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Dear Esther

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Dear Esther is the commercial remake of a Half-Life 2 modification of the same name first released in 2007. This version was redesigned entirely for the Source engine. The game is set on a remote, desolate island somewhere in the outer Hebrides. It is entirely story-driven and has no action sequences. It is possible to swim in certain section, but the player's character is immediately called back when he dies. The player walks the protagonist around, exploring the island, while a narrator gradually releases information about the meaning, hinting at a motorway accident. While he moves towards an aerial through four chapters with a linear design, the significance of the accident and the link to the island become apparent. Through its slow pace and the classical-driven music, the focus is more on the ambiance and the experience, than on actual gameplay, even though there are hardly any scripted parts.


Dear Esther Windows The end of the caves
Dear Esther Windows The cave's lighting is mesmerizing.
Dear Esther Windows Exploring the house. The island has chemical symbols all over the place.
Dear Esther Windows More glowing markings inside a cave

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GameZebo Windows Feb 17, 2012 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
GameOver (Greece) Windows Feb 13, 2012 10 out of 10 100
Atomic Gamer Windows Feb 18, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Edge Windows Feb 13, 2012 8 out of 10 80
New Game Network Windows Mar 02, 2012 80 out of 100 80 Windows Feb 20, 2012 8 out of 10 80
GameTrailers Windows Feb 24, 2012 7.5 out of 10 75
MMGN Windows Feb 28, 2012 6.5 out of 10 65
DarkZero Windows Feb 25, 2012 6 out of 10 60
Adventure Classic Gaming Windows May 24, 2012 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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  • GameStar (Germany) / GamePro (Germany)
    • 2012 - #5 Best Indie Game / Mod of the Year (Readers' Vote)

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