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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StegoBROrus May 9 2013, 5:27am says:

I see so many people talking about a great story and I just think... What great story? You walk around on a dank island following chalk drawings while listening to what can only be assumed is random sentences chosen from 10 pages ripped out at random from some bland book.

This mod sucked when I played it, and I can't expect the new version to be any better, unless in fact they give you more than a bunch of irrelevant sentences about stupid **** you have no idea about.

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falloutboy152 Jul 12 2013, 2:32pm replied:

StegoBROus, you know this mod is supposed to be mainly of art stuff, right? It's not meant for gunplay. Just art.

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regularshowman Dec 4 2013, 10:10pm replied:

The problem with the game isn't that it isn't some stupid shooter. The problem is that the visuals are way too boring, even for something depressing, the game is way too short, and the plot is not expanded on enough to be interesting. The game traded entertainment for the bland art that's meant for art enthusiests.

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TheOneMuffin May 31 2013, 12:59am replied:

Someone can't understand what "Art" means...

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roger8892001 Feb 12 2013, 9:37pm says:

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Nemesisurvivorleon Jan 9 2013, 2:00am says:

It's a minimalist story game. You examine the details and figure out all the pieces of the story. It's great. Don't be an entitled brat demanding action. This issue is settled.

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boredgunner Nov 20 2012, 11:54pm replied:

You're on the mod page, actually. The game isn't rated very highly either, and you don't understand its purpose. Yes there's no gameplay, but I see it as more of a showcase of the developers' storytelling and some creativity in the level design. Amnesia with this level of storytelling can easily be an improvement.

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Ambient_Malice Nov 20 2012, 10:57pm replied:

I *might* agree that the game is overrated. However, the design is competent considering the limited resources of the original mod.

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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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