Generally favorable reviews - based on 43 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
  1. Oct 3, 2014
    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 25, 2014
    It's the small insanities that elevate D4 to something truly special.
  3. Sep 19, 2014
    D4 has me intrigued, mostly because I felt a genuine attachment to the characters. I want to see this journey through to the end, and the classic Swery wackiness kept me interested throughout the relatively familiar adventure genre gameplay.
  4. Sep 21, 2014
    Don’t be fooled by the overly bizarre characters: with its surprisingly deep and compelling story and tight controls both via standard controller and Kinect, D4 will leave you begging for more episodes. A great new adventure game, definitely worth buying.
  5. Oct 16, 2014
    What D4 does incredibly well is provide gamers who loved Deadly Premonition with another tale of weird and wonder while at the same time giving day one Xbox One owners a reason to use their Kinect rather than controlling their cable TV.
  6. Sep 22, 2014
    D4 is Swery65 after all. Great and insane characters, intriguing plot and good Kinect gameplay. However, the game has some graphical issues.
  7. Oct 24, 2014
    D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die may be a short game, but it takes strides to be memorable.
  8. Oct 17, 2014
    It is not easy to appreciate D4 in its entirety, especially due to the Japanese surrealism it contains, sometimes extremely difficult to understand. At the same time, what you will find is a fine game that is able to provide a unique experience.
  9. Oct 8, 2014
    Once again, SWERY injects a detective story with his patented brand of weirdness, though this time he's finally free of the technical limitations that hampered his past work. D4 isn't a flawless experience, but, as with Deadly Premonition, it offers a world and set of characters you won't want to leave behind.
  10. Oct 7, 2014
    D4 is a greatly absurd adventure that thrives on its colorful characters and downright bizarre dialogues. When you’ve grown tired of serious adventure games like The Walking Dead and you want some humour in your life, D4 is good company.
  11. Oct 3, 2014
    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.
  12. Sep 30, 2014
    D4 is a game that knows what it is. It’s quirky and odd with an outrageous story and over-the-top characters, and that may not sit well with some people, but that’s the kind of game Swery is known to make.
  13. Sep 30, 2014
    D4 isn't what I'd easily call a good game, but it's a good enough one built around such magnificently strange material that I have zero qualms about recommending it to just about anyone. I guarantee half the people I'd recommend it to will find it impenetrably weird, but that other half will adore what Swery and his team have constructed, and hopefully will continue constructing, in D4.
  14. 80
    While it tries too hard at times, it's difficult to deny D4's zany charm. There's something irresistible about a game where you have literally no idea what's coming next. We're stoked for the next instalment.
  15. Sep 26, 2014
    Fans of Swery65 and Deadly Premonition will be in heaven while playing D4 since Swery's outrageous story and characters are even more outrageous this time.
  16. Sep 24, 2014
    D4 is utterly charming. It's also thought-provoking and very, very silly.
  17. Sep 24, 2014
    Maybe it's not a game for all the audiences and actually it's not even a complete product, but just this beginning is worth the price of the ticket for this new ride in Swery's world of weirdness.
  18. Sep 24, 2014
    D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die may just be the beginning, but it is easily one of the most delightfully bizarre trips of the year. It won't always make sense, but there is a consistent earnestness to its oddity that somehow makes it all work in harmony of '80s saxophone riffs and overly-affected Boston accents.
  19. Sep 23, 2014
    D4 hasn't a big talent, but it has a strong personality. If you want to try something different, the latest Swery videogame is definitely a good choice. It's not for everyone, but maybe it could be for you.
  20. Sep 22, 2014
    The characters are quirky yet interesting, and I’m looking forward to returning to their world. If you’re willing to give decent motion controls a shot, and like the idea of a bizarre private eye anime, I would say that D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die - Season One is well worth the investment.
  21. Sep 22, 2014
    There is a real richness of content and back-story that has been invented, and despite the feeling that you don’t really make much progress in solving the case in question, I really wanted to press on and find out what was going on.
  22. Sep 19, 2014
    From its insanely quirky characters to its underlying tragedy, D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is oddity done right.
  23. Sep 19, 2014
    D4 is ridiculous. It's weird, and silly, and makes very little sense. It's also hilarious, and packed with some of the most engaging motion-controlled sequences I've ever played. Coming from someone who generally doesn't like the Kinect, that's a damn big achievement!
  24. Oct 14, 2014
    D4 is disorienting, surreal, crazy as the previous works from Swery65. Is a brilliant adventure with a lot of hyperbolic characters and exaggerate situations. Play it and you won't regret it.
  25. Oct 6, 2014
    At first it may remind you of the latest Telltale adventures. But in the end this mystery thriller is more like an interactive David Lynch movie to which Quentin Tarantino and Abel Ferrara wrote the script. And yes: It is fun to play – even with the spot-on Kinect controls.
  26. Oct 1, 2014
    A weird and intriguing adventure which manages to make good use of Kinect and is filled with pure Japanese madness.
  27. Pelit (Finland)
    Mar 18, 2015
    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]
  28. Oct 6, 2014
    D4 is a darkly weird game, and one that boasts a fair amount of polish as it experiments with genres and controls. It’s not for everyone, but the solid Kinect input and trademark Japanese madness make for one deep dive that you won’t soon forget.
  29. Sep 23, 2014
    The narrative hooks are numerous and capable of sinking in nice and deep. I can’t wait to see where this crazy tale goes next in the forthcoming episodes. Hopefully less of my time is spent on needless action, and more of it is focused on the case and characters.
  30. Sep 22, 2014
    It is far from perfect, but we prefer an imperfect game full of personality over a "perfect" generic one. If you like Telltale style, but in a bizarre, Japanese way, then go for it.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 308 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 66 out of 308
  1. Sep 19, 2014
    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. Full Review »
  2. Sep 20, 2014
    Here's what I don't get,under 'critic reviews' it say 2 are mixed.How is a 70 a mixed score.Personally I would give it a 90 but 70 is good,notHere's what I don't get,under 'critic reviews' it say 2 are mixed.How is a 70 a mixed score.Personally I would give it a 90 but 70 is good,not mixed.If you don't like Destiny or can't afford D4 is a good filler until the big titles,Forza Horizon 2, Advanced Warfighter and the jam packed November games come out.And D4 is only $15!If you like game in the mechanical style of'Wolf Amongst Us' then you'll enjoy this game. Full Review »
  3. Sep 20, 2014
    my absolute favorite game on Xbone.It's unique and unlike any other game u've played,The game has an epic story,interesting characters andmy absolute favorite game on Xbone.It's unique and unlike any other game u've played,The game has an epic story,interesting characters and choices with different outcomes which gives different results in multiple playthroughs Full Review »