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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 The cave's lighting is mesmerizing.
Dear Esther Macintosh Following the trail from the beach - the old lighthouse in distance
Dear Esther Windows Walking down the path close to the beach.
Dear Esther Macintosh Opening narrative

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Gaming Nexus Windows Mar 09, 2012 A+ 100 Windows Feb 16, 2012 9 out of 10 90 Windows Feb 20, 2012 9 out of 10 90
Meristation Windows Feb 24, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Game Informer Magazine Windows Feb 13, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Digital Spy Windows Feb 15, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Atomic Gamer Windows Feb 18, 2012 8 out of 10 80 Windows Feb 23, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Absolute Games ( Windows Mar 01, 2012 76 out of 100 76 Macintosh May 16, 2012 14 out of 20 70


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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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