Dear Esther is an award-winning, critically acclaimed, experimental first-person game. Built in the Source engine, it abandons traditional gameplay, leaving only a rich world soaked in atmosphere, and an abstract, poetic story to explore. Dear Esther was originally launched in 2008 and is currently being rebuilt by Robert Briscoe - watch this space for updates.

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7 comments by medve on Nov 19th, 2012

Someone wrote:The engrossing world of "Dear Esteban" was created for a very simple purpose. To blow an existential hole in the players perception of their own realities. We wanted present a story so enriching to the human condition, that years from the initial play through the player will look back and think: "How was I ever that naive child before Dear Esteban pulled the wool off my eyes". We've created an interactive tour de force, so powerful, that society at large will have no choice but to acknowledge video games as mankind ultimate art form and the final stage before the event horizon of the human singularity.Engine & Tools: Unity and a masters degree in Philosophy

 Travis Chen @TravisChenNolan Fabricius @ShiftlessHobo

 Disclaimer: We love Dear Esther. Dear Esteban was made in good fun & parody. Dear Esteban is not so much 'Fuck This'. It's more a love letter to Dear Esther from the weird kid who doesn't have a shot but you kind of feel bad for.


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Dear Esther - Original - 2009

Dear Esther - Original - 2009

Feb 13, 2011 Full Version 25 comments

This is the original Source Mod for Dear Esther. Last updated 22/01/2009

Dear Esther - Soundtrack

Dear Esther - Soundtrack

Jul 11, 2008 Music 23 comments

Jessica Curry's soundtrack for Dear Esther: 8 tracks as MPEG4s.

Dear Esther script

Dear Esther script

Jun 30, 2008 Guides 19 comments

This pdf contains the script for the interactive story Dear Esther, as requested...

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ultimatemale420
ultimatemale420 Jun 28 2008, 2:43pm says:

the atmosphere is good buit n 5 minutes of play i encouneterd a bug in which i was actually walking in the mountain texture plus i i feel of a cliff and got stuck behind a rock from which i couldnt i get out

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mesen
mesen Jun 28 2008, 1:55pm says:

This is nice and good i love it. 10/10
The thing i think is great is the diary and the music.
The music where beautiful and the atmosphere.
still 10/10

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8472
8472 Jun 28 2008, 12:20pm says:

I really enjoyed this, much different than the usual SP mods. Good job.

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stevealmighty
stevealmighty Jun 28 2008, 9:43am says:

that video is great
the voice sounds professional
and it just sounded good

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Zoobird
Zoobird Jun 28 2008, 6:47am says:

Really great work here. The audio here is top noch from the narration to the music. Actually was a bit creepy at times. Amazing writing as well.

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tnathan475
tnathan475 Jun 28 2008, 12:57am says:

VERY nicely done, i love these half life 2 mods that are thinking outside the normal FPS and HL2 universe. Love the story driven aspect, keep up the good work!

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BoredGunman
BoredGunman Jun 28 2008, 12:45am says:

wow....Probably the most beautiful singleplayer mod i've ever seen. The atmosphere was incredible for something that didn't really change from the HL2 textures atmosphere. The background diary and music made it that much more enjoyable. There were a few problems though, like the character that walks in the distance, you can see her in detail at some points and walk up to her like at the cabin. If you don't hit the script that puts that character in motion, you can walk up to her. For a short mod, I give an 8. Well done!

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chineseroom
chineseroom Jun 28 2008, 3:24am replied:

If I had a penny for everytime I thought I'd cleared that kill trigger by the hut I'd be a rich man... back to the drawing board. Glad you enjoyed it though!

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dufake
dufake Jun 27 2008, 10:10pm says:

The concept is great.
However, the universe is still feel like in half-life.
Like the grass textures and props.

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foxatphoenixlabs
foxatphoenixlabs Jun 27 2008, 9:48pm says:

awesome game mod. keep it up.

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Highest Rated (6 agree) 8/10

Hey Dan I finally got around to playing your work. The narration was great. Stellar voice acting and writing, it really got me into the story. It genuinely seemed as though I was watching the last moments of a broken man's life, and that was quite something. However, it seemed that in your attempt to elevate narrative in games you forgot what makes a game, a game. I was constantly being annoyed by the little things. Whenever my character entered an area where you thought I should have my light on…

Feb 18 2011, 9:35pm by AJ_Quick

Lowest Rated (7 agree) 1/10

This game looks more like a movie mod than an actual playable mod. Other than the sharp graphics and the story, the gameplay purpose is a huge issue. On top of that, this makes one of the worst HL mods of all time in the HL series. Why? Because the remake will not be free. This mod qualifies for the YouTube episodic video(s) rather than a HL2 mod because it's better to watch rather than play. Changing the gameplay to something else that has almost no purpose is purely unacceptable. That type of…

Apr 17 2011, 12:53pm by PurpleGaga27

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