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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Graphics and Storyline!, 5 July 2007
This review is from: Dreamfall: The Longest Journey ( XPLOSIV PC DVD ROM) (Video Game)
Dreamfall is visually great and has a top notch story line, but if you are expecting a point and click style adventure game like its predecessor The Longest Journey then think again.

First off it's worth saying that your enjoyment of the game will be much greater if you have played, liked (and preferably completed) The Longest Journey. The twin worlds of Stark and Arcadia are complicated places, and if you aren't familiar with them then Dreamfall will leave you wondering what in the name of the balance is going on...

The game follows a couple of weeks in the life of Zoe Castillo. Solving puzzles, sneaking past guards and some somewhat limited fighting is the order of the day. It reminds me of the Shenmue games in a way because it is very dependant on the storyline; much more so than the gameplay. Don't get me wrong, the gameplay isn't bad, but without the brilliant storyline and quality voice acting it wouldn't be much of a game. There is a lot of dialogue. Sometimes it seems more like you are watching a film than playing a game. There are some sections where you don't actually have to do anything other than walk around and listen to people for perhaps 30 minutes at a time. If you can't stand listening to dialogue then you probably won't like Dreamfall.

The graphics are superb; they really are eye candy of the highest level. I particularly like the water and particle effects, and all the characters are really well modelled and animated. Even the randoms. What is really great to see is some of the locations from The Longest Journey put into glorious 3D. As soon as you arrive you think, "Wait, I've been here before..." There's an instant sense of familiarity and you even find yourself knowing in which direction a certain place is based on your memory of the 2D drawings that April Ryan walked over.

I don't have the best system, (NVIDIA FX 5200, 512mb RAM and a Celeron 2.55 GHz) but I was still able to play the game on high graphic quality settings with minimal loss of frame rate.

One criticism I would have to make is that almost all of the puzzles are quite easy. It seems obvious what you have to do most of the time. I didn't find myself stuck even once. It's not a bad length but I was wishing I could have played it for a bit longer when it ended. The ending is pretty open so I guess there'll be a sequel on its way. There is little or no replay value...

All in all an intriguing game with brilliant graphics and storyline, but not too much to offer in the gameplay department. It's a must if you enjoyed The Longest Journey and the Shenmue series.
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