“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.

Review RSS Feed KittyBubbles says
10 KittyBubbles

Jan 18th, 2013 0 people agree 2 people don't
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This game surprised me.
Amazing graphics, almost like real life...
A nice storyline, with a unexpected ending.

thekngovert says
8 thekngovert

Nov 23rd, 2012 0 people agree 2 people don't

nice game! love it! ;)

boredgunner says
8 boredgunner

Sep 23rd, 2012 0 people agree 2 people don't

A beautifully crafted and told story, devoid of gameplay mechanics and requires only attention and exploration.

BeatYourHeadIn says
3 BeatYourHeadIn

Sep 10th, 2012 2 people agree 2 people don't

I like it when games dare to be different. I liked Penumbra, and I liked Amnesia even more; those games struck a nice balance with atmosphere and gameplay while being different from almost everything I had played before. This game, however, offers no such balance since it abandoned any semblance of gameplay altogether. It's been said here by other reviewers and I'll say it again, just to reinforce the notion: there is no interactivity to speak of and no real gameplay whatsoever. There are no meaningful choices to make, no consequences, no inventory to manage, no characters to interact with, no enemies to defeat or evade, no objectives to complete; you can't even control when your flashlight turns on and off (this feature is automanaged for you as you enter and leave unlit areas). It is a game that dared to be so different that it actually stopped being a game. Moving on, I don't want to obsess over what Dear Esther IS NOT this whole review, so I will talk about what it IS. As others here have pointed out, it is simply a different way of telling a story... a visual metaphor, if you will. In my opinion, it is an unsuccessful way of telling a story, and I wont be paying for any other "games" that may appear in this "genre". As a game, story, and movie respectively, it was boring and un-entertaining. Dear Esther's soundtrack is quite good, and it is visually is nice to look at, especially in the caves chapter; I will award a couple points for those qualities, even though I want to give it a flat zero. I'll award one more point to the fact that the developers had the balls think out side the box... in fact, they stepped outside the box, picked it up, folded it, put it in the recycle bin, went to the nearest Blockbuster Video and rented What Dreams May Come. So that's it, a generous 3 out of 10.

Razziey95 says
10 Razziey95

Jul 20th, 2012 0 people agree 4 people don't

very scary game

T3RR0RH4WK says

Jul 4th, 2012 0 people agree 4 people don't

Absolutely an amazingly beautiful game. It very efficiently and easily shows off the beauty of the Source Engine and what can be done with it.

A definite change of pace. Great to play on a day or night where you don't want intense FPS action, babbling nimrods online in other games, or you just want to try something out of the ordinary -- Dear Esther is the perfect game for such times.

Definitely worth the price of admission, even more of a steal if you get it on sale.

cyberkiller40 says
10 cyberkiller40

Jun 3rd, 2012 0 people agree 4 people don't

Wonderful, marvelous, beautiful... I can't find the proper words to describe this... Game? No, not really - it's more like an interactive book or a movie. But it's awesome, no doubts about it.

Hint: if you liked 'Donnie Darko' or similar movies then get this & play ASAP!!!

KooBlu says
9 KooBlu

May 2nd, 2012 0 people agree 3 people don't

I won't re-hash what others have said RE: Dear Esther. How you experience the game will be unique to you. What I CAN say is that for myself, Dear Esther has been an experience like no other: I found it by turns calming, eerie and quiet - the perfect alternative to first-person shooters and other violent computer games. If you're willing to keep an open mind about what a PC game "should" be, and you want to unwind, I recommend Dear Esther.

mrtootwiggles says
10 mrtootwiggles

May 1st, 2012 0 people agree 4 people don't

amazing/ awesome/ epic/ 3p1c/ just pure awesome
beautiful visual effects amazing caves and beutifully written storyline

ZeroGravityZero says
10 ZeroGravityZero

Apr 30th, 2012 0 people agree 2 people don't

I played this game in my friends computer and I loved it! If you guys didn't notice , there are a lot of secrets in this game. There are * hidden * areas in the game where you might not go to until the second playthrough. There are ghosts in the game ( yes , ghosts! ) and I think there are about 8 ( I've found 2 so far ). I think that this game has really great graphics and that it is worth your $ 10.

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