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Dear Esther
8.3 out of 10

Dear Esther

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Overall 8
8.0
Value for money 6
6.0
Gameplay 6
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Graphics 10
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Sound 10
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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...
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30 Reviews in 30 Days, Day 20 – Dear Esther

Everyday Gamers
7 October 2012
  • Excerpt: Okay, so this is going out late, but as I have not gone to bed yet (even though I probably should have), this is still day 20. That being said, my 20th review is on something that can only loosely be called a game.
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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...
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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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Dear Esther

Square-Go
8 May 2012
  • Excerpt: There has always been a divide in the world of videogames, where action and narrative have uncomfortably met and struggled to combine. While most titles choose to eschew the story in favour of weighing more heavily upon the ludologist side of the balance, few choose to almost carelessly strew the...
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Overall 7
7.0
Gameplay 5
5.0
Graphics 8
8.0
Sound 7
7.0

Dear Esther

Game Boyz
30 April 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

DarkStation
9 March 2012
  • Conclusion: Unfortunately with reviewing this game I have to think of it in terms of should someone spend their hard earned money on this game and that hurts Dear Esther in a regrettable way. It tells a very interesting story in a mysterious and ambitious way and stands out as a risky decision on the developers...
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Overall 10
9.8

Expert Review

GamingNexus
9 March 2012
  • Summary: Originally released as mod for Half-life 2 in 2008, Dear Esther has been redesigned with completely new level design and visuals, extended voice work, and re-orchestration of the soundtrack. Funding for the project's redesign was provided by an investment from the Indie Fund.
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Dear Esther Review

True PC gaming
9 March 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.
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Overall 8
7.7

Dear Esther

ActionTrip
29 February 2012
  • Conclusion: In spite of a lukewarm reception from critics, Dear Esther was a financial success (In your face Bobby Kotick! - Ed. Vader) and that should be proof enough that gamers are interested in exploring non-threatening virtual worlds as well.
  • Pros: Beautiful visuals, equally accomplished soundtrack, professional writing and good narration, the game run smoothly with maximum settings even on mid-range PCs;
  • Cons: A bit too much ambiguity and wallowing in self-pity, no interactivity whatsoever, can be finished in under two hours.
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