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Dreamweb
Developer(s) Creative Reality
Publisher(s) Empire
Release date(s) 1992
Genre(s) Adventure
Mode(s)
Rating(s) ELSPA: 15+
RSAC: V4: Wanton and Gratuitous Violence
NS3: Frontal Nudity, Non Explicit Sexual Activity
L2: Profanity
Platform(s) DOS, Amiga 500/600
Media Floppy disc/CD
System requirements 386 20 MHz CPU, 4MB RAM, 256 colour VGA graphics
Input mouse

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Overview

The music in Dreamweb (by Matthew Seldon) is highly regarded, helping to bring about the atmosphere which made the game admired by many at the time, which even included a bonus audio track in the CD version. The dark - if simple - story is also praised, and the characters are well developed. The original game came packed with a booklet named Diary of a (Mad?) man, written by Stephen Marley which has a far more layered and atmospheric 'prequel' story than the one in the game itself. The diary also supplies more background info on the main character (and served as a copy-protection method). The game is criticized for its poor top-down view and overlooking many "rules" commonly observed in adventure games; for instance, while the player can examine and pick up most objects on-screen, the large part of them don't have any other purpose than to take inventory space, and there aren't any options on how Ryan speaks with other characters. Stephen Marley is a British author and video game designer, best known for his Chia Black Dragon series. ...


Some puzzles, although logical, are very simplistic - while in many adventure games (even on more adult adventures) the solution to pass by a NPC is working around him (by distracting or giving some object), in Dreamweb the use of a gun is quite common and the assassination of other characters frequent, sometimes with gory results. It was also one the first mainstream games that featured an uncensored sex scene, which was quite controversial at the time of release, despite merely being a few blurred pixels. An NPC from the video game The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. ... Mainstream is, generally, the common current of thought of the majority. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Story

The player is Ryan (who can be described as an anti-hero), a bartender in a futuristic dystopian city whose nights are plagued with strange dreams. In the last dream before the game starts, Ryan is asked by the master monk of the keepers to be the deliverer and kill the seven evils who are united to break the Dreamweb. (In Diary of a (Mad?)man, however, which precedes the start of the game, it is strongly implied that Ryan is descending into psychosis and has fabricated the whole Dreamweb scenario in his mind.) In literature and film, an anti-hero is a central or supporting character that has some of the personality flaws and ultimate fortune traditionally assigned to villains but nonetheless also have enough heroic qualities or intentions to gain the sympathy of readers or viewers. ... A dystopia (from the Greek δυσ- and τόπος, alternatively, cacotopia[1], kakotopia or anti-utopia) is a fictional society that is the antithesis of utopia. ...

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

After Ryan leaves Eden's (his girlfriend) house, he learns that due to frequently arriving late to work, his boss has decided to fire him, although after hearing his explanation, he decides to give him a two week, fully paid, vacation to recover. On the TV, he learns about the name and location of the first evil: David Crane, a rock star, who is housed in a hotel for a gig later that night. He visits his friend Louis, where he learns where a gun can be purchased. After doing so, he registers himself at the same hotel, and after managing to get himself up to the penthouse, killing two guards in the process, he finds Crane in bed with a woman. His partner hides under the bed and after begging for mercy, Ryan kills him and is teleported to the Dreamweb where he learns the second evil, a general. He returns home, and while checking the news (where he finds the report of Cranes' death), he learns General Sterling is the guest of a talk show in a TV station. A rock star or rockstar is a member of a rock and roll band, or a solo artist in the genre (the term usually impies celebrity status, or stardom). It may also refer to: Films: Rock Star, a 2001 film starring Mark Wahlberg. ... A penthouse apartment or penthouse is a special apartment on the top floor of a building. ... A General is an officer of high military rank. ...


He leaves for the heavily guarded building, and finds a weak spot in the security. He shoots the guard, enters the building and gets access to the rafters of the studio. After replacing a burned-out fuse, he controls a huge box over Sterlings' head, and drops it, thereby crushing the general to death, but also a ratings peak for the channel. Then, Ryan is transported again to the Dreamweb, where he learns the third target is very close to one of his friends, none other than Eden's boss, Sartain. He collects information from Eden's work gear while she is bathing, and leaves for the company headquarters.


As soon as he enters, Ryan destoys a security console to get access to the upper floors, but as soon as he enters, he is greeted by two guards and a fleeing Sartain. He kills both guards with the help of a gem obtained in the Dreamweb, and while reading the contents of a briefcase grasped by the charred remains of an arm belonging to one of the guards, Ryan learns the identity of the remaining four members. Then, he chases Sartain to the rooftop where he tries to flee using a hover car, but Ryan opens fire on the vehicle, destroying it. Ryan enters the Dreamweb, and upon returning to the real world, he arrives at Julliet Chappels' destroyed house, another of the evils. Believing she died, Ryan picks up a half-burnt cartridge and returns home, where from reading its contents discovers the location of the church.


However as he can't get inside the church, he visits Diane Underwood, who is in a heavily guarded beach house. Upon inspecting the nearbies of the house, Ryan finds the control box of the security system, and drops a bottle of water, resulting in the explosion of the turret which releases heavy bolts of energy inside the house. Entering by the huge hole in the wall, Ryan finds Underwood chopped in half, but still alive. After learning more about the "Project 7", Ryan executes the suffering woman, where he arrives at the Dreamweb, where he learns the remaining two are growing more powerful with the death of the members.


Arriving at the church and making his way until the secret underground passages, he finds the deceased, deformed body of Father O' Rourke, which leaves only living member: Dr. Beckett. Ryan finds his whereabouts in the subway, linked to the church' undergrounds. As Beckett chases to kill Ryan, he is run over by a carriage. Ryan returns to the Dreamweb, where he is thanked by the Master monk, but also learns his fate. He returns for the real world for the last time, where he is shot by the police for his numerous crimes. In the last images, his soul is entering the Dreamweb.

note that some of the actions can be completed in a different sequence

Quotes

In Louis apartment:

  • Ryan: Look, I'm in deep trouble and there are some things I need and I think you can get them for me.
  • Louis: Sure, what are you looking for, drugs?
  • Ryan: Not today... I need a gun and I don't know anyone who has one.

Trivia

The game opening credits scene is a copycat of Ridley Scott's Blade Runner. In addition of a similar looking typeface, credits are displayed in white on black, with a loud metallic noise followed by a fade out and finally the game title appears in red on black. Much of the look and feel of the game is reminiscent of Blade Runner. Blade Runner is an influential 1982 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott from a screenplay written by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples, adapted from the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. ... Blade Runner is an influential 1982 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott from a screenplay written by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples, adapted from the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. ...


The game portrays extreme violence with little prejudice, including violence against women. It is among the most violent computer games produced in an era before game publishers and developers imposed game ratings to provide parental guidance.


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He has been chosen by the protectors of The Dreamweb, responsible for the balance between good and evil, just as evil is gaining the upper hand and threatening to turn the world into a barren wasteland.
Dreamweb gained infamy in the gaming world for its stark depiction of a sexual act during the encounter with the first of the seven possessed humans.
Complaints aside, Dreamweb is a title that has become infamous for one particular scene rather than the deeply provocative storyline that runs throughout.
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