Have Game, Will Play: D4 (Dark Dreams Don’t Die)

Swery, the writer and director of Deadly Premonition, is back with D4. D4 is an episodic adventure game with some point and click influences available exlusively for the Xbox One. Swery’s latest title can be played with a controller or with Kinect 2.0. Having played D4 with both, I ultimately preferred it with Kinect. I am comfortable assuming that I am very likely in the minority.

David Young is the protagonist in this quirky adventure. The former Boston Police Department detective is obsessed with solving his wife’s murder. Since her untimely death he has gained the ability to go back in time to alter the course of events and discover more about her death and other related crimes. Seemingly ordinary objects like shoes, badges or baseballs become mementos that link and send him to the past. David is the main focus despite the ability to control a younger version of his deceased wife, Little Peggy, during the episode’s prologues.

Most of gameplay consists of interacting with the environment, conversing with eccentric people and keeping an eye on your stamina. Eating food replenishes it and any activity you engage in does the opposite. You also have a life meter to monitor. This primarily comes into play during the fast action sequences that help with the game’s pace. Upon completing prologues or the episodes themselves will result in a very detailed list of metrics and stats the game gathers. The inclusion of leaderboards is a definite sign that Access Games wants to encourage multiple playthroughs. D4 is a very strange and quirky game. Characters you will come across say and do some very nonsensical things. I’d be lying if I said I understood D4 but that didn’t get in the way of me enjoying it.

Recommendation: Worth a buy – if you are not averse to quirk
Full Disclosure: This game was provided to GameEnthus by the publisher.
Genre: adventure game
Developer: Access Games
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Platform(s): Xbox One
Price: $14.99

Links
https://store.xbox.com/en-US/Xbox-One/Games/D4-Dark-Dreams-Dont-Die/6e82a9a6-b6a0-4c30-a50f-1e0ebafee8bc?cid=majornelson
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Scale:
Worth a buy – paying full price for fans of the series or genre makes sense – often includes a caveat
Worth a buy on sale – not quite full price worthy but close, – often includes a caveat
No – borrow it if you must play it
Please no – Don’t waste any time and/or money on it