DescriptionDear 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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The Press Says
|Strategy Informer||Windows||Feb, 2012||9 out of 10||90|
|Eurogamer.it||Windows||Feb 23, 2012||8 out of 10||80|
|New Game Network||Windows||Mar 02, 2012||80 out of 100||80|
|The Escapist||Windows||Feb 25, 2012||80|
|Digital Spy||Windows||Feb 15, 2012||80|
|Eurogamer.be||Windows||Feb 20, 2012||8 out of 10||80|
|Jeuxvideo.com||Macintosh||May 16, 2012||14 out of 20||70|
|GamingUnion.net||Windows||Feb 20, 2012||7 out of 10||70|
|DarkZero||Windows||Feb 25, 2012||6 out of 10||60|
|Darkstation||Windows||Mar 09, 2012||4 out of 10||40|
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- 2012 – Best Story of the Year
- GameStar (Germany) / GamePro (Germany)
- 2012 - #5 Best Indie Game / Mod of the Year (Readers' Vote)
Related Web Sites
- dear-esther.com (official game website)