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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.

Screenshots

Dear Esther Macintosh Many sub terrain caves with stalactites
Dear Esther Windows Exploring the house. The island has chemical symbols all over the place.
Dear Esther Windows Further following a path
Dear Esther Windows Another desolate view, lighted by the full moon.

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Critic Reviews

Gaming Nexus Windows Mar 09, 2012 A+ 100
GameZebo Windows Feb 17, 2012 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
IGN Windows Feb 13, 2012 8 out of 10 80
3D Juegos Windows Feb 17, 2012 8 out of 10 80
The Escapist Windows Feb 25, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Digital Spy Windows Feb 15, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameTrailers Windows Feb 24, 2012 7.5 out of 10 75
Jeuxvideo.com Macintosh May 16, 2012 14 out of 20 70
GamingUnion.net Windows Feb 20, 2012 7 out of 10 70
Hooked Gamers Windows Feb 20, 2012 5 out of 10 50

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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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