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 Walking down the path close to the beach.
Dear Esther Windows Some burning candles have been left behind.
Dear Esther Macintosh A spectacular moonlight view at the path and shore below from high atop the tower
Dear Esther Windows Exploring the house. The island has chemical symbols all over the place.

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Critic Reviews Windows Feb 13, 2012 9 out of 10 90
Digital Spy Windows Feb 15, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
New Game Network Windows Mar 02, 2012 80 out of 100 80
GameSpot Windows Feb 13, 2012 8 out of 10 80
The Escapist Windows Feb 25, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 Windows Feb 20, 2012 8 out of 10 80 Macintosh May 16, 2012 14 out of 20 70 Windows Feb 20, 2012 7 out of 10 70
Hooked Gamers Windows Feb 20, 2012 5 out of 10 50
Darkstation Windows Mar 09, 2012 4 out of 10 40


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  • 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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