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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.

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Dear Esther Windows Exploring what the inhabitants left behind.
Dear Esther Windows Candles usually hold small shrines.
Dear Esther Windows Water flows down over these rocks.
Dear Esther Windows Slowly dredging through the foliage

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The Press Says

GameOver (Greece) Feb 13, 2012 10 out of 10 100
4Players.de Feb 15, 2012 90 out of 100 90
Everyeye.it Feb 16, 2012 9 out of 10 90
Meristation Feb 24, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Digital Spy Feb 15, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Atomic Gamer Feb 18, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Mar 01, 2012 76 out of 100 76
Hooked Gamers Feb 20, 2012 5 out of 10 50
Destructoid Feb 13, 2012 4.5 out of 10 45
Darkstation Mar 09, 2012 4 out of 10 40

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Awards

  • GameStar (Germany) / GamePro (Germany)
    • 2012 - #5 Best Indie Game / Mod of the Year (Readers' Vote)

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Sciere (245760) added Dear Esther (Windows) on Feb 19, 2012
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (120985) and Iggi (4349)