This is my first proper review of a game. I chose this game on purpose because there is a lot to be said. This game is one of the closest thing to a masterpiece in the form of a videogame. I won't beat around the bush and just get the cons (or should I say con, since there is only one) out of the way.
When I played the first couple of minutes the voice acting of Howard Phillips seemed a bit souless and without character which deeply annoyed me to the extent that I just muted him and read the subtitles instead, I would have expected a person such as Howard to have a bit more emotion in his voice. Again this is a personal opinion and I don't expect a lot of people to agree.
Where the game really gets my "Yes" or "Thumbs Up" score is the beautiful dreams captured so vividly. Everything in the 'Dreams' just bursts with this combination of saturation and contrasts. Many of the dreams that are in this game bare a striking ressembelence to dreams I have as a 15 year old and some levels just feel familiar. The psychology behind each dream is quite accurate, due to the stressful things occuring in Howards life it's very obviously represented in the dream.
The nightmares are also well designed, it's very dark and surreal. You're never sure of why they're so random because it's so... realistic, but then you remember that it is a nightmare. It's not really a "jumpscare in your face" as much as it is a pure psychological horror and tends to rely on just feeding your brain terror. It drives shivers through your body and the nightmares just get more and more terrifying.
Another aspect I really enjoyed in this game is the puzzles. You could spend either minutes, hours, or a whole day on a puzzle. If you really enjoy brain teasers and headache inducers then seriously this game is hands down the best game for you.
The soundtrack is another great aspect of the game. When the dreams are calm and pleasent then you'll hear the new age music or ambient noises. When the dreams are confusing and weird you'll hear robotic/techno type music. When you are in a nightmare you'll hear a piano melody that is slightly out of key. Every song works really well with the level/dream.
So lets summeries
-Brilliant level/dream design
-Solid psychology and philosophies behind the dreams
-Voice acting needs some work
All in all the pros outweighs the cons so I have decided this game certainly gets a well deserved 9/10