'Dreams' Review: The only limits are your own imagination
For the majority of the last decade, PlayStation-owned studio Media Molecule has been hard at work on a project titled "Dreams." The game was announced all the way back in 2013 and, for the next six years, nothing came out of the project outside of small teases.
While their contemporaries pushed out game after game, Media Molecule quietly worked on a project that they promised would be something special. When the game entered early access in April of 2019, the few that decided to take an early look at the project seemed impressed.
Many, including myself, still doubted that "Dreams" could live up to the hype that Media Molecule and PlayStation had been building. Turns out, my doubt was misplaced.
"Dreams" is a game where the only limits are your own imagination. While a tagline such as this might make one think of games such as "Minecraft," let me assure that "Dreams" is on a whole different level.
The game's main draw is its "Dream Shaping" mode, where one can build just about anything they want: fully playable games, films, music videos or simply assets for others to use in their projects. While this process is admittedly a little complex and intimidating, "Dreams" does a great job of helping players learn how to create through a series of tutorials.
Now, I know that most people, such as myself, don't want to sit on a PS4 for hours trying to figure out how to design levels or characters. That's where "Dream Surfing" comes in. In this mode, players can access the thousands of different creations that other players have put into the "dreamiverse."
This section is a completely mixed bag. Some things you will run across are unplayable pieces of trash. Others, however, can be incredibly unique and special. Take, for instance, "Art's Dream," a three hour game made by Media Molecule meant to inspire creation in the community.
While short, "Art's Dream" is one of the best experiences that I have had in a video game in a long time. The game was incredibly touching, with fun gameplay and music backing it up. It ends with a message from Media Molecule encouraging others to create; and create they did.
A trend on the "dreamiverse" is recreating other established games such as "Mario 64" or "Fallout 4." Picking up these recreations can be mind blowing as they fully showcase the power that "Dreams" puts into the hands of its players, if they choose to use it.
Whether you dream of becoming the next big game developer or simply want a seemingly unlimited stream of new content to play, "Dreams" will have something for you.
It's hard to put into words how special this game truly is. Even if creating doesn't sound like your thing, "Dreams" will probably encourage you to create something and chances are you'll have fun doing it. Adversely, if you just want games to play, there's always something new in the "dreamiverse" waiting for you.Game reviewed on a PlayStation 4 Pro. 9/10
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