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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.

Screenshots

Dear Esther Windows Main menu (Dutch version)
Dear Esther Windows Walking back up the stairs along the cliff.
Dear Esther Windows Another ship left abandoned with its cargo
Dear Esther Windows Further following a path

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The Press Says

GameZebo Feb 17, 2012 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Strategy Informer Feb, 2012 9 out of 10 90
Bit-Tech Feb 14, 2012 90 out of 100 90
PC Gamer Feb 13, 2012 84 out of 100 84
GameSpot Feb 13, 2012 8 out of 10 80
3D Juegos Feb 17, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Meristation Feb 24, 2012 8 out of 10 80
GameTrailers Feb 24, 2012 7.5 out of 10 75
Jeuxvideo.com Feb 22, 2012 14 out of 20 70
MMGN Feb 28, 2012 6.5 out of 10 65

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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 (251874) added Dear Esther (Windows) on Feb 19, 2012
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (122056) and Iggi (4509)