Posted: January 22
I loved this, but there are a few caveats which come with my recommendation:
This first chapter might seem relatively short for the purchase price, clocking in at about 5 hours-- but bear in mind that, when you buy Dreamfall Chapters, you're buying all five chapters in this episodic story, to be received on release.
And, to be honest, the reason I immediately wanted More Now as soon as I finished this chapter was that I was fully immersed and engaged in the story, and I did not want to stop.
Another thing to bear in mind is that this game is a continuation of the story begun in the 2006 commercial release, Dreamfall (now retitled Dreamfall: The Longest Journey on Steam).
This game gives you enough backstory to get by, but I suspect players completely new to the saga will get the sense that they are missing nuances and details as they go forward. All the crucial plot points are explained, but in a story- and character-driven game like this, nuance and detail heighten the immersive effect.
If one can handle the 2006 graphics of the original Dreamfall (considered lush and beautiful for their time), I would suggest playing that game first, if interested, for the full effect.
Lastly, potential buyers should be aware that this new Dreamfall Chapters is an indie creation, backed by crowdfunding.
It's absolute;ly of quality, but it doesn't have the massive scope in terms of gamespace that today's studio-funded AAA titles do. You'll see a lot of repeated NPCs on the streets of the future-European metropolis, for eexample, and the population-density on those streets may seem a little sparse.
all the things which make the Dreamfall/Longest Journey saga shine are still here in spades. Ragnar "The Secret World" Tornquist's characters and dialogue remain as sharp and as compelling as ever. The voice acting remains first-rate. In short, everything which has made this series so good remains on full display.
I recommend this game without reservation to those who understand what they're getting. Im my opinion, the Dreanfall series remains one of the most engaging story-driven gameworlds in gaming.