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Overall 5
4.5

Dear Esther

Destructoid
2 September 2013
  • Summary: “Yes, but is this the right medium for that story?” That’s the first thing they told me to ask myself in film school. It’s something not enough filmmakers ask themselves throughout their career. This is exponentially true for game designers, as evidenced by Half-Life 2 mod-turned-retail interactive-narrative Dear Esther .
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Overall 8
8.0
Value for money 6
6.0
Gameplay 6
6.0
Graphics 10
10
Sound 10
10
Addiction 7
7.0

A Hauntingly Good...Something

GIN
5 August 2013
  • Excerpt: I was browsing across Steam and happened to come across a game called Dear Esther. Originally created as a mod to Half-Life 2, it was remade and released as a full game in 2012. I didn't know a lot about it, but exploring a deserted island in the Hebrides chain, off the coast of Scotland, seems like something I would enjoy, so I gave it a try.
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Overall 3
3.0

Dear Esther

Thunderbolt Games
10 January 2013
  • Excerpt: It’s perfectly reasonable to ask why something like Dear Esther exists in the first place. Essentially a remake of a Half-Life 2 mod. Problem is, it’s not really a videogame. Critics have been struggling to attach a label to Dear Esther —experimental, interactive movie, a narrative experience—none of which really describe it accurately. Dear Esther is a game that isn’t a game.
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30 Reviews in 30 Days, Day 20 – Dear Esther

Everyday Gamers
7 October 2012
  • Summary: I can tell you this game is unlike anything I have played before, and that is a compliment. At the same time, it has not hit me quite as hard as it has many other reviewers. Dear Esther gets a 6 out of 10.
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Overall 9
9.0

Review: Dear Esther is an interactive story in a gorgeous 3D environment

Macworld
7 September 2012
  • Conclusion: Dear Esther is a collaborative work of art; a blueprint for future creators of interactive fiction. Troubleshoot Mac network issues with Network Utility 5 tips for avoiding Internet dopiness How to create networked backups with OS X Server Meet the Best of Show winners from Macworld iWorld 2014 View more Macworld videos » Close May 15, 2014 9:30 AM Apple provides a useful suite of tools for troubleshooting and investigating network issues on OS X.
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Overall 4
4.0

Dear Esther

Adventure Classic Gaming
24 May 2012
  • Excerpt: These ambivalent ramblings, although my own, give a taste of what is in store for any gamer adventurous enough to play Dear Esther. Originally designed and released by University of Portsmouth researcher Dan Pinchbeck in 2008 as a free mod for Half-Life 2, Dear Esther was actually developed as part of a funded academic research project to explore experimental storytelling and gameplay.
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Dear Esther Review

VideoGamer.com
15 May 2012
  • Excerpt: Your left mouse button is useless. It's not needed, and neither is your right. Dear Esther doesn't require you to interact with these inputs. It merely asks you to walk, to explore, and, most importantly, to listen. Whether or not you want to play Dear Esther shouldn't be up to whether it is fun to play (it isn't), whether it's got some great mechanics (it doesn't), or whether the difficulty spike is unfair and frustrating (it's not; there isn't one).
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Dear Esther Review

truepcgaming.com
14 May 2012
  • Summary: Dear Esther is a bold attempt at something most developers would never consider.  It’s strictly a narrative and nothing more. For simply $9.99, you can experience a short but quality and unique type of game yet to be capitalized on.  Though some ignorant players who can’t realize the intent of this game will say it’s terrible.
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Overall 7
7.0
Gameplay 5
5.0
Graphics 8
8.0
Sound 7
7.0

Dear Esther

Game Boyz
12 May 2012
  • Excerpt: I wander through your beauteous landscapes, marvel at the artistry of your world, and yet I weep, for I know that many of my fellow shall cry “But there is no shooting!”. More still will cry “But there is little interaction!”. And I shall weep, for they have somewhat missed the point.
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Dear Esther Review

GameSpot
11 May 2012
  • Excerpt: Dear Esther is not a video game; at least, not in the traditional sense. In 2008, it was released for the PC as a Half-Life 2 mod. Now, it has been rereleased as a stand-alone product with updated visuals and remastered audio. It casts you as a person stranded on a lonely island. At first, it seems you are the narrator, whose voice chimes in as you explore. However, even this easy assumption is called into question as the pieces of the narrator's story come together.
  • Pros: Great writing weaves a complex story, Narration is excellent, Somber, beautiful setting., N/A
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