D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die

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78 / 100
Jun 5, 2015

A strange, intangible experience, with style that transcends its own rubbishness.

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7 / 10.0
Sep 22, 2014

Fans of Deadly Premonition will love this bizarre, offbeat murder mystery.

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7 / 10
Sep 21, 2014

A worthy follow-up to Deadly Premonition, although whether it earns the same classic status will depend largely on the subsequent episodes.

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7.5 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2014

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

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7 / 10.0
Sep 18, 2014

D4 is so weird, strange and different that it's hard to pass up

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7 / 10
Sep 18, 2014

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.

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Sep 29, 2014

Access Games' episodic follow-up to Deadly Premonition is a tremendously strange trip.

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Oct 8, 2014

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.

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Sep 29, 2014

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.

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9 / 10.0
Sep 18, 2014

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.

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7 / 10
Sep 22, 2014

This is just the beginning for D4, as more episodes are forthcoming. But for now, it's a solid package. Swery's latest is off to a good start.

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Sep 26, 2014

D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die is a unique and surreal experience from start to finish, but its episodic nature leaves players feeling unsatisfied. Open-minded gamers will enjoy the experience, but those seeking traditional story and gameplay should avoid.

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8 / 10.0
Sep 22, 2014

The strange world Swery has brought to life is definitely worth exploring, though. There is a real richness of content and back-story that has been invented, and despite the feeling that you don't really make much progress in solving the case in question, I really wanted to press on and find out what was going on. Even though the atrocious voice acting and questionable conversation topics may make you laugh when you should be crying, there are few points when D4 isn't entertaining or emotionally engaging in one form or another – which is a far cry from the cookie-cutter titles that so often fill the shelves and make it something worth celebrating.

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8.5 / 10.0
Jun 8, 2015

I'm thrilled it's on PC, and I'm delighted we'll finally get to see the series continued – this prologue and two full-fledged episodes are great, but I really need to know what happens next!

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8 / 10
Jun 5, 2015

Swery does Telltale, by way of an obsessed, time-travelling detective and lots of references to Boston. D4 is as unique and strange as you'd hope; and (unlike Deadly Premonition,) a decent enough PC version.

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Sep 18, 2014

D4 is ridiculous. It's weird, and silly, and makes very little sense. It's also hilarious, and packed with some of the most engaging motion-controlled sequences I've ever played. Coming from someone who generally doesn't like the Kinect, that's a damn big achievement!

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Sep 23, 2014

D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die may just be the beginning, but it is easily one of the most delightfully bizarre trips of the year. It won't always make sense, but there is a consistent earnestness to its oddity that somehow makes it all work in harmony of '80s saxophone riffs and overly-affected Boston accents.

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Mar 2, 2016

Swery's trippy, time-traveling tale of love and murder is one of the best point-and-click adventure games on PC. If you like strong stories, humor, and memorable characters, get this game.

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7.5 / 10.0
Oct 6, 2014

D4 is a darkly weird game, and one that boasts a fair amount of polish as it experiments with genres and controls. It's not for everyone, but the solid Kinect input and trademark Japanese madness make for one deep dive that you won't soon forget.

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8.5 / 10.0
Sep 25, 2014

D4 is completely bonkers, with a cast of characters that range from the mundane to the downright strange and more twists than a M. Night Shyamalan film.

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