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Dreamfall Chapters Review

August 2nd, 2017 by

DreamfallI’m all for an Episodic game. I quite like them, the anticipation, the aspect of essentially choosing how the show is going to pan out. I like the fact that most of them have some level of causality to their proceedings and there isn’t ever a right and wrong way to play.

That being said, Dreamfall Chapters was a bloomin’ slog. I had High hopes for this one, A Scandi-fantasy if you will. made by Norway’s Red Thread Games and funded by a Kickstarter and the Norwegian film institute, I was expecting something brooding, dark, unexpected. That wasn’t what I got. I got some top end Last gen graphics, some clunky controls and some obscure puzzles wrapped up in faux-inception.

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The premise is that you control two protagonists, one, Zoe Castillo, in Stark also known as the ‘real’ world and Kian in Arcadia, the ‘magical’ world. Oh and there’s also ‘The Storytime’ where dreams happen… Yeah, I wasn’t sure about those names either.

We start the game having to free Zoe from a Coma and Kian From a death sentence, both of which drove me to distraction, it took 4 attempts to open a locked door, and as for getting Zoe out of a coma… apparently it’s all to do with mind reading?!

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It’s not the best written series / game, but to give it some dues, it does engage you from that perspective, it creates enough intrigue to persevere with the poor controls. I can’t help but feel it would be better with a mouse ( and I rarely say that) and that may make it a more user-friendly and playable experience. The voice acting for some characters is so hammy I thought about putting my PlayStation 4 between 2 slices of bread with some mustard! I tried really hard to find the good in this game series, but the only thing I’ve got is the story, but I still couldn’t tell you where it’s heading!

I’m not certain I could really recommend this based on the story though.. maybe just watch a walkthrough or read a wiki?

Midlife Gamer Rating: 5/10     Format:  PlayStation 4 / Xbox One / PC       Release Date: Out Now

Disclosure: Midlife Gamer were provided with a review copy of  Dreamfall Chapters for review purposes. The title was reviewed over the course of  five days. For more information on what our scores mean, plus details of our reviews policy, click here.

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