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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 Find a way to reach the entrance to the cave
Dear Esther Windows Walking back up the stairs along the cliff.
Dear Esther Windows More glowing markings inside a cave
Dear Esther Windows A strange scene on the motorway, but underwater

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Critic Reviews

Everyeye.it Feb 16, 2012 9 out of 10 90
Edge Feb 13, 2012 8 out of 10 80
GameSpy Feb 16, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gameblog.fr Feb 23, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Eurogamer.it Feb 23, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Digital Spy Feb 15, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Jeuxvideo.com Feb 22, 2012 14 out of 20 70
MMGN Feb 28, 2012 6.5 out of 10 65
DarkZero Feb 25, 2012 6 out of 10 60
Adventure Classic Gaming May 24, 2012 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 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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Sciere (357925) added Dear Esther (Windows) on Feb 19, 2012
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (153606) and Iggi (7401)