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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m82sniper Feb 22 2012, 10:19am says:

Is the remake worth getting? Is it really any better than this version, aside from being beautiful?

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freakintiger Feb 23 2012, 9:23am replied:

Better music, more story, all in all a much better atmosphere.

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u-235 Feb 22 2012, 5:31pm buried:



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Sev-RC- Feb 25 2012, 12:50am replied:

You are a simple minded buffoon. (u-235)

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BanditPanda Mar 2 2012, 6:27am replied:

Ahh the days of rebublic commando, The memorys i had of that game, But now all we have to play are dumb games like Call of duty and medal of honour but then a game like this comes along and brings a spark to your gameing life, A gem in a sea of rocks.

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LiveMChief Feb 20 2012, 10:22pm says:

The mod version is better.

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Mkilbride Feb 22 2012, 3:51pm replied:

Sadly, it kind of is.

I dunno, the retail version loses alot of the magic. The bleak, endless, dull, world the mod had, kind of added to the ghostly atmosphere. IT seemed ethereal somewhat, as if it couldn't exist.

The locations in the Retail Dear Esther, are well...TO real.

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Joxford Feb 20 2012, 1:12pm says:

yeah it is, they made a remake

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NuBiTo Feb 20 2012, 3:22am says:


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dman990099 Feb 20 2012, 2:52pm replied:

yes the game was based on this mod

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ice_trey Feb 19 2012, 12:58pm says:

ok i guess im not gonna be playin this, ty for respondin :)

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Aeva Feb 19 2012, 8:33am says:

I really liked the air of mystery it represented. Of course there were a few rough edges here and there like the slow walking etc but it was really intruiging for me! Definitely going to get the remake. :)

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zombieBacteria Feb 17 2012, 11:49pm says:

Ok, will someone tell me how the remake compares to this one? I've played this one, I didn't care for it, I picked up some haters..., but how is the remake besides having amazing looking visuals?

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freakintiger Feb 18 2012, 8:11am replied:

The standalone version is the real version, if you ask me. How it should've been from the beginning. But if you hate it to walk and listen to the music and watch the atmosphere AND listen to the story, stay away.

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Jokerme Feb 18 2012, 6:41am replied:


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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…

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