Dreamfall Chapters Book One: Reborn

Rating Summary

Based on 21 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

74

Top Critic Average

37%

Critics Recommend

Based on 21 critic reviews
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Adam Riley

Top Critic

7 / 10
Jan 8, 2016

Even after such a long wait, and with a hazy memory of the past titles, Dreamfall Chapters Book One: Reborn proves to be a major success, working just as well, in fact, as a standalone product thanks to the Story Recap option filling some blanks for newcomers and the writing being clever enough to not leave fresh faces bewildered. Smooth controls, stunning visuals, and fantastic audio direction all make for a special adventure, albeit one with one or two fetch-quests too many included. Conversation threads may prove too wordy for some, yet others that are eager to get lost in the lore, and learn more about the world they are stepping into, will be exhilarated. This is definitely not for those wanting to rush through to the end; taking the time to savour the overall excellence of the package is ideal - feel the love that has been poured into it, and get ready for Book Two: Rebels.

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85 / 100
Mar 22, 2015

Dreamfall Chapters – Episode 1 does an excellent job of laying the groundwork for what is to be sure to be a helluva journey.

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90 / 100
Mar 22, 2015

Dreamfall Chapters is a strong adventure game, held back only by the required knowledge base for entry. A fascinating game with interwoven tales, beautiful set pieces and believeable protagonists, Dreamfall is going strong and only getting started.

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8 / 10.0
Nov 25, 2014

What the episode lacks in excitement, it makes up for with strong characters and rich, detailed environments.

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IGN

Top Critic

6.5 / 10.0
Nov 11, 2014

Judged on its own, Dreamfall Chapters - Book One: Reborn falls flat, and will confuse series newcomers.

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Pierre-Yves L.

Top Critic

Nov 11, 2014

From my time with Book One, experimenting with the multiple choices that can affect the outcome of the story, Dreamfall's Chapters is going to be a pleasure to experience. The beautiful design of the game and the interesting way that it handles characterisation and narrative has me looking forward to seeing Book Two with baited breath.

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7 / 10
Nov 6, 2014

The first episode marks the beginning of what may be an epic adventure, but falls flat. Most of the time is spent reacquainting ourselves with the characters and narrative, which isn't inherently a bad thing after eight long years.

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8 / 10.0
Nov 5, 2014

It's a series of small, deliberate steps that efficiently clears the way for longer, more exciting strides.

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4 / 5.0
Nov 5, 2014

On the whole the team at Red Thread Games has done an incredible job updating The Longest Journey for the modern era. With graphical fidelity to match any AAA game and a strong aesthetic sense informing its visual direction, Dreamfall Chapters is one of the few games this year that I'd call beautiful. But underneath those modern trappings lies the same foundation of smart, profound storytelling that made the series so great in the first place. Unfortunately, this first episode ends a little prematurely, and it feels like we've yet to reach the real meat of the experience.

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7 / 10.0
Nov 4, 2014

Perhaps the game's greatest success is the sense of exquisite history and continuity carried through in the excellent writing:

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