Dear Esther

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Description

"One of the most haunting and well-executed titles of this or any other generation." - StrategyInformer.com

"A trip through a brilliantly conceived landscape that rewards attentive engagement with a moving story." - PCgamer.com


“A deserted island…a lost man…memories of a fatal crash…a book written by a dying explorer.”

Two years in the making, the highly anticipated Indie remake of the cult mod Dear Esther arrives on PC. Dear Esther immerses you in a stunningly realised world, a remote and desolate island somewhere in the outer Hebrides. As you step forwards, a voice begins to read fragments of a letter: "Dear Esther..." - and so begins a journey through one of the most original first-person games of recent years. Abandoning traditional gameplay for a pure story-driven experience, Dear Esther fuses its beautiful environments with a breathtaking soundtrack to tell a powerful story of love, loss, guilt and redemption.

Forget the normal rules of play; if nothing seems real here, it’s because it may just be all a delusion. What is the significance of the aerial -- What happened on the motorway -- is the island real or imagined -- who is Esther and why has she chosen to summon you here? The answers are out there, on the lost beach, the windswept cliffs and buried in the darkness of the tunnels beneath the island… Or then again, they may just not be, after all…

Dear Esther is supported by Indie Fund.


Key Features:

  • Every play-through a unique experience, with randomly generated audio, visuals and events.

  • Explore Incredible environments that push the Source engine to new levels of beauty.

  • A poetic, semi-randomised story like you've never experienced in a game before.

  • Stunning soundtrack featuring world-class musicians.

  • An uncompromisingly inventive game delivered to the highest AAA standards.

Customer reviews

40

Dissapointing.

digiconner | July 23, 2014 | See all digiconner's reviews »

I had high hopes for this game, as I loved Gone Home and I enjoy very story driven games. This game is more of an interactive story than a game, as all you do is explore an island while a narrator tells a story. The story is quite confusing, making it hard to cause an immediate impact. There isn't much to see on the island, there are only a few things that are really significant to the story. The graphics and visual are very nice and look good. However the walking speed is too slow, meaning that if you reach a dead end, it is painfully slow to return back in the correct direction, which unfortunately means that exploration becomes too long and boring and rather than trying to see all the island you find yourself just sticking to the one path.

If you're looking for an exciting game with great gameplay, definitely don't get this game. If you're looking for an interactive story with minimal gameplay and a great story, I would not recommend this game, and there are better interactive stories, such as Gone Home or Stanley Parable.

90

Breath Taking

BLUEKOOLAIDMAN7 | June 25, 2014 | See all BLUEKOOLAIDMAN7's reviews »

A lot of the criticism and confusion of Dear Esther is brought about because it is not exactly a game. There are no enemies, no objectives, no inventory, nothing we've come to except in video games. It is where art, storytelling and games intersect, to create a masterpiece.

You simply walk throughout the beautiful landscape while the narration directs you where to go. There are many memorable scenes and set pieces in Dear Esther that will stick with you. Dear Esther is not exactly a game, and that's a good thing. It proves video games can be a valid medium for artistic expression, and weaves a captivating story to along with it.

50

Walking Simulator

minoru09 | June 6, 2014 | See all minoru09's reviews »

People weren't joking when they said that about Dear Esther. All you do is walking from one place to another. There's no interaction. Other than that, the atmosphere in this 'game' is really good. There's also story narrated by your character but it may or may not sounds too pretentious for you to care about it. In short, it's one of those thing that you have to experience it yourself to decide whether you like it or not. Do get it only if it's on a bundle though.

30

Eager to play, but regret buying it

Rotinaj56 | May 24, 2014 | See all Rotinaj56's reviews »

I read the description and thought it could be a great game. I knew there wouldn't be much to it, except poking around an island listening to what happened to this mysterious 'Esther'. Hoping for a plot that meant something, and ultimately blew my mind. Unfortunately I was wrong. I was consumed by the graphics and the narrators voice, just hoping it had more to it. The walking pace was dreadfully slow, there wasn't much of anything to the actual game itself except the graphics. It could have just been my expectations, but reading so many reviews on how terrible others thought it was, I realize that this really was just an awful game.

If it's free, I would recommend getting this. But if it's not, I wouldn't recommend wasting your money. The graphics are not worth seven bucks.

60

A breathtaking story, but not really a game

BlockAgent | May 17, 2014 | See all BlockAgent's reviews »

The visuals and story of Dear Esther are great. The story is very touching. The environment and visuals of the game are superb. Gameplay, however, is non existent. All you can do in this game is walk around in a very linear fashion. Approach this game as though you are going to listen to a story read to you as you look around a beautiful island and you will know what to expect.