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Description

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.

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Dear Esther Macintosh Rusted boats from long past beached below with the beacon in the distance
Dear Esther Windows A small cottage appears in the distance
Dear Esther Windows An abandoned boat you cannot reach
Dear Esther Windows Water flows down over these rocks.

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Critic Reviews

Game Watcher Windows Feb, 2012 9 out of 10 90
Everyeye.it Windows Feb 16, 2012 9 out of 10 90
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Mar 31, 2012 80 out of 100 80
The Escapist Windows Feb 25, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameSpy Windows Feb 16, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameSpot Windows Feb 13, 2012 8 out of 10 80
The Telegraph Windows Mar 05, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Edge Windows Feb 13, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Hooked Gamers Windows Feb 20, 2012 5 out of 10 50
Destructoid Windows Feb 13, 2012 4.5 out of 10 45

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Awards

  • 4Players
    • 2012 – Best Story of the Year
  • GameStar (Germany) / GamePro (Germany)
    • 2012 - #5 Best Indie Game / Mod of the Year (Readers' Vote)

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