It has been a very long time since the release of Ragnar Tornquist’s The Longest Journey and Dreamfall: The Longest Journey, but with the help of Kickstarter and the episodic content concept, Dreamfall Chapters – Book 2: Rebels is finally here.
I have to confess that I’ve not been much up to date with the recent Kickstarter projects and episodic games, which is weird, because some of the most interesting titles the adventure genre has brought about, like Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse and The Walking Dead, were quite excellent to play through. So hopefully this year will see more coverage of them, starting with the second episode of Dreamfall Chapters.
The The Longest Journey games were never easy to get into for non adventure gamers because of often very long dialogues and a story that only slowly unfolded. But when the plot and character development finally came to fruition, then one couldn’t get away from them. Despite the second game being criticized for a lack of puzzles and an emphasis on stealth sequences, Dreamfall was still an epic story with an unfortunate open ending.
So it’s great to finally see more of April Ryan, the girl who came from the industry-technology world of Stark to the fantasy-magic world of Arcadia, in action again. Looking at the trailer and reading about the plotlines doesn’t make it easy for newcomers with so many threads intertwining. The animations also look a bit dated, compared to games, but the art direction, voice acting and writing generally seem to provide an interesting new experience.
For those who haven’t played the original games, there’s no better way than buying the season pass to see how this grand story about different cultures and belief systems turns out. There’s also a special edition, including the digital art book Reborn: The Art of Dreamfall Chapters Book One, the short stories Journeys Birth, the digital soundtrack, the Digital Europolis tourist map, 7 HD wallpapers, and 5 digital avatars. This is quite a lot of content. If you’re undecided, you can also get the upgrade later.
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