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  • Summary: Dreamfall Chapters continues and concludes the gripping story of Zoe Castillo, the Dreamer.

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Dreamfall Chapters - The Journey Continues
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Aug 12, 2016
    80
    Boring puzzles and at times jarring low-budget visuals stir a lot of negative emotions, but all this anger and frustration will be wiped away by the narrative tide of sincere emotions and soothing nostalgia. Ragnar Tornquist creates colorful character, and writes witty dialogue; he knows how to carry on the intrigue, make you laugh and, when the gods of drama demand it, sucker-punch you with full force.
  2. Jul 5, 2016
    80
    You have to run a lot in Dreamfall Chapters, but it is still an enjoyable story and an ending to a long journey. The story elements are in focus as the puzzles are usually rather simple and straightforward.
  3. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Aug 23, 2016
    78
    Last chapter of a game shouldn’t be “just another adventure”, but a final that nicely ties up all loose threads. Unfortunately, Dreamfall Chapters’ ending leaves enough of those to knit a whole sweater for Christmas. [Issue#211, p.65]
  4. Pelit (Finland)
    Sep 28, 2016
    73
    Dreamfall Chapters is a mess of a game, with both story and gameplay segments varying wildly in quality. That said, it is still a must-play for all fans of the series. There are very few games that attempt to weave such an ambitious narrative. [Aug 2016]
  5. CD-Action
    Sep 17, 2016
    70
    Dreamfall Chapters is a satisfactory successor to The Longest Journey and Dreamfall, but not a good enough game in its own right. [09/2016, p.46]
  6. Aug 11, 2016
    70
    Successful adventure offers a satisfactory ending of a saga. Its advantages include excellent atmosphere and screenwriting, fantastic dubbing and an interesting story. Pity there is also wrong pace of the game in its first half, a lot of unnecessary running, and some not-so-imaginative puzzles. Even though the positives far outweigh the negatives and game can be recommended to adventure fans.
  7. Jul 1, 2016
    50
    An ambitious sequel to 2006’s Dreamfall, Chapters is worth playing to see how the saga ends but doesn’t hold up as a standalone adventure.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 79
  2. Negative: 27 out of 79
  1. Jan 31, 2015
    10
    Can't think of anything else ever since finishing episode 1. If the game is going to be as good as the first episode lets you believe it will,Can't think of anything else ever since finishing episode 1. If the game is going to be as good as the first episode lets you believe it will, then the game will be absolutely grandiose, I'm sure of it. Expand
  2. Apr 2, 2017
    10
    Great game, great characters, great story and… mediocre technical realization. Still this game is an outstanding masterpiece! Thanks to theGreat game, great characters, great story and… mediocre technical realization. Still this game is an outstanding masterpiece! Thanks to the people who made this possible. Expand
  3. Oct 22, 2014
    10
    Not much of a review, because i am too biased.

    The longest journey is the best adventure i played, Dreamfall is my favourite storybased
    Not much of a review, because i am too biased.

    The longest journey is the best adventure i played, Dreamfall is my favourite storybased game, and chapters just continues.

    To be more objective - it is less a "game" and more a "story" - or lets say - game elements won t get in the way of the story too much. TLJ was a better "game" than Dreamfall for sure. - Chapters tries to mix it up a little bit - offering more gameplay than "go from A to B and watch the next cutscene".

    chapters looks great, has a great soundtrack and feels very good. If you loved Dreamfall, i am sure you love chapters, too.
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  4. Oct 25, 2014
    8
    The anticipation of Dreamfall Chapters, was enough to cause me to stay up the entire day of its disappointing release. The game is litteredThe anticipation of Dreamfall Chapters, was enough to cause me to stay up the entire day of its disappointing release. The game is littered with a variety of technical issues, which are overshadowed by the lack of optimization. I imagine Red Thread will eventually release a patch that increases performance on a wide spectrum of hardware. The good news is, the game is not unplayable. At medium and low settings, the game still looks quite aesthetically pleasing.

