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  • Summary: Dreamfall Chapters continues and concludes the gripping story of Zoe Castillo, the Dreamer. Revisiting familiar locations and characters, and introducing new sights and sounds, new faces, new game mechanics, new thrills and challenges, Dreamfall Chapters takes the player on an emotional,Dreamfall Chapters continues and concludes the gripping story of Zoe Castillo, the Dreamer. Revisiting familiar locations and characters, and introducing new sights and sounds, new faces, new game mechanics, new thrills and challenges, Dreamfall Chapters takes the player on an emotional, exciting and challenging journey -- from a dystopian cyberpunk future, through the mysterious and dreamlike Storytime, to the magical landscapes of Arcadia. Expand

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Dreamfall Chapters - The Journey Continues
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. Apr 30, 2018
    90
    This particular game is a joy and has a story that has a conclusion that is worth the time and effort. It might not please all fans of its prequels due to its obscure time-hopping scenes, but even they should love the final catch-all scene. It is an excellent entry to the universe and a fantastic addition to the PS4 catalogue, and will leave most hoping for another game in the future.
  2. 80
    Dreamfall Chapters is an entertaining game that will bring about a satisfying continuation of the long-running series. While it has many of the same trappings that most adventure games suffer from – namely clunky controls and occasionally unintuitive puzzles – this is more than made up for with the game’s story. If you’ve been waiting for the full console release of Dreamfall Chapters to continue your adventures in (and out of) Dreamtime, wait no longer and pick up Dreamfall Chapters as soon as you can.
  3. May 7, 2017
    75
    For fans of The Longest Journey and Dreamfall, it’s been a bittersweet twenty years. Those who have been on that journey all this time will enjoy the chance to send those characters off one last time, although newcomers might only get to understand parts of the story. Cameos and past events fill out a majority of Dreamfall Chapter’s setting, but there’s still an entwined story beneath it all that can be enjoyed by newcomers nonetheless. Although the Unity port’s performance doesn’t handle particularly well under pressure on the Playstation 4 Pro, the journey is still worth taking just to see Kian and Zoë’s stories come to a close.
  4. May 5, 2017
    70
    Issues aside, Dreamfall Chapters is an adventure game worthy of your time. The story is powerful and engaging, with characters you’ll fall in love with. Get past the annoying robot and characters that swear far too much (and seemingly for the shock factor) near the start, and you’ll begin to appreciate all the hard work Red Thread Games has put into each and every book.
  5. May 23, 2017
    70
    Dreamfall Chapters´ episodic storyline have some great moments, but gameplay is too simple and puzzles are not well balanced. Technical aspects (except for the main character models) are poor.
  6. May 9, 2017
    60
    A great story with interesting characters is done wrong by a lot of backtracking and muddled puzzle design. This could've turned out much better.
  7. May 11, 2017
    40
    Dreamfall Chapters stays true to the adventure genre it embraced in 1999, but sticking to the same approach in 2017 means it feels a little past its prime.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. May 17, 2017
    10
    The story here is one of the best there is in gaming. Games like this prove that games are a credible medium of strong storytelling. GameplayThe story here is one of the best there is in gaming. Games like this prove that games are a credible medium of strong storytelling. Gameplay is nothing too special and graphics are normal but that's fine because the art direction and the aesthetic are top of the line.

    This is a re-release of the PC version and runs just about as well as that one. As great as this game is, it's a pretty hard sell for those who have already played it. However if you haven't played this game then I highly recommend it.
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  2. Apr 28, 2019
    7
    Art can be very much about entertaining ideas without embracing them. Shadowrun intentionally is a cesspool of criminality and gross politicsArt can be very much about entertaining ideas without embracing them. Shadowrun intentionally is a cesspool of criminality and gross politics and this Dreamfall kind of reminds me of that in some ways. The playable characters have deep serious character flaws and personality defects.

