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Dear Esther: Landmark Edition has been remade with the Unity engine, featuring a full audio remaster, and the addition of a brand-new Directors' Commentary mode, allowing players to explore the island and learn what inspired the game and how it was crafted by The Chinese Room and Rob Briscoe.
About the Game
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…
- Every play-through a unique experience, with randomly generated audio, visuals and events.
- Explore incredible environments that fully immerse you in the haunting island and its mysterious past.
- A poetic, semi-randomised story like you've never experienced in a game before.
- Stunning soundtrack composed by Jessica Curry, featuring world-class musicians.
- An uncompromisingly inventive game delivered to the highest AAA standards.
How to Play
Dear Esther is a ghost story, told using first-person gaming technologies.
Rather than traditional game-play the focus here is on exploration, uncovering the mystery of the island, of who you are and why you are here.
Fragments of story are randomly uncovered when exploring the various locations of the island, through both the environment and the voice narrative, offering clues to the tragic events that bought you to the island as well as the history of the island itself, it’s past inhabitants, and the various tragedies and misfortunes which have also plagued them throughout its cursed past.
Dear Esther is an auditory and visual experience that interweaves a consuming narrative and array of emotions. The game's actual value must not be solely based upon its gameplay length, but rather on the random elements and new secrets discovered through multiple playthroughs. Those that brave the journey into the narrative and world of Dear Esther will discover an experience that few games have been available to accomplish in years. Highly recommended. 9.8/10 - Gaming Nexus "Dear Esther" -
The beauty of Dear Esther is that it raises questions about content rather than mechanics. 9/10 - VideoGamer "Dear Esther Review" -
Dear Esther. I will take flight. 9/10 - Everyeye.it "Dear Esther - Recensione" -
The game is recommended for anyone who likes taking a close look at a piece of art that goes against the grain of the medium. You should consider checking out Dear Esther the same way you'd appraise a film. If you're interested in absorbing an intellectual story and gorgeous visuals without having to exert a drop of effort, take a chance on this curious experiment. 8/10 - Game Informer "Dear Esther" -
If you're into the idea of experimental "games" pushing the boundaries of the medium, you might like Dear Esther, but if you're looking for a detailed story of Event A causing Event B which then naturally led to Event C, then this is not for you. 8/10 - AtomicGamer "Dear Esther Review" -
Play this just for yourself and try to see where things might go from here. The possibilities are endless and almost completely unexplored. 7.7/10 - ActionTrip "Dear Esther Review" -