Video Game: D 4

Dark Dreams Don't Die (or D4 for short) is an episodic adventure game created by Access Games for the Xbox One, and later for PC. It's a spiritual sequel to SWERY's Deadly Premonition, and shares some plot elements with it.

The game stars David Young, a former Boston police officer turned private detective investigating the murder of his wife, "Little" Peggy. The trauma of the incident, as well as the bullet lodged in his skull, has left David with no memories of the day save Peggy's last words: "Look for D". He soon discovers that Peggy's murder has also given him a mysterious power: the ability to travel through time. He is aided by his former partner Forrest Kaysen and the mysterious Amanda, a woman that acts like a cat. David hopes to travel back in time to find D, prevent Peggy's death, and change the past.

It's about as weird as it sounds.

This game provides examples of:

  • Action Commands: During the stunt scenes. Actually very well done and made fun using the Kinect. It helps that you can sit down and still do them accurately.
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: Some extra cases and other tasks award you with clothes upon completion.
  • Arc Words: "Look for D."
  • Big Eater: To call Forrest Kaysen this is an understatement. The man can stack four pieces of pizza on top of each other and shove them into his face with little to no effort, in between gulping down gigantic bowlfuls of clam chowder. He can even swallow a whole roasted fish and pull out the bones in one smooth motion.
  • Bland-Name Product: Packages in D4's universe are shipped by Desert.
  • Cat Girl: Amanda acts the part. She sounds and moves just like a cat.
  • Cliff Hanger: The final scene of Episode 2 of D4 is Philip Cheney, having somehow transformed into the electricity-manipulating superhuman killer DELTA, lunging at David with a cry of "Now, Mr. Young, how can I help you...DIE?!" seconds before "To Be ContinueD" appears.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Everyone in the game is just a little... off.
  • Downloadable Content: Numerous collaborative tops based on other games for David to wear, along with some more facial hair options and outfits for other characters, all for free.
  • Fantastic Drug: "Real Blood", which is stated to act as a super-steroid of sorts. Philip Cheney is a habitual user who ingests it via an inhaler.
  • Foreshadowing: Deborah's analysis of Derek Buchanan.
    Deborah: Either he's working to run away from something or work itself is his reason for living.
  • Hyperactive Metabolism: David can scarf down hamburgers, baked beans, canned seafood, and numerous other food and drink items in quick succession and not suffer any ill effects.
  • Ice-Cream Koan:
    Deborah: It's like Doctor Johnson says: "Fall from an airplane and you die."
  • Mythology Gag: David Young was the name of the protagonist of Deadly Premonition while it was still in development, before it was changed to Francis York Morgan.
  • Pop Quiz: These make up some of the Extra Cases. The ones in episodes 1 and 2 deal with the subject of flight and the people and events surrounding them.
  • Red Herring: Three passengers of the plane conveniently have a name that starts with a D: Deborah Anderson, Derek Buchanan, and Duncan. Phillip Cheney is later revealed to be a DEA agent under the codename DELTA. David's lack of knowledge prevents him from figuring out Cheney was D all along.
    • It's also implied that "Look for D" might really be "Look 4D". IE, time.
  • Signature Style: Forrest Kaysen appears yet again in one of SWERY's works.
  • Sherlock Scan: Everything you can examine shows several detailed observations from David, even if it's something he first saw just a few seconds ago.
  • Shout-Out: Given Swery's previous game, references to Twin Peaks are to be expected.
    • The first shot of the intro is of an owl which does not seem to have anything to do with the actual plot.
    • Both David Young and Dale Cooper have encounters with a mysterious abnormally tall person only they can see who gives them cryptic advice.
    • A man who has suffered total memory loss attempts to track down his wife's killer with the only lead being the initial of the killer's name. Is this a summary of this game or a plot synopsis from the 2000 mytery thriller Memento?
  • The Stinger: The post-credits scene has Forrest meeting with Peggy's adoptive father, who has a really altered voice.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Philip Cheney is not only secretly a DEA agent, he's also a massively muscled superhuman murderer named DELTA, and he uses the drug "Real Blood" to suppress his killing urges and maintain his disguise (and somewhat normal figure) as a flight attendant.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Olivia constantly refuses to admit she needs help, and she definitely doesn't need you to find something random on the plane.
  • Tuckerization: Cafe SWERY 65 appears as a possible dialogue option, and the flight David dives into is Access Flights.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Neither David or Kaysen find it all that odd that Amanda literally acts like a cat and is always dressed like a Las Vegas cocktail waitress.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: You can push other people. It's even encouraged, as you gain credits for doing so.
  • Virtual Paper Doll: You can dress up multiple characters in different outfits or give David different kinds of facial hair, inluding a Hitler mustache.
  • What the Hell, Player?: Most people will tell you off if you push them.