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 24 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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StegoSigma Jul 16 2012, 5:55pm buried:


Why is this game the highest-rated HL2 mod? It's not that great. The story is full of holes and makes no sense. It's basically like taking a book and ripping out 80% of the pages in a random order and then narrating them. This mod sucks.

Karma-rape begin.

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Sev-RC- Jul 17 2012, 9:23am replied:

You are a ******* retard. That is all.

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QuakeRiley Jul 17 2012, 7:22am replied:

Then don't play it and give it a low rating.

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Ballsopt Jul 17 2012, 1:08am replied:

"It's not that great. The story is full of holes and makes no sense. It's basically like taking a book and ripping out 80% of the pages in a random order and then narrating them. This mod sucks"

Only if you're incapable of abstract thought, in which case i feel sorry for you. Language is such an inhibitor for some folks, tragically.

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StegoSigma Jul 17 2012, 3:53pm replied:

You guys obviously don't know a troll comment when you see one lol.

Listen, to be reasonable, I've decided to give this mod a second try. The last time I played it was like 3 or so years ago. I could be remembering incorrectly.

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Citzenslayer Jul 14 2012, 6:48am says:

This mod was released as full legit game.. :)

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Mushroomman Jul 13 2012, 3:22am says:

I gather that the only real difference between this and the stand-alone version is that the stand-alone has better graphics. Would this be correct?

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badjack180 Jul 16 2012, 5:19pm replied:

ok about a free game or pay the price for slight better graphics? would this be correct?

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Dementium4ever Jul 17 2012, 10:01am replied:

I'd pay for the full versions. It's out for only 2 bucks on Steam now, and the graphics are so much better than here. On some areas you won't believe your eyes how good they are :)

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ProSniper54 Jul 5 2012, 6:33pm says:

hey i triend to download and it gave me an error, can anyone help me on how to fix it

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tschumann Jul 10 2012, 8:38pm replied:

What's the error?

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mot852 Jul 2 2012, 8:10am says:


Steam: Dear Esther 6,99 €

Here: Dear Esther Free


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TheJP3372 Jul 8 2012, 2:35am replied:

The one on Steam is a remake of the original Dear Esther. The one here is the original one, not the remake.

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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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