D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die
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Fans of Deadly Premonition will love this bizarre, offbeat murder mystery.
A strange, intangible experience, with style that transcends its own rubbishness.
A worthy follow-up to Deadly Premonition, although whether it earns the same classic status will depend largely on the subsequent episodes.
This episodic adventure succeeds in its storytelling and character development. The gameplay offering is all over the place, and often feels disconnected from the narrative flow
D4 is so weird, strange and different that it's hard to pass up
D4 is all kinds of crazy, and you may not take to its unique brand of humor. But if you do, there's no forgetting it.
Access Games' episodic follow-up to Deadly Premonition is a tremendously strange trip.
Once again, SWERY injects a detective story with his patented brand of weirdness, though this time he's finally free of the technical limitations that hampered his past work. D4 isn't a flawless experience, but, as with Deadly Premonition, it offers a world and set of characters you won't want to leave behind.
Swery's been compared to David Lynch before for good reason and I still believe the comparison to be a valid one. His style is very abstract and his stories are often tangled webs of mismatched storytelling that seem to go off the rails right when everything comes together to deliver a valid, oddly satisfying conclusion and I can not wait to see how this one ends.
It ends on a cliffhanger, but D4 has me intrigued, mostly because I felt a genuine attachment to the characters. I want to see this journey through to the end, and the classic Swery wackiness kept me interested throughout the relatively familiar adventure genre gameplay.