totalement remarquable. Depuis Dance Central, nous attendions un jeu qui exploite le gadget souvent décrié.

    Aujourd'hui nous avons donc en face de nous un jeu stylisé, avec une direction artistique incroyable, un scénario complètement barré, et des heures de jeu en perspective. Un régal.
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  5. Feb 7, 2015
    9
    I hadn't followed this studio previous work (Deadly Premonition, right?) but i watched the trailer of the game and i can say that it lookedI hadn't followed this studio previous work (Deadly Premonition, right?) but i watched the trailer of the game and i can say that it looked pretty interesting. The story isn't incredible but it is good enough, the characters are the one that shine here. That main character is funny, interesting and just kinda gives you a good vibe and his detective partner is good to relax the situations (and apparently is a good cook). While in the game you meet all kind of bizarre characters and they mostly have good characteristics (some are over the top but that is what gives the game a lot of its personality) the game gives a TV Serie vibe (with even an intro) and playing it will probably give you a smile.
    The gameplay is a little slow when using Kinect but it is definitely the way of playing it (except those pesky parts that you need to do something on time). The action scenes are the best i have played for an action game on Kinect, they detect you correctly, are not too complicated, look cool and are really funny.
    The game is a little short but i can tell that is mostly good except for little filling. The only thing that really bother me was the Stamina system which really was pointless and cut the experience a lot.

    9--Give it a shot if the trailer appeal to you, is a pretty solid game and i can't wait for the next episodes.
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  6. Sep 22, 2014
    8
    A good kinect game!? Impossible Is what people would've thought. First things first, If you don't like games which:1. similar to deadlyA good kinect game!? Impossible Is what people would've thought. First things first, If you don't like games which:1. similar to deadly premonition, phoenix wright,or movies like naked gun, airplane(where weird random stuff, characters keep happening to a ridiculous level of stupidity and quirkiness) therefore you gotta be open minded to a certain degree 2. Does not have high production value, amazing graphics 3. just in it for the gameplay, and rush through things without exploring the lores in the games, 4. does not like murder-mystery dialogue and story heavy games with few gameplay then sadly this is not gonna be your cup of tea.
    The game was made by access games with Swery65 as the director, and will last you minimum 6 hours if you try to finish all the sidequests, read through every article or letter collectibles in the game, and interact with characters at different points throughout season 1. It's 15 dollars for this season 1 of the game which consists of prologue, episode 1, and episode 2. But believe it or not the kinect actions responds quite well and makes this game more unique to play, although you can also opt to play with the controller if you like.
    For the gameplay it's a mix blend of point and click adventure style, and QTEs similar to say phoenix wright investigation mode, and heavy rain like QTE. When you hover over an object of interest it will show you interesting tidbits and info regarding the objects past which enrich the world of the game, furthermore if you interact with the objects which will have different things to tell you at different points of times in the game (a single bottle of ahave tequila will have lots to tell if you interact with it in prologue, episode 1, and 2). The QTEs are mostly done by holding your analog sticks to certain directions followed by a button prompt, and let me tell you this game has one of the most over the top, and fun to watch QTEs in any game ever that I've played. You have mainly 3 attributes: Stamina (which decreases every time you interact with Objects and people; vision meter highlights interactable objects and decreases over time if used 3. Health which may be lost if you fail QTEs or made a bad choice interacting with stuff.
    Sidequests are given by the cast of quirky characters in the form of random trivias, dialogue options you have to choose correctly, etc. Which after completed, rewards you with credits (can be used to by stuff like food, costumes, and gifts), buffs for attributes, costumes, and backstory.
    The soundtrack of the game is phenomenal with the noir styled jazz theme, to a rock celctic scandinavian track which plays during intense QTE **** Sound effects are not as quirky as the one in deadly premonition but still unique and amusing.Some of the characters have good voice acting, while the rest have what you might call good bad voice actin(it's awkward that it's pretty damn funny)
    The story for the most part is about a detective named David young who has the power of diving into the past using objects called as mementos to search for his wive's killer. While this may seem simple but, as what you would expect out of the mind of Swery65 is filled with amusing weird quirky characters( there's one fashion designer guy who has a towerlike green hair who always bring a mannequin he carries around whom he calls his "partner"); plot twists which keeps you hooked and wanting to play the next episode and reach out to the truth; and while the characters are unlikely in their behaviours but they are believable in terms of emotions and you even feel for the some characters as their past and backstory gets revealed. You can use logic up till a certain degree to understand the mystery and create theories but as It's a swery game don't think to hardly on it. The story will have some ridiculous revelatory moments (episode 2 ending cliffhanger) but overall it's a fun filled fresh experience, although I would've liked to believe that swery didn't ripoff but used the movie 'Memento', and game 'D' 's story as an homage.
    When it comes down to the negative points: 1. the quirkiness would prove to be a double-edged sword as it might drive away some people as it even gets weirder than even deadly premonition 2. the interaction menu are a bit clunky 3. you have to backtrack to your closet every time to change your clothes, and to your apartment for certain sidequests 4. the stamina runs out quickly at some points which detracts from the game a bit(you have a travelling cat vendor tho).
    Overall it's a game which has interesting story, quirky characters with good backstory, amazing soundtrack, simple and amusing gameplay, rich extra content which enrich the world, lengthy for those willing to explore and a bang for your buck. I honestly prefer this over deadly premonition because it's faster paced, none of the forced shooting and driving gameplay bull****, and a bit more original than deadly premonition. 8.5, can't wait for S2!!
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  7. Nov 5, 2014
    0
    It's basically, "teehee look how weird and quirky I am" the game. Nothing really means anything or has anything to do with anything, just aIt's basically, "teehee look how weird and quirky I am" the game. Nothing really means anything or has anything to do with anything, just a series of stupid events that combine to form absolutely nothing. Not very good. Expand

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