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This is a rather old review I wrote, I decided to share it here.

Dreamfall: The Longest Journey is an action-adventure game created by Fun Com. It’s a game about Zoë Castillo a young student who has recently dropped out of college to sort her life out. Her dad is leaving town for the time being and she is having a party with her local female friends and ex boyfriend. Her ex ends up disappearing and she is trying to find him. That’s the motivation through most of the game. It didn’t seem to motivating to me though as I was bored for 2/3rds of the game.

After beating the game in 12 hours with out really having to put any effort forth I was disappointed. I would reclassify this game as an interactive action-adventure movie. About 75% of the time you will spend playing the game really isn’t spent playing the game. It is spent watching the character interact with other characters and do actions. There are even some really lovely cg scenes in the game but there are entirely too many cut-scenes. The time you spend between cut-scenes is very short and straight forward there are no real options and everything is very simple.

The game engine its self was very simple as you couldn’t walk into certain areas that a person would normally be able to. Every time a character walks upstairs it looks like there legs are being swallowed by them not to much effort there. The snow falling effects were nice but very much over used. Through out the game you control 3 different characters with different goals. The fight scenes were very hard to control and easily beaten if you just hammer the heavy attack button until they die when the fall off guard.

Over all I would say this game was a waste of money good thing I rented it. The only good thing I noticed was decent voice acting / syncing and a good musical score. But beat the game in less than 12 hours with lots of breaks with no help from a guide book or walkthrough. If the company decides to do a 3rd game in the series it would be very hard as they (spoilers). Anyways if you want to play this game still I highly suggest renting it.

1/10 Game play
6/10 Graphics
9/10 Audio
1/10 Replay

4.25/10 overall

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