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Dear Esther
8.6 out of 10

Dear Esther

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Overall 9
9.0

Very Different

Crackmandan, Game Informer
9 April 2013
  • Summary: Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE This game is quite different from all the other games we all have played. There's no side scrolling jump here, jump there, no targets to kill with you wide selection of guns, no block moving puzzles to unlock yet it is a unique ride.
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Overall 9
9.0

Dear Esther Review: I Love These Caves!

bombstopper, Game Informer
19 October 2012
  • Summary: It's hard to call Dear Esther a game. Because A, it is technically a mod (modification) using the source engine by valve, and B because it is less of a game and more of an interactive narrative.
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Overall 8
8.0

Dear Esther, Where do I begin?

MrRstar, Game Informer
21 July 2012
  • Summary: I'm not entirely sure what to make of Dear Esther. It was a very interesting experience wandering around a deserted island without another living soul on it (maybe), and listening to this mans decent into madness. But my issue was that it doesn't do anything other than that.
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Overall 10
10

User review by drippingstars

drippingstars, Gamezebo
6 July 2012
  • Summary: What a stunningly gorgeous game! This had to be one of the best gaming experiences I have had. And I do mean experience, because I believe that's exactly what this is: an actual experience more than a a simple or traditional game. The graphics were spectacular!
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User Review

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

User Review

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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Overall 10
10

User review by roseisa

roseisa, Gamezebo
18 April 2012
  • Summary: Imberis is correct - this game is not for everyone. Actually, if you want to search for something, have a timer of your skills or try to figure out a puzzle, this game is not for you.
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Overall 9
9.0

A Wonderful Surprise

ROCKETRACER314, Game Informer
28 March 2012
  • Summary: I bought Dear Esther not knowing what to expect. Would it be boring or beautiful, a waste of money or a great investment. Thankfully my money was well spent. I was instantly engaged by the games mysterious story line and the island itself had me wishing I could explore it as a whole.
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User Review

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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User Review

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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