Dear Esther (Windows)

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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.

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Dear Esther Windows A waterfall crashing down
Dear Esther Windows Some burning candles have been left behind.
Dear Esther Windows Walking back up the stairs along the cliff.
Dear Esther Windows Exploring what the inhabitants left behind.

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Critic Reviews

Everyeye.it Feb 16, 2012 9 out of 10 90
Multiplayer.it Feb 20, 2012 9 out of 10 90
HonestGamers Feb 14, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Gameplay (Benelux) Mar 31, 2012 80 out of 100 80
Atomic Gamer Feb 18, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Edge Feb 13, 2012 8 out of 10 80
The Telegraph Mar 05, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) Feb 14, 2012 8 out of 10 80
DarkZero Feb 25, 2012 6 out of 10 60
Hooked Gamers 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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Sciere (294767) added Dear Esther (Windows) on Feb 19, 2012
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (133109) and Iggi (5840)