“A deserted island…a lost man…memories of a fatal crash…a book written by a dying explorer.” Two years in the making, the highly anticipated Indie remake of the cult mod Dear Esther arrives on PC. Dear Esther immerses you in a stunningly realised world, a remote and desolate island somewhere in the outer Hebrides. As you step forwards, a voice begins to read fragments of a letter: "Dear Esther..." - and so begins a journey through one of the most original first-person games of recent years. Abandoning traditional gameplay for a pure story-driven experience, Dear Esther fuses it’s beautiful environments with a breathtaking soundtrack to tell a powerful story of love, loss, guilt and redemption. Winner of 2012 IGF Excellence in Visual Art. Supported by Indie Fund.

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1 ShouldBeNew

Feb 26th, 2014 0 people agree 0 people don't

The one's that use minus karma on the 1/10 reviews are idiots. This game is nothing! It's just a **** game without gameplay! And not even that. Why should anyone get this? IT IS SHORT! I don't recommend it to anyone! And anyone who is rating this game 10/10, 9/10, etc. is an idiot! The one's who rate 1/10 or 2/10 are telling the truth.

Uppland says
9 Uppland

Nov 7th, 2013 0 people agree 0 people don't

9 / 10.
Jag älskar stämningen i det här spelet. Men som har diskuterats i otaliga recensioner är "spel" kanske inte rätt ord, men det får andra fundera över. Du följer ett ganska utstakat spår på en ö, tittar på omgivningarna och lyssnar till en berättelse som kanske har med spelaren att göra. Kanske är det man ser, eller det man hör, en metafor för det andra.

Ett spel i ordets rätta bemärkelse är det inte, det har sagts av flera som recenserat Dear Esther på nätet. Det är en upplevelse. Underhållning för de som tycker att Bioshock Infinite hade varit bättre om det varit mer som Myst och mindre av FPS. Man klarar spelet på en timme, och spelar man om det kommer man få se och höra samma saker. Kanske lägger man märke till någon ny detalj eller så, men i stort är som att se om en film.

Ett spel som appellerar mer till känslor och medkänsla än intelligens och logik. Medelpoängen 8,7 är nog för hög sett till hur pass annorlunda Dear Esther är. Förväntar man sig mer av spel och interaktion så blir man nog besviken och ger det ett lågt betyg.

"Come back".

Ketzal says
3 Ketzal

Oct 12th, 2013 0 people agree 0 people don't

You cannot interact with anything.

Robbin505 says
9 Robbin505

Aug 10th, 2013 0 people agree 0 people don't

I'm not sure why the game makes me constantly start over, if I could play it more episodically I think I would like it more. It appears that there is a system supposed to be in place but I always have to start over. Now to the good stuff. I feel that games are so stuck in this model of player choice and instant reward that people forget that a story told without anything but the ability to explore is just as viable. I'm tired of most action games, I have a hard time differentiating one shooter from the other anymore. I'm sick of retrieval quests with the only break in the monotony being waves of enemies to gun down. Life is an experience and I think games should be too. This is probably the most interesting medium for story telling around yet so often it only serves to grease the palms of large corporations. This is one of the most refreshing experiences I've had the pleasure of taking part in. I'm sure this isn't most peoples cup of tea but that's why I'm here at Desura instead of Steam or Origin or Uplay. I don't want run of the mill, I want exceptional and this game delivers.

David_Rose says
3 David_Rose

Jul 5th, 2013 0 people agree 1 person doesn't

Not really a game. More of an interactive story, and I use the term "interactive" very loosely.

You walk around.

That's it. It feels more like a tech demo than a finished product.

Every once in a while some narrator chimes in to advance the story, but the experience amounts to someone telling a very short story very, very, very, slowly. It's like watching water boil in a pot......over a candle flame. Sure, it might get there eventually but you're going to be waiting a while and there's not much to do in the meantime.

On the upside and the only reason why I'm giving this game a 3/10 instead of a 1/10, the graphics are spectacular. Honestly, I didn't know that the Source Engine was capable of that and the developers obviously put a lot of time and effort into them.

I got this game as part of an indie bundle, but I can't recommend anyone spend money on this unless you really want to support the developers. And if that's the case, save yourself the download time and just mail them a check.

yarow12 says
10 yarow12

Jun 14th, 2013 0 people agree 1 person doesn't

An engaging tale that sent chills through my spine at times and left me wishing it would never end.

kevinbeynon says
9 kevinbeynon

Jun 13th, 2013 0 people agree 0 people don't

An amazing experience that had a profound emotional impact on me. This beautifully crafted game pushes the industry forwards and should be on everyone's must-play list.

nmard04 says
8 nmard04

Jun 4th, 2013 0 people agree 1 person doesn't

his looks good i love survival

ENP says
9 ENP

Jun 1st, 2013 0 people agree 0 people don't

Excellent crafting in both audio and visuals

Theevina says
7 Theevina

May 29th, 2013 0 people agree 0 people don't

It is almost exactly like the old mod except with better graphics, but they were stunning graphics.

I got it with the HIB8. The game is maybe 2 hours long at max if you walk slowly.

I think the original price of $10 is way too high. This is more like a really fancy, empty movie. I wouldn't go to the theaters for that price if this was a movie.

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