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Drea-ea-ea-ea-eams, Dreams, Dreams, Dreams
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When I want you, and all your charms – you get the point
Media Molecule’s Dreams is looking more and more impressive as time goes on. It’s been in development forever, starting off as this seemingly unknowable, abstract thing. Only recently, with the launch of the closed beta, has it revealed its true nature: it’s a powerful, accessible game engine. It’s LittleBigPlanet on growth hormone.
Where Media Molecule’s cutesy platformer was restricted by its visual style, Dreams seemingly offers endless possibilities, allowing people to make games and movies in any genre with its tools, using both realistic and stylised visual designs. Ever since the embargo lifted on the closed beta, we’ve been impressed by the quality of stuff being made with its tools. With that in mind, here are some of the best:
Not only is Dreams a gateway drug to game design, it’s also a place where 3D sculpture artists will be born. Take this picture of some perfectly fried and rendered eggs, created by closed beta participant DirtyHarolds – it’s just one example of how the tools can be used to add impressive, granular details to your creations. No doubt there will be people who just pump out assets like this to upload, ready to be used by the rest of the community.
Rainy first-person shooter
This one is only a proof of concept and doesn’t show any gameplay, but it shows the incredible level of detail someone can put into a first-person setting with a realistic style in Dreams. In it, a hitman walks down a rainy American street as water pools by the edge of the road. You can hear a dog barking in a nearby garden, light reflects off his pistol, and the wind rustles through the trees. It apparently took a week to create, and I can’t wait to see what someone can do with months.
Dead Space scene
— Quinn Barnett (@RhodoTweet) January 29, 2019
It looks like Sony will be taking copies like this down, but this short clip shows how versatile the Dreams tools are, allowing someone to recreate the opening scene from Dead Space. It also hints at the potential Dreams offers for original horror games created within it. Maybe don’t make the enemies a banana, though. There’s another scene from Dead Space in Dreams at that link there.
PT recreated in Dreams pic.twitter.com/VdwlXY21rp
— Sergeant Bike (@sergeantbike) January 20, 2019
In another awesome instance of copyright infringement, someone recreated Konami’s playable teaser for Silent Hills, PT. All the assets are present and correct, it just looks like it took a slight graphical hit. With collaborations within Dreams, no doubt multiple creators could come together to add the finishing touches to this impressive creation. But like I said before, I’m more excited at the prospect of some original horror created with the tools.
It’s not all realistic-looking first-person games, of course. Divide shows that Dreams is also capable of creating arcade hits. In this, you collect items and avoid obstacles as a line that can divide with the touch of a button. It features high score tables and even has an achievements system in the works.
This one gives us a glimpse of what a more stylised aesthetic looks like in Dreams. It’s a proof of concept for a Lovecraftian horror, basked in a red filter and with unknowable tendrils snaking across the sky.
This one’s a charming platformer that asks players to speedrun through its levels. It shows off some of the physics Dreams is capable of, as well as the fact creators can implement power-ups such as speed boosts. It looks a lot of fun.
Robots, bugs, short films, art showcases, and more
Media Molecule did a stream recently that showcases some of the coolest creations made in Dreams so far. If this doesn’t sell you on the game, I don’t know what will. There’s fighting games, 3D adventures, first-person exploration games, platformers, mech combat games, sculpts, animation rigs, and loads more. Honestly, just watch it. Watch it all.
The Dreams closed beta ended today and the game is due out, exclusive to PlayStation, at some point this year. You can check out our hands-on with Dreams here.
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