Having just finished Dreamfall for the second time, I think I have figured out what happened(sort of)
The first playthrough was just to explore, figure things out and see the different environments. the second time I payed more attention to the many conversations and began to make sense of the whole story.
The game installed perfectly and the controls worked smoothly. I played the game with the minimum specs: 512 RAM and 128 MB video card and had no crashes or lockups.
I enjoyed the freedom of movement and the action-the combination adventure/action game element seems more realistic and immersive than the regular point-and-click method. The vivid color of some scenes and muted shades of some gave variety and was pleasing to the eye. The graphics have come a long way since the first Longest Journey game.
There is not a whole lot for those who love puzzles: some symbol matching and inventory using, mostly.There are no mazes or timed puzzles. There are auto saves in strategic places, so if you meet your demise, you don't have to replay a lot. The exploration is logical and linear-you can't progress until you go certain places and do certain things.There is a lot for those who love conversations-lots of them! Toward the end, it is more like an interactive movie, with as much cut scene as game play-but by that time, you really have to pay attention as the story unfolds and reveals what was going on.
You play as three different characters: 1.The narrator-Zoe Castillo,who is trying to solve a few riddles: A mysterious child tells her to "find April Ryan", Her former boyfriend who is a reporter goes missing,and what does the worlds most powerful corporation-"Waticorp"-have to do with them?
2. April Ryan, who has become a leader of rebel forces in the other world-Arcadia.
3. Kian, a faithful soldier and apostle to "the six", who are now in control of Arcadia.
As these characters your travels will take you to a variety of interesting places in the two different worlds of The Longest Journey-the futuristic, super industrialised world of Stark and the naturalistic, spiritual world of Arcadia. And then, there is also the dreamworld-"storytime"-where you are...nowhere but everywhere and everywhen. And here's where I get really lost!
But nevermind-it's a great story and a feast for the imagination.
I found the story to be thought provoking as well as entertaining, as there are some deeper issues touched upon:Modernism and reliance on scientific advancement at all cost versus natural world and spirituality. Is fanaticism and violence in the name of religion ever justified?
How far should science go to create life forms? Where will corporate control end? Will Walmart take over the world?
One thing that I didn't feel comfortable with was the fighting, although it was very easy. In one case I really didn't want to harm the opponent,who I had sided with as another character, but had to do so in order to progress through the game. Some pure adventure gamers may find the violence objectionable, and there is a warning on the box.
For what it's worth, my thoghts, added to everyone else's, on this great game-I give it a well deserved *****rating.