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 Another message in a small cabin
Dear Esther Windows Chapter selection
Dear Esther Windows The cave's lighting is mesmerizing.
Dear Esther Windows Some burning candles have been left behind.

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Critic Reviews

Everyeye.it Feb 16, 2012 9 out of 10 90
Bit-Tech Feb 14, 2012 90 out of 100 90
Splitkick Feb 24, 2011 9 out of 10 90
Gamer.nl Feb 14, 2012 9 out of 10 90
PC Gamer Feb 13, 2012 84 out of 100 84
GameSpy Feb 16, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
3D Juegos Feb 17, 2012 8 out of 10 80
New Game Network Mar 02, 2012 80 out of 100 80
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Mar 01, 2012 76 out of 100 76
Destructoid Feb 13, 2012 4.5 out of 10 45

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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 (473076) added Dear Esther (Windows) on Feb 19, 2012
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (187156) and Iggi (12482)