“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.
Bad game. Not because it doesn't have guns or monsters, in fact I thought it would be GOOD for those reasons. I stand corrected. I didn't pay for a two hour game that is just a guy talking in riddles. I payed for a great story that I could really get into, because that's what it was meant to be. Instead it's just a dumb, stupid attempt at being "2deep4u." The story isn't very great at all. I mean, the story is good. But not good enough to have an entire game revolve around it and only it.
There are only two hours of gameplay. And even if it was longer, it wouldn't be any better because there isn't any gameplay to speak of!
If there is one good thing I can say about this game, its that the overall atmosphere is superb. The scenery looks beautiful, it really does. This is easily one of the best looking Source games I've played. The soundtrack is also wonderful.
I guess the best way to sum this game up is; its very pretentious. Everything about it is pretentious. This is the most pretentious game I've ever played.
Not my cup of tea. If you're into visual novels, I'd highly recommend this to you. If not, only buy while its on sale, if you buy it at all.
I can't recommend this to everyone, and it's not without flaw, but this is quite easily the best written and most narratively innovative game I've ever played.
You guys took a significant risk by doing something so different, and as such there are a few small flaws, such as parts where I wasn't sure whether falling down a hole would kill me or not, but that doesn't detract from the fact that this is a wonderful, wonderful experience.
A beautiful and engaging experience! with beautiful visuals and an amazing well written storyline. My only complaint would be (even though I understood everything) is that the mod requires quite a skilled english vocabulary to understand most of the storyline which can be bad as not all of the players will be able to understand everything, causing confusion and issues with certain buyers.
Overall I recommend this to anyone who wants a unique and engrossing experience that will stick in your head for a long time.