Dream (and dream like) sequences in video games have been used as a powerful storytelling tool for decades. They allow developers to create surreal and otherworldly environments, while also providing a platform to explore deeper themes and emotions. When done correctly dream sequences in video games help immerse us deeper into the serial experience of playing through the lives of our on screen protagonist. Here is a list of some of the best dream sequences ever done.
"Silent Hill 2" (2001) - The entire game can be seen as a dream sequence as the protagonist, James Sunderland, is in search for his deceased wife, Mary. The game's foggy and decrepit town of Silent Hill, along with its nightmarish monsters and unsettling atmosphere, create one of the most memorable dream sequences in video game history.
"Bioshock Infinite" (2013) - The game features a series of dream-like sequences where the protagonist, Booker Dewitt, relives the memories of a previous life as Comstock, the leader of the flying city of Columbia. These sequences provide insight into the game's complex narrative and themes of identity and redemption.
"The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask" (2000) - In this game, the protagonist, Link, is trapped in a time loop where he must relive the same three days over and over again to prevent the moon from crashing into the land of Termina. The game's eerie and surreal atmosphere, along with its time-bending gameplay, make for a truly unforgettable dream sequence.
"The Last of Us" (2013) - The game features a series of dream-like sequences where the protagonist, Joel, relives memories of his daughter, Sarah, who died during the outbreak of the cordyceps fungus. These sequences provide insight into Joel's emotional state and add depth to the game's already powerful narrative.
"Final Fantasy VI" (1994) - The game features a dream sequence where the protagonist, Terra, is transported to a strange and surreal world where she is confronted with her true identity and her role in the game's story. This sequence is not only visually stunning, but it also provides a profound emotional depth to the game's narrative.
"Red Dead Redemption 2" (2018) - This game has a memorable dream sequence where the player's character, Arthur Morgan, is haunted by his past actions, the sequence is a beautifully rendered, this dream sequence is a powerful and evocative commentary on the game's themes of redemption and morality.
"Shadow of the Colossus" (2005) - The game features a dream-like sequence where the protagonist, Wander, is transported to a strange and surreal world where he must defeat a series of giant creatures. The game's beautiful and otherworldly environments, along with its intense and emotional boss battles, make for one of the most memorable dream sequences in video game history.
"Half-Life 2" (2004) - The game features a dream-like sequence where the protagonist, Gordon Freeman, is transported to a strange and surreal world where he is confronted with his own fears and insecurities. This sequence is not only visually stunning, but it also provides a profound emotional depth to the game's narrative.
Dream sequences in video games are a powerful storytelling tool that allows developers to create truly memorable and emotionally impactful experiences. While there are many games that have attempted to use dream sequences in video games, these were some of the best. Do you agree with my list or am I crazy for not including ___. Let me know below!