Posted: 17 months ago, last updated 4 weeks ago.
Dreams comes with a game made by the developer along with the thousands of unique experiences shared by the community of players. Browsing these creations uncovers a treasure trove of things to play, listen to or watch. Players can rate and recommend them to friends or take inspiration for their own designs.
What’s really clever about it is how simple it is to use, how quickly you can create something, and how you could spend a lifetime learning and developing your creative skills with it. Using just the PlayStation 4 controller you can create games as simple as noughts and crosses or as complex as the latest adventure game. PSVR is supported as well, letting you literally step into the worlds you shape. You can then share your creations with other Dreams users. More than that, though, you can also share elements or pull in things other people have shared to be part of your game.
For families with children interested in understanding what it takes to create a game Dreams is perfect. Not only does it open the door on video game development, but shows how diverse a set of skills are required to make an amazing game.
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. 1-4 players can collaborate to create and play in Dreams. Unlike game creator platform Roblox, you can't currently create online game experiences in Dreams.
This game has received a PEGI 12 because it features realistic violence of a minor nature towards human characters and use of offensive language. The examiners report expands this rating with the following: The dialogue in the game Art's Dream contains the infrequent use of ‘*!@?*, and ‘*!@?*’ and realistic violence of a minor nature, that does not result in any obvious harm or injury. The game features online playing capability which may involve real-time interaction with other players and access to user-generated content.
The best way to play Dreams, therefore, is in shared family spaces if children are younger. You can explore the communities creations together. Find a creator you like and see what they have made — a bit like subscribing to your favourite YouTube creator.
You can turn off the User Generated Content side of Dreams by specifying the Restricted setting in the PlayStation Family Settings for your child’s user account.
This game has been rated ESRB TEEN.
Skill Rating: This game is enjoyed by 14+ year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity. To really get the most from this game you need to have the skill to process a lot of information and plan creations on a number of levels. Younger players will enjoy messing around with the tools, but to really start creating you need to be older.
There are lots of ways to personalize how the cursor and camera move. You can turn down vibration strength to whatever intensity is best for you using a slider.
You can now adjust how much screen shake and motion blur you will see when navigating the Dreamiverse. This should help to reduce visual “noise” if too much is uncomfortable for you. You can also turn off UI effects such as animation and chromatic aberration.
When you are creating in Dreams you can change the size of the palette UI which can help with visibility as well as having a larger area to select so less precision is needed.
Our Dreams Accessibility Report details 25 accessibility features:
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