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 Walking back up the stairs along the cliff.
Dear Esther Windows Some burning candles have been left behind.
Dear Esther Windows Further following a path
Dear Esther Windows "Dear Esther" are the first words spoken.

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Critic Reviews

4Players.de Feb 15, 2012 90 out of 100 90
Bit-Tech Feb 14, 2012 90 out of 100 90
GameSpot Feb 13, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Atomic Gamer Feb 18, 2012 8 out of 10 80
The Telegraph Mar 05, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
IGN Feb 13, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Game Informer Magazine Feb 13, 2012 8 out of 10 80
GameTrailers Feb 24, 2012 7.5 out of 10 75
MMGN Feb 28, 2012 6.5 out of 10 65
DarkZero Feb 25, 2012 6 out of 10 60

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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 (309991) added Dear Esther (Windows) on Feb 19, 2012
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (137086) and Iggi (6065)