Dreams are lacking in advance laurels (buy now for € 7.99) not with the best of intentions, after all, the latest work by the Little Big Planet creators Media Molecule has already received some well-known awards. Even before the release, which is due to take place on the Playstation on February 14, 2020, the title won not only the price of the most creative, but also that of the best game gamescom 2019, Unfortunately, a question still arises a few weeks before publication: What exactly is Dreams? And who is it aimed at?

The first question in particular may sound a little stupid – especially since we already have dreams during various E3– and watch gamescom appearances and then try it out later with the help of the Creator Early Access. The definition of the console exclusive, about the possible PC porting is already speculating diligently but is still difficult. We would most likely use the term sandbox kit, but even that doesn't really do justice to Dreams.

Ultimate do-it-yourself approach







Developer Media Molecule gives you various asset packages that are already full of standard objects such as trees, walls or tufts of grass.



Developer Media Molecule gives you various asset packages that are already full of standard objects such as trees, walls or tufts of grass.

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With the game it is possible to let your imagination run wild. It is practically an almost limitless playground for creative minds, on which they can program their own games, model sculptures, compose music or simply paint pictures. The developers provide the tools and materials required for this. For example, there are various asset packages available, consisting of different figures or props, which you can then prove with numerous effects. For example, you can adjust the exposure, animate individual parts of your level and finally even add individual soundtracks or voice samples recorded with a microphone using a built-in tool. Or else, you can simply start from scratch and create something yourself out of colors and shapes.

The combination of these elements offers endless possibilities, which various "dreamers" have already proven. Since created creations can be shared with the public via the Internet, there are already a number of splendid examples of what can be done with Dreams: in addition to various copies of already known concepts, for example of the Silent Hills teaser P.T., there are also completely new creations like a fully functional first person shooter, an animated version of van Gogh's Starry Night or an audiovisual tribute to Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.






Are you still looking through? Especially when composing your own in-game soundtracks, the extensive menus can get pretty confusing.



Are you still looking through? Especially when composing your own in-game soundtracks, the extensive menus can get pretty confusing.

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Every beginning is difficult

All of these works of art are impressive, without question. For Otto normal consumers, however, they are a long way off at the beginning. Because if you want to conjure up a reasonably decent end product with Dreams, you have to take a lot of time and patience to get to know and master the numerous functions of the modular system. Thankfully, developer Media Molecule provides you with a lot of video tutorials in which you are introduced step by step to the most important features. In the long run, however, they are quite lengthy and deter a little because of their complexity.







The kindergarten principle prevails in the video tutorials: you are played an action and then have to do it.



The kindergarten principle prevails in the video tutorials: you are played an action and then have to do it.

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And even if you have understood the basics of Dreams at some point, there are still some hurdles to be overcome. The menus are incredibly extensive, for example, so you can get lost in the mass of options. The control is also quite imprecise. With the dual-shock controller, or alternatively with the move controller, you not only have to move objects, but also operate the camera at the same time. It can happen that you put an object completely wrong – simply because the perspective wasn't right. In our hours of trying it out, we didn't get any more than a figure walking along a path and jumping over an animated platform.

Look and be amazed

If you have as little artistic talent as the author of these lines, Dreams can still be worth a look for you. After all, the title is not just a workshop, but also a gallery. With the help of the dream surfing function, you can admire and try out the creations of other players. There are now over 100,000 of them that you can filter using tags or a search function. Through regular community jams with different topics, new submissions are constantly being added. Recently, the new "Impys" ingame award ceremony was even launched. In addition to well-known categories such as "Creator of the Year" or "Dream of the Year", there are also awards with a humorous touch, such as "The pity that did not occur to me".







In story mode "Arts dream" you play among others the animal trio Frances, Foxy and Lancewing.



In the story mode "Arts Dream" you play among others the animal trio Frances, Foxy and Lancewing.

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With Arts Traum, there will also be a story mode of its own for the release on Valentine's Day. It offers you three interwoven storylines that deal with the topics of love, friendship and loss. Not only do you experience different styles (sometimes the story is staged in a noire, sci-fi or horror style), but you also go through a wide variety of genres such as platformer or puzzler. But the most impressive thing is that the whole adventure was built only with the tools that will also be given to the players later – i.e. Dualshock and PS4. The story, which according to official statements will be about the length of a movie, should show what is possible with Dreams and stimulate the creativity of the players. Finally, if you count that future planned features such as VR support, Online multiplayer as well as a spectator mode, Dreams sounds like a really promising title that actually can't appear fast enough.

My opinion

"A unique, ambitious concept with a certain entry hurdle"

Dreams blurs the boundaries between game, film and music and thus plays in its very own category. It is a genre with several genres. That alone makes the title extraordinary. The enormous focus on the creativity and initiative of the player also poses quite a risk: It can of course be that Dreams is established as a creative platform on which artists and programmers can share their works with the public. But it can also happen that it remains on the margins of the game scene due to its peculiarity and its claim. Which of these scenarios will come true will only become apparent after the release, when the full version is freely available to everyone. I would definitely wish the makers of Media Molecule success – if only for their courage and innovation.

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