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Dreambreak (Xbox)

Developed by Beatshapers and Aist, Dreambreak is available on PS4 (NA 12th September, EU 13th September) for $9.99 and Xbox (15th September) also for $9.99 (£7.99) but if you pre-order, you'll get a 20% discount (£6.39)!

Dreambreak is a point and click style adventure which was initially released on PC and is now making its way onto consoles. Set in a cyberpunk, propaganda fuelled, dystopian U.S.S.R in 2013, you go by the name of Eugene and you are a janitor... or are you? Somehow you've been caught up in a bizarre whirlwind of trouble and you're on a mission to find out what's going on by getting hold of someone known as... GenSec.

The background music and sound effects have been really well done; from the thudding of the footsteps as you walk to bullets firing and pulsing shields. You really can't get the full appreciation of all of this just with the sounds coming through the TV so I highly recommend donning your headset for this game! Dreambreak has an original soundtrack which I must admit, I'm a huge fan of, especially the track that plays during the arcade game, I think I could listen to that all day!

Visually Dreambreak is beautifully simplistic in its pixel art form, reminiscent of the older generation of games. It plays really well, character animation is smooth, loading screens between scenes are short and although it looks like an older style of game, it certainly doesn't play like one as I haven't noticed any screen tearing or suffered from the game crashing!

Dreambreak isn't a fast-paced game at all, in fact, it starts off slow just for you to get used to the controls which are incredibly easy to pick up (if you're stuck there's even a helpful menu, which will remind you of the controls). 
Essentially, you move around and interact with anything that is orange. Don't get me wrong, there are times when you will need to move a little quicker (or you'll get killed) but in general, you can take your time. Don't worry if you do end up with a bullet lodged in your skull as you simply restart the scene (which I was very grateful for)! 

I'll be honest, there were times, usually when I needed to have my wits about me, where I thought that the controls felt a little clunky but that could be representative of the style of game that it is, they were still responsive, just a little sluggish which did grow to be frustrating in the latter stages of the game. There is a slight feeling that the controls are much better suited to a PC's setup but nonetheless, they work just fine on console.

The areas you traverse through are well designed, the mini games are enjoyable and add a little variety into the game. There are three potential endings to Dreambreak (each with an achievement) but thankfully you're not required to play through the entire game in order to unlock each of them. I don't think there is much replay value to be had if you're taking your time to process the story the first time through.

Overall, I've loved playing through Dreambreak. It has an intriguing story, easy controls, wonderful sounds... If anything, I just wish it could have been a bit longer for the price, perhaps with a few more arcade games thrown in! If I had to give it a score, it would be 7/10 so I definitely recommend playing it!

Dreambreak has 11 achievements available for a total of 1,000 Gamerscore and will likely be a fairly easy completion. There are some creative ones some collectible and then mostly story related achievements, all of which you should be able to unlock through natural gameplay. I think that in a game of this type, there isn't really much need to have a lot of achievements just for the sake of it and as it stands, Dreambreak is a really easy completion. If you need any help or guidance with any of the achievements then head over to True Achievements where you will find plenty of useful information!

A game code was provided for the purpose of this review. Thank you!
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