    The regurgitating themes in this game are so frequent and on the nose. To point they are like a metaphorical sledgehammer to the face. No subtlety no nuance just waves of blunt force trauma level of writing. Wow they do like to hammer home over and over again the same points to ad nauseam.

    The optimization and performance is crap. With a very low frame rate compounded by the camera movement that is almost vomit inducing. The art style is nice, but the game play and puzzles was nothing really challenging while being fairly generic. The story, writing, characters just unsophisticated stereotypical positions on low brow new age political trash talking points.
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  3. May 18, 2019
    5
    Great game with a story that's slow going and slightly confusing at first but worth the persistence Although puzzles/paths through the levelsGreat game with a story that's slow going and slightly confusing at first but worth the persistence Although puzzles/paths through the levels are often confusing as to why , without a walkthrough I wouldn't get far Expand
  4. Jun 26, 2017
    5
    As a fan of The Longest Journey and somebody who was fairly pleased with the Dreamfall saga as a whole I must say...this game has not agedAs a fan of The Longest Journey and somebody who was fairly pleased with the Dreamfall saga as a whole I must say...this game has not aged well. Maybe its just me, but everything from the plot to the characterization and even the visuals seemed to have deteriorated tremendously for this final chapter, in such a way that it begs you to consider: were the pre-quells really any better?

    I wanted to re-experience the story, but apart from some mashed together clips on YouTube there isn't really a good synopsis of the story thus far (and it is a convoluted one), which kind of leaves newcomers at a disadvantage. This is something I was sure the re-release of Dreamfall Chapters would remedy, after all this is the FINAL chapter. I was wrong.

    Upon start-up of the game there IS an option for a quick recap, which is narrated by the games leading protagonists. However to say it was brief is an understatement, and it left out some critical information from the ORIGINAL game that has a huge impact on the universe at large as well as character motivations.

    I guess you could argue that at this point only hardcore fans are following the series, and this isn't REALLY a good point of entry, but what a huge ball dropped. Even knowing all the ins and outs, to see it summarized is tantamount to the experience as a whole. Fans have come a long way with this series, and supported it with hard earned cash - we deserve a summary of our exploits at the very least.

    That's a minor issue however, compared to the larger problem with Dreamfall Chapters. Its BORING. I mean dreadfully boring. Context is seemingly added for every unnecessary object you stumble across, and while done the right way this can show a deepness of universe, all the writers ever did was find way to shoehorn in ways the item pertained to the character examining it.

    So we get tons of background on characters in this sense, but not much else. It leaves a lot to be desired, and it seems the games mechanics have actually regressed over time, simplifying themselves in nature and pandering to the lazy gamer who's there for a story.

    Here's the problem with that, Telltale has raised the bar significantly for this style of gameplay and Dreamfall Chapters misses ALL the queues. Engaging and interactive player sequences - nope. Huge set-pieces and impactful decisions - nope. Relatable protagonists and problem solving? Absolutely not. It's like they expected this games legacy to account for the obvious dip in writing and gameplay, but it simply does not.

    For all of that it is more Dreamfall, and perhaps the closure console fans needed. However in retrospect a remake of the classic would have been far more pleasing, and its an experience that console users also missed. This was basically a wasted opportunity to capitalize on the adventure game trend, and it feels like it in every way. A disappointing 5/10.
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  5. May 13, 2018
    0
    Your choices seemingly don't matter much, cringeworthy/confusing dialogues quite often, and a SJW agenda storyline. You don't need to tell meYour choices seemingly don't matter much, cringeworthy/confusing dialogues quite often, and a SJW agenda storyline. You don't need to tell me how being gay is acceptable 400 times in the game and how genocide is bad 400 times in the game, I'm aware. Focus more on the storyline and actual choices instead of shoehorning politics the whole game, thanks.

    If you're a fan of the whole game being about: teenage lesbians, women empowerment, and racism/bigotry is bad m'kay... this is the game for you.
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