- Publisher: Red Thread Games
- Release Date: Jun 17, 2016
- Also On: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
- Summary: Dreamfall Chapters continues and concludes the gripping story of Zoe Castillo, the Dreamer.
- Developer: Red Thread Games
- Genre(s): Adventure, 3D, Fantasy, Third-Person, Fantasy
- # of players: No Online Multiplayer
- Cheats: On GameFAQs
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Dreamfall Chapters - The Journey Continues
Positive: 5 out of 11
Mixed: 6 out of 11
Negative: 0 out of 11
Aug 12, 2016Boring 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.
Jul 5, 2016You 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.
Game World Navigator MagazineAug 23, 2016Last 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]
Pelit (Finland)Sep 28, 2016Dreamfall 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]
CD-ActionSep 17, 2016Dreamfall 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]
Aug 11, 2016Successful 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.
Jul 1, 2016An 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.
Positive: 44 out of 85
Mixed: 12 out of 85
Negative: 29 out of 85
Dec 11, 2014I did not finish this game yet (though it is not too long), but I need to emphasize, how beautiful it is. The message, the story and all, notI did not finish this game yet (though it is not too long), but I need to emphasize, how beautiful it is. The message, the story and all, not just the graphics. There is a heart beating within. A wonderful philosophy all around. ...and of course great atmosphere. Superb, and cruelly long-awaited sequel of TLJ. I'm glad that such deeply spiritual and original games still exist.… Expand
Oct 26, 2014For those who have endured the long journey (I just did that...) from Dreamfall to what would become Dreamfall Chapters, I can only tell youFor those who have endured the long journey (I just did that...) from Dreamfall to what would become Dreamfall Chapters, I can only tell you that the wait was well worth it. As someone who loved The Longest Journey and Dreamfall, I was hoping that the series would one day continue, and here we are. Not only is this exactly what a fan of the series would want, it improves on Dreamfall. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for this wonderful series.… Expand
Oct 22, 2014Not much of a review, because i am too biased.
The longest journey is the best adventure i played, Dreamfall is my favourite storybasedNot 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.… Expand
Jun 5, 2016This is more visual novel with alternate endings. The first books were a bit slow but the pace really picks up in book 4. As usual, withThis is more visual novel with alternate endings. The first books were a bit slow but the pace really picks up in book 4. As usual, with Ragnar Tornquist at the helm, the writing is top notch and is a great narrative driven game. The voice acting is well done and the visuals are decent to great. Character models are a bit stiff and movement is a bit wonky at times. There is not much in the way of game play and there is a section with searching for Saga's pictures that was infuriatingly unnecessary. So much so that I quit playing for a couple of weeks and then just slogged through that section to get on with the story.
All in all its a deep and rich story and worth playing to experience. Having been a huge fan of Ragnar's work in the past, this does not disappoint if you go into it understanding that its more narrative than game. For me its an excellent game but not as good as The Longest Journey, Dreamfall. I happen to also really enjoy The Secret World - and wish Ragnar and Martin Bruusgard were still a part of that team.… Expand
Jun 26, 2015This 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.… Expand
May 12, 2020I replayed through the entire Longest Journey saga, and this was the one game I dreaded because I know how it goes.
Chapters is a game thatI replayed through the entire Longest Journey saga, and this was the one game I dreaded because I know how it goes.
Chapters is a game that is tonally confused at best and downright silly at worst. Gone is the whimsical tone despite the world's imperfections from TLJ and Dreamfall, and in it's place is cynicism and psudo-intellectual trife. Zoe went from being charming to insufferably self-important. The political intrigue aspect from the first games has gone from tastefully done and well integrated into the world and plot in TLJ and Dreamfall to about as subtle as a brick to the head. I'm a lefty and even though I agree with the ideas, it just feels weirdly out of place in Arcadia. The first game handled these matters perfectly all the way back in 1999, so I don't know what happened here.
The plot itself is really poorly paced, with boatloads of filler added to pad out the runtime. The game still has loads of plot to resolve tho, and is content with rushing through important scenes to get back to meandering fetch quests. Without getting into spoilers, I will safely say that it's ending isn't very conclusive and doesn't justify the ending of the OG Dreamfall in any way. Supposedly it was supposed to be resolved in a sequel to TLJ called "The Longest Journey Home", but Funcom didn't give Ragnar the rights to make it so we're back to the franchise feeling unfinished (I thought that was the entire point of the kickstarter, but what do I know I guess).
Finally, the gameplay. You basically run around doing next to nothing while the character you're playing muses to themselves about the events going on around them. There are light puzzles, but beyond that it's a borderline walking sim. Thats fine, games like Life is Strange and the Telltale games get by with this gameplay alright, but this game leaves too much space in between interactive elements. You get to make a couple of choices along the way, but they are mostly worthless in the grand scheme of things, which is a bit disappointing.
Overall, Chapters is a game with a bunch of grand ideas that just doesn't justify it's own existence. It's too blunt, too rushed, and too full of itself and that is too costly for just the TLJ name to carry. Even if you are a fan of TLJ, I'd still skip this unless you care that much about the slight amount of closure this game will give. It's just slightly below average, and some of the plot points hurt the impact of the previous games by a bit.
It isn't the worst game in the world, but it's just a letdown for what I think is the best adventure game franchise out there.… Expand
Aug 6, 2017Another 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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