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Dear Esther
8.4 out of 10

Dear Esther

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nildab, Metacritic
3 June 2012
  • Summary: Horribly boring. I based my decision only because the reviews were ravingly good. Even the ratings were in the upper 80s. I will never base my choices on that again. I will from now on, download demos and see for myself.
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Overall 1
1.0

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Azaiko, Metacritic
18 April 2012
  • Summary: This is not a game. It is a story, that's it. Nothing more than a story, where you can walk around. It doesn't have anything else but the walking and the story. I don't think that this should be marked as a game, since this simply isn't a game.
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Shoebox, Metacritic
12 March 2012
  • Summary: A lot of people tend to try and justify the purchase of something that they cannot return. It's quite sad that people, held hostage by their own denial, have mistaken holding forward for gameplay and 'listless' narrative for a storyline. Sure, it has graphics, but every game has graphics.
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Jamie Fletcher, Techgage
7 March 2012
  • Excerpt: There are certain expectations when loading up a game for the first time. Unspoken rules govern the experience that should be presented to the player. Dear Esther breaks all those rules yet pulls off something very unique. Read on as we delve into the latest Indie funded ‘experience’.
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Overall 6
6.0

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Mafurios, Metacritic
4 March 2012
  • Summary: I liked it but it just didn't make me feel like a part of the story, it felt more like walking a guided tour. I like games with a good story but this is more like an interactive picture book.
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Overall 4
4.0

User Review

LD9000, Metacritic
19 February 2012
  • Summary: A pretty visual game, but it is 85 minutes of gameplay for 10$. I cannot seem myself walking through that island again. Maybe at 3$ that would not be so bad
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Overall 10
10

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AaronB, Metacritic
18 February 2012
  • Summary: Superb. If you are prepared for reflection, then you will be deeply moved by this masterpiece. Ignore the low ratings as they are not the intended audience. This is a work for adults.
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Overall 6
6.0

Not worth 10 bucks

TrogdorJosh Lein, Game Informer
15 February 2012
  • Summary: The narrative and visuals of the game are amazing, ill give it that but the game lasts less then one hour so for 10 bucks it had better blow my freakin mind with amazingness in that tiny little hour. In short the game may be worth like 4-5 dollars at most so dont buy it.
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Overall 10
10

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BunnyRed, Metacritic
15 February 2012
  • Summary: I'm not exactly sure what I just played, but it was one of the most beautiful things that I have ever experienced. Dear Esther is something of a new genre of game, all to itself. It's more of an artistic expression coupled with minor interactivity and a frighteningly poetic story.
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Overall 10
10

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Terezi, Metacritic
14 February 2012
  • Summary: Originally a mod for Half-Life 2, this remake is very different from what you might expect a game to be. Calling it an interactive story would be more accurate. There is no "action", no real items or objectives, you just explore the island while a narrator tells you a story.
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