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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 A strange drawing in the sand
Dear Esther Windows Looking down inside a giant shaft
Dear Esther Windows More glowing markings inside a cave
Dear Esther Windows Slowly dredging through the foliage

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Strategy Informer Windows Feb, 2012 9 out of 10 90
Bit-Tech Windows Feb 14, 2012 90 out of 100 90
IGN Windows Feb 13, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Eurogamer.it Windows Feb 23, 2012 8 out of 10 80
3D Juegos Windows Feb 17, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Game Informer Magazine Windows Feb 13, 2012 8 out of 10 80
New Game Network Windows Mar 02, 2012 80 out of 100 80
Meristation Windows Feb 24, 2012 8 out of 10 80
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Mar 31, 2012 80 out of 100 80
GamingUnion.net Windows Feb 20, 2012 7 out of 10 70


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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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