    The length of Book one leaves a lot to be desired, and being an adventure game where story takes precedence, it’s a bittersweet experience. Just as book one was becoming interesting, it ends. This is reminiscent of Dreamfall: The Longest Journey. However, book one builds up to a strong foundation which I suspect will lead to a story as grand and interesting as The Longest Journey and Dreamfall.

    The addition of choices which change the story, is meaningful to a series that has always had a strong, but linear narrative. This allows for a diversity that only recent adventure games have introduced, and increases the replayability of the game. I was disappointed that none of the choices you made had much of an immediate impact, however I am also appreciative of this. It allows the creative team at Red Thread to really think how the decisions we make might impact the story, and it only increases my anticipation for the next book to be released.

    Be warned, that the game gives almost no context to the world around you, and only gives little snippets to past events. This seems to fit with the main character, although it leaves a bit to be desired as a player. As someone who has spent a lot of time with the previous games, I didn’t experience any issue with immediately getting immersed in the world. For other players, this might be an issue. I would highly recommend playing the previous iterations before trying this game out.

    If you are an adventure fan, who primarily wants an involving and impactful narrative to immerse yourself in, Dreamfall chapters will give you that. However, with four books still left to be released, be prepared to have a gap every couple of months.
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  5. Jun 26, 2015
    6
    This game makes me sad and frustrated at the same time. Being third installment of great adventure series it has so much potential of beingThis game makes me sad and frustrated at the same time. Being third installment of great adventure series it has so much potential of being fantastic game. And it ends up being mediocre at best.

    To sum it up:

    1) Nothing of consequence happens story-wise in Books 1 & 2. Most characters are uninteresting, dialog is mediocre, themes and story arc from original Dreamfall are not touched at all. Too much pointless running around with no apparent reason. Very little any real content.

    2) The facial and other character animations are just bad. Even when the narrative tries to convey some kind of emotion, the characters just stand still with blank expression on their face. The original Dreamfall had better animations 10 years ago. Also very little humor. No jokes, no witty dialog, nothing. The overall tone of this game is very monotone.

    3) Point & click problems. It's very easy to miss objects you can interact with. Often you know what you're supposed to do, but just can't figure the where to click or the correct order of clicking things.

    4) Slow graphics. Except the animations, the game actually looks quite nice. Unfortunately it has some performance issues. Even in high-end system it can have framerate issues and in many older systems it might be pretty much unplayable. This might be alleviated in future, if they decide to change to newer Unity version.

    To be fair, the Kian story arc has some interesting parts even in Books 1 & 2. Also, while Book 3 mostly has the same problems as the previous two books, the story starts to pick up some speed. The game starts to address the story arc from original Dreamfall and even the dialog seems the get better (and wittier) at times.
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  6. Apr 21, 2017
    4
    I liked The Longest Journey. I loved Dreamfall. But I can't start liking this game. The story is OK, and it actually is one of the things thatI liked The Longest Journey. I loved Dreamfall. But I can't start liking this game. The story is OK, and it actually is one of the things that make me want to play. Some characters and their interactions are also well-written and keep be coming back here. However, the game itself is poor. There's a lot of running involved, and although the maps aren't that big, you will find yourself running in circles looking for a specific person with very vague instructions how to find them. At times certain tasks just seem like padding out the playtime of the game. The same goes for the child intermissions - a set of frustrating tasks that seem totally pointless. Furthermore, thy rely on you having played the previous games recently, and, for example, remembering the plot outline. I played TLJ over 10 years ago - how the heck am I supposed to remember which of to characters did I meet first?
    All these side tasks are frustrating, repetitive and do not bring the story forward. I have nothing against interactive movies (I love Heavy Rain), but this one plays like a chore, to the point that even the story does not seem rewarding enough.
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  7. czt
    Aug 6, 2017
    0
    Another unity-dinput ignorance case. "Full controller support" is just a lie if dinput controllers not working correctly. (See Layers of FearAnother unity-dinput ignorance case. "Full controller support" is just a lie if dinput controllers not working correctly. (See Layers of Fear or Syberia 3 as good examples.) Expand

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