Thursday, May 27, 2010

Dreamfall - Brilliant Adventure in Stunning Worlds




Dreamfall - Classic Adventure Beautifully Created

This stunning masterpiece of 3D world making and game story telling is the second in the series of games created by FunCom and Ragnar Tornquist, one of the very best of modern game designers and creators. It is without a doubt one of the finest CGI games created yet, and shows a mastery of story telling and world making on the part of FunCom and the entire development team that is so far unparalleled in game creation.




I have begun a new play thru of Dreamfall and with the first time, full graphics enabled, and I must say I am stunned and surprised at the beauty and the great depth of this remarkable game. With the perspective of several years since its release and my own experince of many games since playing it for the first time, I find it engaging, engrossing, and thrilling and a joy to play and to see. The characters from Zoe to all of the others, the way the game puts you "there" in the lives of the players, and the just incredible luscious colours, lighting and feel of the game, i am convinced now that FunCom and Ragnar Tornquist, the mentor/creator of the series has achieved heights rarely climbed by any adventure game or any game for that matter period.

I dont want to spoil it for anyone who has not played it, so this thread is for those who have mostly but if you havent, run dont walk to get a copy....and play along. I will keep my posts relatively unspoilerish, and it does not hurt to know what wonders visual and game story wise you will see lie ahead.




Overall i would say that what they have achieved with this wonderful masteripeice is a story, of action, adventure and drama that has also great human appeal and depth. The modeling and the voice acting is superb for everyone, and there are tons of hints, and story enhancments to be had by talking to and listening to everyone ...absolutely everyone in the game.



The lighitng and the settings are also works of art, the characterizaiton of the locales, and the feeling of being right there with the story, and the wide range of feeling of them, it is simply something you have to see to believe.






The challenge for story telling is how do you frame the places and the people you see, and the camera (if you reverse both the X and Y axises) is wonderful to follow with and enjoy. You also get a good inventory of things to enhance the game, and full record of the dialoge for future refernce thru Zoe's phone.

It is also a story set in an intriguingly familar future, one we live in already partly ...now. The vast depth of the issues and the story arc that lies beyoind and above the immediate events, the risks that lurk society wide are ours too, and there is an erie prescience that the game story offers us here and now.




I cant say enough good about this wonder and this awesome marvel...so i will let the pictures do the talking and hope to return here to post more and to expand on what is up. This game is also a wonderful contrast to the volence ridden games we see coming out today, for it offers challneges and even combat but it is couched and placed in a believable and humane context that engages us without dragging us into a corner and hittings us over the head with it.




Come for a bit to Stark with us, and see what the Longest Jounrey has led us to, and join us and Zoe and her friends and foes in this great adventure....with much to enjoy.

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Stares said...

Sarah Hamilton, April Ryan,The Longest Journey and Dreamfall  and Chapters,needs a hand. Just passing it along, follow link to help her out.
http://www.gofundme.com/8fbxk8
Even if you don't know who she is, what she does. She is a real survivor. She is really a truly beautiful, strong and boldly courageous human being. If you can even offer 5 dollars you are showing your support in her incredibly difficult and inspiring journey. I admire her profoundly. Just read her story, it's so inspiring and heart breaking at the same time. I donated what I could.

"What's my opportunity here?' is a question I never cease asking myself. I am a woman who doesn't allow life's challenges to get in the way of my growth. In fact, I believe challenges are to be overcome in order to transform our lives and allow us all to find the joy that is our birthright. And I have been challenged in the last decade.

My belief was put to the test when I was diagnosed in 2002 with Multiple Sclerosis, then 18 months later with Stage 2 Parotid (Salivary) Gland Cancer. 'What's my opportunity here?' was the question that kept repeating itself. My back was subsequently operated on due to a completely extruded disc in 2010. In 2013 I slipped and fell on the ice and needed surgery in my hand due to a ruptured tendon. Also one of the main MS symptoms are many many migraines. At one point they were up to 25 a month. Thankfully they are now down to about 10. All of this ... has led to bills, some of which I am still paying off without rancor.

Now again my belief has been put to the test. On April 2nd I went back to the Hospital for back surgery again. This time needing a fusion of my spine. I spent 4 days in the hospital post surgery due to drainage tubes, IV's and pain management that could not be medically supervised at home. I am now home and bills are coming in, which doesn't allow for ease of healing due to stress. The stress of which has caused an MS relapse which has come in the form of severe vertigo. This doesn't make movement easy, which is crucial to my healing. One doesn't want to topple over after a back fusion, that's not such a good idea...

So what is my opportunity here? It's to acknowledge that I need help. Help with my bills. Once I am given the go ahead to go back to work it will be part time, and in conjunction with all my regular bills I won't be able to pay my previous doctors bills let alone my new ones. I also acknowledge how so very grateful I am for being allowed the time to get well and for having those around me who love me. Yet I need help. And if you are able to do so I would be so grateful to all of you for the rest of my healthy life. So.... Thank You, Thank You from the bottom of my heart. I am honored and humbled by your support.

With All My Love,
~Sarah "

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