Dear Esther (Windows)

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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 scene on the motorway, but underwater
Dear Esther Windows Walking down the path close to the beach.
Dear Esther Windows Walking back up the stairs along the cliff.
Dear Esther Windows Looking down inside a giant shaft

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Critic Reviews Feb 15, 2012 90 out of 100 90 Feb 20, 2012 9 out of 10 90
PC Gamer Feb 13, 2012 84 out of 100 84
Game Informer Magazine Feb 13, 2012 8 out of 10 80
The Escapist Feb 25, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameTrailers Feb 24, 2012 7.5 out of 10 75
Mana Pool Aug 08, 2012 7.4 out of 10 74 Feb 22, 2012 14 out of 20 70
DarkZero Feb 25, 2012 6 out of 10 60
Destructoid Feb 13, 2012 4.5 out of 10 45


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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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Sciere (344576) added Dear Esther (Windows) on Feb 19, 2012
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (148687) and Iggi (7043)