Posts Tagged ‘The-Longest-Journey’

The 25 Best Adventure Games Ever Made

You know that there are adventure games, and you know that some of those adventure games are better than others. But do you know which one is best, and which one is twenty-fifth best? Well, at last you can find out, with our definitive, unimpeachable breakdown of adventure gaming’s best moments.

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Wot I Think: Dreamfall Chapters – Book One

When you spend so long hoping for the continuation and conclusion of a story that was part of your earlier life, it’s a bittersweet relief to hear that the waiting is finally over. Parting is such sweet sorrow and all that, but it’s beneficial to have some closure. The Longest Journey began a decade and a half ago and Dreamfall Chapters marks the end of that journey.

But not yet. Not quite. Here’s wot I think.

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Hands On: Dreamfall Chapters

Dreamfall Chapters opens with a series of nightmares, wasting no time before informing the player of the high stakes and gravity of its multi-threaded plot. It’s a personal story, of family and sacrifice, but the potential consequences are cosmic. In truth, it’s not a single story at all, it’s a collection of stories within stories and about stories, taking the disparate worlds of The Longest Journey and weaving a larger tapestry. I’ve played the first three hours and found something quite different to the point and click adventure I was expecting.

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RPS Think Tank: Let’s End This

Press A to win game.

Game endings, then. They’re crap, aren’t they? Even games that tell engaging and creative stories have a habit of foundering abruptly instead of providing a satisfying finale. Maybe it’s because statistically, developers know less people will see the ending than any other part of their game, and a finale is a lot of work. Maybe it’s because creating closure is an entirely different discipline to holding someone’s attention.

We could have sat theorising in the RPS chatroom all day, but instead we collaborated on something far more proactive and arrogant: rewriting the endings of five of our favourite games. Check out our maddened riffing on Borderlands, Half-life, The Longest Journey, Morrowind and System Shock 2 after the jump.
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GoG Releases The Longest Journey

OH GOOD GRIEF, John's going on about The Longest Journey again.

Any excuse to post about The Longest Journey. That’s my motto. And this is quite a good one. Good Old Games are putting emphasis on that first G today with the addition of one of time’s finest adventures (and the game that’s most important to me) to their catalogue. It is of course also available on other download sites, but getting it via GoG means it’s DRM free, and it turns out, cheaper (just)! Hooray (just)! If you’re in the right country! TLJ is currently £5.99/9.99€/$9.99 on Steam. Via GoG it’s $9.99, which translates to £5.45 in the UK, but for our European allies it plummets to 6.11€. If you want to know more about the game, and why it’s so damned special, there’s a million squillion things to read about it on this site. If you haven’t played it yet, I hate you. But I’m prepared to forgive you.

Mystery Is Important: Dreamfall Chapters Snippets

Storytime.

Dreamfall Chapters news comes rarely, and often without detail, but Funcom’s Ragnar Tørnquist has sneaked out a couple more bits and pieces. Bits and pieces he’s quick to stress are unofficial, from him, and not representative of Funcom. First and foremost, that it definitely still exists. In the sense that it hasn’t been given up on. While Funcom is in a bit of turmoil, making a sizeable loss and losing their CFO, it’s good to know that Tørnquist and his The Secret World team (who have a lot in common with his Dreamfall team) are still continuing at full speed. And it’s good to know that the thinking is long-term, and that Chapters is still to come. Now a few more details about how Chapters will work have appeared.

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