Posted: March 25
It's really hard to recommend Dreamfall: The Longest Journey. I guess I wouldn't recommend it unless you're bored. It was engaging and immersive and I really wanted to finish playing it! But, when I was done playing, I was glad that I had finished it.
It would be inaccurate to say that this game is a diamond in the rough--to do so would be to dismiss its flaws and recognize what it could have achieved with more polish. There's something "off" about every aspect of this game. It's actually the consistent level of imperfection that makes this game better than average, almost "so bad it's good." Almost.
The puzzle-y and other game-y aspects of this game ranged from simple, boring chores to extremely frustrating and lacking direction. The whole gameplay thing really just got in the way of the story.
The real gem here is the story though. It's entertaining and the main character will grow on you. It starts off sluggishly and builds momentum with an equal lack of haste. I have to admit that I skipped through a lot of dialogue in the beginning. I had trouple playing for more than 20 minutes at a time early on. However at what was probably the half-way point of the game I decided that I just needed to finish the thing. I'm still confused about whether or not I liked it, which character was the worst, or if I maybe just missed some of the parts where it went back and filled in plot holes. Also the ending sucks