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Dreamfall Chapters

The Final Cut is the remastered special edition of Dreamfall Chapters — an award-winning adventure spanning multiple worlds and playable characters. The Final Cut edition combines all five episodes into one complete story, with reworked character designs, an expanded soundtrack, remastered audio and new dialogue, improved art, lighting and animations, and new special features. Dreamfall Chapters is a stand-alone game in The Longest Journey saga; a narrative third-person 3D adventure set in the twin worlds of science and magic. Embark on a magical journey across Stark and Arcadia in a setting that mixes cyberpunk sci-fi with magical fantasy. Play as Zoë Castillo, a young woman seeking answers to her own identity; Kian Alvane, a disgraced Apostle and assassin seeking redemption; and Saga, a mysterious child trapped in a house between worlds.
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

Awesome adventure game with a well detailed and fairly long story to tell. Decisions you make greatly change the course of the story and you really feel involved with it. Great setting with a neat art style, and voice acting felt well done. There are some minor visual glitches but nothing game breaking.

Review from Steam

This game is absolutely stunning, both visually and in terms of storytelling. It quickly became one of my all time favourites. The choices you make in the game do genuinely have impact on the way the story plays out in a way that some choice-based games totally miss. This makes the replay value pretty good: I've played all the way through twice, logging about 65 hours, and am still looking forward to coming back for more in the future.
Despite this being the last game in the series, it was the first one I picked up. You absolutely can play and love this game without playing previous instalments, you just need to be aware of context clues and recognise going into it that there are some moments and callbacks to previous games that just won't hit as hard without the context of the first two games, especially toward the end. That being said I wish I had played the other games first in hindsight, or at least watched some playthroughs. My second playthrough with that context was definitely more impactful and rewarding!

Review from Steam

I played this game back in 2016 and often find myself thinking about it and wishing I could experience it for the first time again and wishing I could find more games like this that made me want to just binge play and excited for the next play session. Haven't felt connected to a game like this one in awhile. Highly recommend! <3

Review from Steam

Dreamfall Chapters tells a great story that is very much worth experiencing. Unfortunately that story will make little sense unless you've played through the two prior games, which in this day and age are excessively clunky. Fortunately, this is a more modern adventure game (think Telltale Games) though I don't know that it honestly benefits much from the format versus simply being a non-interactive show. Without all of the wandering around and clicking, it would probably make for a more impactful story, certainly a more streamlined one. Still, if you've played the first two games, you would very much want to play this one.

Review from Steam

This game series actually got me through a difficult period in life, and I look back on it fondly. Good story, great art, I wish there more.

Review from Steam

tl;dr
If you have recently played the previous games this is a gorgeous, satisfying conclusion to the trilogy with simplified gameplay allowing the story and world building to take centre stage. If you have not you will have no idea what is going on.
Full Review
I first played The Longest Journey and Dreamfall in 2017 and I absolutely loved them. I don’t know why it has taken me so long to play this. Actually I do, it is because I am massively cheap, I’m not going to pay full price for a recent game when I can wait four years and pick it up for few quid in a sale.
As I started to play the game I kept meeting characters that I couldn’t quite remember who they were and visiting locations that seemed vaguely familiar. So after my first play through I replayed The Longest Journey and Dreamfall before playing this game again. I suppose technically the game gives you enough information to explain the events but I don’t think you are going to really enjoy this game unless you are a fan of the series and have played the first games recently. There is even one part where you have to arrange a storyboard of the first game, it still took me two attempts when the game was fresh in my mind and I knew this puzzle was coming.
The gameplay is mostly wandering around talking to people and occasional simple puzzles. It is also a choices matter but not really kind of game. You can pick different options that will have minor differences in the later events which makes it enjoyable to play through a second time. I think this style of game works exceptionally well here. In the longest Journey I enjoyed the story despite the dated graphics and the baffling puzzles; in Dreamfall I enjoyed the story despite the janky controls and the terrible combat; here the simplistic gameplay allows you to just get immersed in the story.
So if the game is all hanging on the story how does that hold up? I personally loved it. The plot kept me wanting to play on all the way through. I felt it nicely tied up all the threads from the previous game including the apparent contradiction between the end of the first game and the events of the second. There were enough new characters and locations mixed with existing ones to keep things interesting.
Another thing that defined the previous games was the world building, this game again does it beautifully. Both Stark and Arcadia feel alive and give you that sense of wonder at the environments. Being able for freely wander across large areas of the respective cities without loading screens really helps. And of course the more modern graphics help too. The only thing I would have changed is go you remember that image of Marcuria harbour from The Longest Journey, filled with all the myriad ships trapped there? Well when you pass through there in this game it is pretty much deserted and dead. This is a minor gripe though.
I also need to mention the voice acting. With such a reliance on story the voice acting is vital to pull that off and the whole cast does an excellent job, they really bring the characters to life and help you really care about them during the game. I hate so single out and individual for criticism but I really did not like Zoë’s voice actor in the previous game but the new voice actor in this game really does a great job. Another minor thing that I would have changed is Na’ane has been made a lot more fluent in this game. Her stilted speech in the previous game made here feel more alien and otherworldly.
One other minor thing to mention if you are using a 21:9 screen resolution the game will run fine but you will not be able to see the buttons in the inventory. So when I got to a part where I needed to dismantle an item in my inventory I did not even realise I was able to do that, I looked at a walkthough and got very confused before eventually finding some helpful person on the internet who pointed me in the right direction to change my screen resolution.

Review from Steam

A truly wonderful story taking place in juxtaposing Fantasy and Sci-fi worlds which converge into a dream world theory of the universe that is under threat of abruptly ceasing to exist forever.
I went into this game almost completely blind and wasn't exactly sure what to expect. I knew it was a combination of a walking simulator and point and click with puzzle elements. This is all I knew. I hadn't played or even heard of the two games taking place before Dreamfall Chapters. Despite this, I thoroughly enjoyed the game to the point of doing a second play-through.
To fill in the blanks, most of the story from the previous two games is explained through dialogue or readable lore. Although in the "Final Cut" version of Dreamfall Chapters, parts of the game have been removed which leaves obvious gaps in the story. Some of these scenes can be played in "Extras" from the main menu but apparently, some of the scenes were removed from the final cut due to outrage and demands for political correctness...
Dreamfall Chapters is a linear branched story but has deep multi-layered storytelling and several endings for its various characters the player controls. The "choices that matter" aspect affects anything from the way your character looks and acts, to the story itself. There are even choices that will end the game far too early. I decided on inaction during a certain encounter and it resulted in the resistance being obliterated and the evil empire reigning supreme (time to re-load). Additionally, at the end of each of the five books, your choices are compared in percentile charts next to everyone else that has played the game. A lot of people's choices split evenly on decisions but there are some BIG, I mean really BIG moral choices that clearly show that 30ish percent of people are just... Jerks.
It's worth a play if you are looking for a good story-based game. There is no combat, no twitch reflex requirements, no skill-points, no level-ups. There are in fact A LOT of cut-scenes, conversations, careful decisions, moral quandaries, reasonings, and deep clue searches.
Pros:
- Beautiful Scenes and Artwork
- Mature Themes
- Choices Matter
- Impressive Graphics
- Class A Voice Actors
Cons:
- Obvious gaps in the story.
- Dialogue choices bug in some cases, changing the entire outcome of your story.
**Make dialogue choices at your own risk, bugs cause choices you make to change in between chapters and thus changes outcomes in the story.**
(One of the characters was suddenly and inexplicably gay at the start of a new chapter. Dialogue, haircut, everything.)