Dark Dreams Don't Die Dumbly Dramatizes Dietary Decisions
Dark Dreams Don't Die, or D4 if you're hip, tells the story of a man named David Young using time travel to undo the murder of his wife. Which is all fine, but like Deadly Premonition and Tamagotchis, D4 is all about making sure you're eating. Just, all the time. Every action in the game drains stamina that has to be topped up with food, which sounds reasonable until you open the overhead storage on a plane and watch 10 percent of poor David's energy fade away:
Microsoft StudiosThe irony is he was trying to get a granola bar out of his bag.
Then there's this scene, where trying to move a piece of cloth draped over a seat drains David's final 6 percent and causes him to pass out like he just ran a marathon through the Sahara. Christ, does he have to eat an entire cow after getting dressed in the morning? David isn't keeping himself fueled; he's battling a serious health problem. And to do that you need to either find food or buy it from a cat who's psychically linked to your roommate and follows you around. Look, you can't strive for realism if your game involves buying a hamburger from a magic cat on an airplane.
Microsoft StudiosWhat, no peanuts?
Gameplay involves doing five or six things that further your objective before scavenging for sustenance like your stomach is a black hole, a time-consuming and immersion-breaking hassle that ends up being the exact opposite of realistic. And even that tenuous logic falls apart during the game's action sequences, when you slide across tables and smash baseballs into people's heads without the need to visit an all-you-can-eat buffet immediately after. Maybe all that food just keeps him functioning through his mundane life until he can get his true sustenance from inflicting pain on others.
Microsoft Studios"YOUR AGONY IS DELICIOUS; I MUST HAVE MORE!"
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