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WindowsThe Jimquisition (Jun 09, 2015)
D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die takes the modern adventure game model standardized by Telltale and runs with it to the strangest places possible. Often laugh-out-loud funny and offbeat as it gets, David Young’s airborne murder mystery is a silly load of fun with some genuinely enthralling interactive elements.
Xbox OneGiant Bomb (Sep 30, 2014)
Access Games' episodic follow-up to Deadly Premonition is a tremendously strange trip.
WindowsPC Invasion (INC Gamers) (Jun 05, 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.
WindowsHardcore Gamer Magazine (Jul 07, 2015)
Whereas the PC adaptation of Deadly Premonition was a god-awful buggy mess, D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die has been ported with care and love. And while we would have loved to see the beautiful cel-shaded visuals in a resolution higher than 1080p, what is there runs without a framerate drop or any other graphical hiccups. Though the game ultimately performs best with a controller, the keyboard and mouse incorporation is better than what was offered through Kinect controls. This is a must-own for those without an Xbox One. Even with its proclivities and general narrative insanity, it’s one of the most unique experiences on the market right now. Amid an industry that has struggled with innovation for years now, it’s important that games like D4 are supported and made.
WindowsGame Revolution (Jun 10, 2015)
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. For $14.99, you can begin your journey down the rabbit hole on PC through various online outlets like Steam, GOG.com, and humblebundle.com. For $29.99 you can get the entire first season along with a large amount of DLC content, including 12 character skins, soundtrack, and the original voice over script. So far there has still been no official news on future episodes or seasons; hopefully, the move to the PC platform will change that.
WindowsPC Gamer (Jun 04, 2015)
As for a score, that feels like I’m reviewing a tree, based on a fascinating, half-eaten leaf that blew into my face. I mean, great leaf, really. This leaf is to be encouraged. But as a failed experiment in episodic delivery, it must be punished, in the same way we’d all retrospectively give Half-Life’s Episode 2 42%, if we could, for the cruelty of that cliffhanger. Ah, what the hell. I’ve explained the problems in the words. I can be generous with the dumb number.
Xbox One4Players.de (Oct 02, 2014)
Zusammen mit absurden Situationen, ausufernden Trivial-Dialogen à la Tarantino und mitunter explosiver Gewalt, die Abel Ferrara mit Stolz erfüllen dürfte, inszeniert D4 ein interessantes Mystery-Adventure im Stile von TV-Serien. Allerdings findet das Vergnügen schon nach zwei Episoden mit einem Cliffhanger ein vorläufiges Ende. Zudem bleiben die Ermittlungen linear, bieten einem keine Entscheidungen und abseits von akribischer Spurensuche auch keine komplexen Rätsel, während das unpassende Ausdauersystem eher für Frust statt für Spannung sorgt. Dafür überzeugt die optionale Kinect-Steuerung, die einen mit einfachen, aber sehr intuitiven Gesten durch die mysteriöse Comic-Welt führt. Ich hoffe, es dauert nicht lange, bis Microsoft und Access Games die nächsten Episoden veröffentlichen. So machen Adventure Spaß.
Xbox One411mania.com (Oct 15, 2014)
How you feel toward Dark Dreams Don't Die will depend on largely on you. I enjoy the silly and over-the-top and thoroughly unique nature of the gameplay, characters, animation, and camera work. But at the same time, the story is paper thin and filled with more holes than Swiss cheese, and the game takes itself as seriously as whoopee cushion. If you want a game that will leave your jaw on the floor more than once, have at it. If you want something a bit more substantial, this may not be the game for you.
Xbox OneGamegravy (Nov 13, 2014)
D4 is definitely not a casual gamer’s game and won’t sit well with anyone who doesn’t have an open mind but overall is a very unique experience.
WindowsMetro.co.uk (Jun 11, 2015)
Episode two certainly ends on a cliffhanger, but it’s also much shorter and less amusing than the first one – which is slightly worrying. We thoroughly enjoyed playing through it all again though, as SWERY once again proves that just as good gameplay can compensate for weak graphics so too can a good script save a multitude of interactive failings.
WindowsDarkZero (Jun 09, 2015)
D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die should do well though, because even though there isn’t much game to it, the popularity of these cinematic adventure titles do good when the price is right on Steam, and coming out with 10% discounted at £9.89 means it doesn’t hurt the wallet to to experience four hours of what I believe will be the most entertaining and off-the-wall story to grace 2015. D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die might make you want to smash stamina mechanics, but its strange aura is packed with character, unorthodox plot and is very much made from love from its director and team, and while it’s not the best game ever, it’s one that should be given the chance to live on and continue bringing something different to video games, because you can never have enough variety in one medium.
WindowsAnime News Network (Jun 10, 2015)
The wheels of game production turn ever on. As the pressure of expanding budgets makes games like this the exception in a world populated by Final Fantasy, Assassin's Creed and, paradoxically, the Telltale Adventure Game model itself, the Season One moniker slapped on this PC port begins to feel like the twist of a knife: the mildly laughable suggestion that there would ever be a Season Two. Despite D4's ham-fisted grabs at Twin Peaks touchstones and its persistent supposition that "eccentric" is an express shortcut to "intriguing," somehow it's still disappointing we might never see any more of it.
WindowsRiot Pixels (Jul 09, 2015)
Замаскированное под адвенчуру чудовище Франкенштейна, демонстрирующее фундаментальное непонимание того, что такое «юмор», «повествование» и «геймплей». Поначалу кажется, что постичь скрытый гений японских разработчиков мешает культурный барьер. Потом – что Access Games специально хотела поиздеваться над нашим чувством прекрасного. А в итоге понимаешь – это бессмысленная галиматья, созданная бездарными неумехами, и у неё одна дорога – прямиком в мусорный бак.