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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 Candles along the path with the beacon in the distance
Dear Esther Windows Near the top of the cliff
Dear Esther Macintosh Along the path more writing
Dear Esther Windows Candles usually hold small shrines.

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Dear Esther Screenshot
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Critic Reviews

Multiplayer.it Windows Feb 20, 2012 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot Windows Feb 13, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) Windows Feb 14, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Eurogamer.it Windows Feb 23, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Eurogamer.be Windows Feb 20, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Digital Spy Windows Feb 15, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
The Escapist Windows Feb 25, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
3D Juegos Windows Feb 17, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Mana Pool Windows Aug 08, 2012 7.4 out of 10 74
Darkstation Windows Mar 09, 2012 4 out of 10 40

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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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