From the Video Game Vaults: The Longest Journey and Dreamfall

I have probably mentioned in passing the genius that is Ragnor Tornquist in referring to the upcoming MMORPG The Secret World. However, for me, my obsession with the man began with “The Longest Journey” and its sequel “Dreamfall.”

Originally released in 2000, “The Longest Journey” is an amazing graphical adventure, even by today’s standards. In the game, you control April Ryan on her journey between parallel universes. The game allows you to explore both universes, as well as solve puzzles, meet new people, face terrifying monsters and live the adventure of a lifetime. To say this game was ahead of its time is selling it short. This game was ground-breaking and yet I have not met a lot of people who have actually played it.

“The Longest Journey” gameplay is traditional point-and-click, like the classic Sierra games (if you’re too young to remember Sierra, I pity you). Because of Tornquist’s involvement, you have a story with characters that you get attached to rather quickly. It’s immersive and fun and one of the best adventure games to ever have been made.

Tornquist followed “The Longest Journey” with “Dreamfall,” an equally imaginative adventure. This game takes place 10 years after the end of “The Longest Journey.” The story focuses on three characters, Zoe Castillo, April Ryan, and Kian Alvane, who live in two parallel worlds: technologically advanced Stark and magical Arcadia. The main storyline follows Zoe, a Stark resident who investigates her ex-boyfriend’s disappearance and other mysterious occurrences that lead her to April. Meanwhile in Arcadia, April battles the villainous Empire of Azadi while Kian, an elite Azadi soldier, is sent to assassinate her. Throughout the course of the game, you play all three characters.

This game also features dialogue forcing you to make some touch choices, the pre-cursor to the sorts of games we’re seeing now from Bioware. The story is also sharp, maybe even more so than the first game, and the graphics are equally as amazing.  And all of this from a game made in 2006!

If you haven’t played either of these games, though, you’re in luck. You can get  both on Steam for just $24.99.

So why am I bringing this up? Well, recently, Ragnor Tornquist was quoted as saying that a long-awaited sequel was “absolutely possible.” This is great news as it was previously believed that the series would never see another title. Tornquist has said this before, but with The Secret World hitting shelves within the next year or so, he should have some free time to devote to it. I certainly hope so!

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