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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 More glowing markings inside a cave
Dear Esther Windows Further in the cave, the first messages appear, hinting at Damascus.
Dear Esther Windows Another message in a small cabin
Dear Esther Windows Exploring what the inhabitants left behind.

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Gaming Nexus Mar 09, 2012 A+ 100
videogamer.com Feb 13, 2012 9 out of 10 90
PC Gamer Feb 13, 2012 84 out of 100 84
HonestGamers Feb 14, 2012 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot Feb 13, 2012 8 out of 10 80
GameSpy Feb 16, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Meristation Feb 24, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Jeuxvideo.com Feb 22, 2012 14 out of 20 70
Darkstation Mar 09, 2012 4 out of 10 40
Adventure Classic Gaming May 24, 2012 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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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 (330117) added Dear Esther (Windows) on Feb 19, 2012
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (143888) and Iggi (6601)