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Dreamfall: Chapters Episode One review: A long-awaited journey

Hayden Dingman | Oct. 28, 2014
It's been fifteen years since The Longest Journey came out, making it a pretty apt name for a series. A cult classic, The Longest Journey is regarded as one of the best point-and-click adventure games and best game stories of all time.In 2007 fans finally got a long-awaited sequel, known as Dreamfall: The Longest Journey, which wrapped up a few story threads from the original game while opening up even more questions.

Bottom line

I completely understand if you wait until all five pieces of Dreamfall: Chapters are released. There are some bugs Red Thread needs to figure out (specifically in regards to performance and optimization) and I imagine it's hard to sell you on an initial chapter where literally nothing seems to happen if you're not already a fan.

But as hard as it is to explain, that's the charm of it. I honestly don't know if non-fans will ever want to play this game — Tornquist and Co. barely refresh your memory on the plot of the original Dreamfall, and I can imagine the dual-protagonist, dual-world structure makes very little sense if you haven't followed this series since its first iteration.

I have, though. I have no qualms about saying this is one of the best-written, best-voiced, and best-structured adventure series in all of gaming, and from this initial chapter I expect the same quality from Dreamfall: Chapters. If you haven't played The Longest Journey and Dreamfall: The Longest Journey, maybe check them out.

And if you have? Well, there's still four chapters to go, but as far as I can tell this is the sequel you've been awaiting for seven years.

 

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