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The Longest Journey by Funcom
"This is the first step of the longest journey of your life"
The story takes place in two worlds that exist side-by-side, Stark, dominated by technology and Arcadia, a haven for magic.
April Ryan, an art student from Stark, finds herself 'dreaming' of Arcadia, but the dreams are all too real. When her visions of the magical world begin to bleed into her ordinary life in Stark she finds herself recruited to save both worlds by restoring the Balance.
It's a point and click adventure, so if you hate those with a passion it might be hard for you to get into. I have a lot of nostalgia for them, as I played some as a kid, but I also recognize their shortcomings. This one has several 'puzzles' that I found really difficult and ultimately cheated to complete. If you are really stuck, let me highly recommend this guide, by Alan Stock, which issues you hints and tips without a lot of spoilers.
The art style is actually pretty nice and dreamy for a fantasy game. I like the Arcadia landscapes best. It is an old game, however, so expect the people to look kind of horrific. In particular, their noodly arms never fail to weird me out.
April has been voted one of the best female protagonists in a video game of all time. Honestly, this is part of what drew me to the game in the first place. She doesn't disappoint, either. She is tough and ready for adventure. She has a witty tongue and a clever mind. She also has a compassionate heart (um, when she isn't pulling nasty tricks on people for the sake of the point and click plot mechanic, at least).
The rest of my commentary is behind the cut, due to spoilers.( Read more... )
In all, the game has really fun world-building and some amusing puzzles, with a great main character. There are also sequels, Dreamfall and Dreamfall Chapters. I have them on my wishlist, but I haven't played them yet.