I'm pretty much here to check out source and goldsrc mods, being the most popular and easy to run. Though I also may review, comment, and occasionally visit the forums. I may also have a pitch ready for any new mods if anyone is short on ideas (which I doubt it, but it may stop the churning ou of hundreds of generic mods or ones that never get off the ground.) I also know how to do minor mapping for the source engine and can do some very basic scripts for Garrysmod.(Uploads soon)
Mod Review on Oct 16th, 2011
Dear Esther is by no means a terrible mod, but that doesn't exactly mean it's great. It is plagued by many faults and only really holds a niche value with a certain audience.
Dear Esther is a good example of why video games are indeed an art form. Though many areas (accept the caves) aren't particularly visually stunning, it could easily appeal to any art critic in terms of story.
You play as a man (possibly Esther but from the way the story is told it sounds like he is writing to a friend named Esther) who has had a troubled past. Someone (your wife, I believe) died in a car-crash (possibly of your doing) and you somehow find yourself on a small island with an infected leg. Yeah, there's not really any action.
However, the story is told in some kind of monologue that, and lets be honest here, is presented as pretentiously as possible.
That's really my big gripe with the mod. It's not that it has no combat or you walk slowly then a glacier. No, it's because it's by far one of the most pretentious games I've ever played. No, wait, it is the most pretentious game I've ever played, hands down.
Still, if you're one of the "artsy" crowd (snobby douchebags) then you'll enjoy Dear Esther in all its glory.
Oh, and don't forget to pay 10 dollars for the remake. Whats that? You don't want to pay 10 dollars to play a mod that wasn't that good to begin with? Well to ******* bad, because they're going to make you pay for it even if all it is is a turd in a plastic bag!