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PizzaWizard Feb 27, 2013 @ 10:40am
If you're thinking of buying this game, don't.
If you're really curious just watch a let's play or something.

This isn't really a game, sure it's an interactive experience but there isn't much to the interaction. You walk so slowly that exploring feels more punishing than rewarding (especially since exploring doesn't give you much to discover). Since exploring sucks you decide to follow the shortest path to hear more of the narration and get to the next location, you might as well not be interacting. It ends up feeling like a chore, like you are only "playing" because you've heard a lot about it and you want to get it over with so you can form an opinion. Save your money, put it towards a more rewarding experience.
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PizzaWizard Feb 27, 2013 @ 10:54am 
It sucks because you move incredibly slowly and there's no reward for exploring. The most interesting thing I found was a tire, which I understand the relevance of in terms of narrative but fell short of satisfying. Some people will say looking at the beautiful environment is enough to make the exploring rewarding but it wasn't for me. I don't believe this experience needed to be an interactive one (since in my eyes it did nothing interesting with its interactivity) and that's why I think it is a failure.
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PizzaWizard Feb 27, 2013 @ 10:56am 
It is applauded for being an experiment and for being poetic but I wasn't impressed by the experiment or the poetry.
Emre Feb 27, 2013 @ 10:56am 
Thanks for the honest review man.
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PC00 Feb 27, 2013 @ 10:57am 
Originally posted by PizzaWizard:
It is applauded for being an experiment and for being poetic but I wasn't impressed by the experiment or the poetry.

You =/= anyone else..
(°o°) Feb 27, 2013 @ 10:57am 
I guess you need to go back to cod then, I don't understand why people buy this and then later complain about it then spread hate :/ a little research goes a long way.
XX-WARLoRD17-XX Feb 27, 2013 @ 11:02am 
Originally posted by (°o°):
I guess you need to go back to cod then, I don't understand why people buy this and then later complain about it then spread hate :/ a little research goes a long way.
yeah it has ground background, it makes you think, you get the perspective of loneliness, its like if amnesia and slender had a child, but without the horror i enjoyed watching lets play videos but i might reconsider buying it, not because its slow or its boring, but just a bit short, still a great game, as far as this kids review, no imagination.

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altEred Feb 27, 2013 @ 11:05am 
Yeah, screw the developer and anyone that spent time and hard work making this, send a message to any who may also dare to think differently, experiment and evolve the art-form of storytelling and potentially stumble upon whole new genres of entertainment. Use that money you just saved to buy some crap from a laughing clown. :/
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Jᴧgᴧ Feb 27, 2013 @ 11:10am 
Price-wise this is a joke. For $10, you can buy a large assortment of games for your digital phone or pad, that rival this one completely in terms of challenge, fun, content, and interest. Just forget comparing it to the large assortment of *real* Steam games.

For the daily sale price of $2.49, it is.. still a joke. It is digital art, and amounts to "someone's digital portfolio" in terms of content delivery. I still cannot think of any game short of a browser game that costs as little and still delivers such a vapid content base.

Note: I haven't bought it, but I've 'played' it. Watch a few YouTube videos and you can consider yourself as having 'played' it.

The closest experience I can liken this to, is someone handing you a Disneyland brochure with nice photos, and standing there telling you about it for a little bit. Then telling you that you owe them $10 for their "Disneyland Experience".

Caveat Emptor. There are no refunds.
JSG Feb 27, 2013 @ 11:21am 
Originally posted by PizzaWizard:
If you're really curious just watch a let's play or something.

This isn't really a game, sure it's an interactive experience but there isn't much to the interaction. You walk so slowly that exploring feels more punishing than rewarding (especially since exploring doesn't give you much to discover). Since exploring sucks you decide to follow the shortest path to hear more of the narration and get to the next location, you might as well not be interacting. It ends up feeling like a chore, like you are only "playing" because you've heard a lot about it and you want to get it over with so you can form an opinion. Save your money, put it towards a more rewarding experience.

All this guy says is completely correct. This so-called 'game' is really nothing more than a short, slow walkthrough of a landscape. The only interaction is to move your character through the extremely linear pathways and look at things. If that's your type of thing then go ahead and get it, otherwise I'd watch a review or 'gameplay' of it first.
XX-WARLoRD17-XX Feb 27, 2013 @ 11:26am 
Originally posted by JustSomeGuy:
Originally posted by PizzaWizard:
If you're really curious just watch a let's play or something.

This isn't really a game, sure it's an interactive experience but there isn't much to the interaction. You walk so slowly that exploring feels more punishing than rewarding (especially since exploring doesn't give you much to discover). Since exploring sucks you decide to follow the shortest path to hear more of the narration and get to the next location, you might as well not be interacting. It ends up feeling like a chore, like you are only "playing" because you've heard a lot about it and you want to get it over with so you can form an opinion. Save your money, put it towards a more rewarding experience.

All this guy says is completely correct. This so-called 'game' is really nothing more than a short, slow walkthrough of a landscape. The only interaction is to move your character through the extremely linear pathways and look at things. If that's your type of thing then go ahead and get it, otherwise I'd watch a review or 'gameplay' of it first.

thanks for the thought, gameplay looks nice:P
PizzaWizard Feb 27, 2013 @ 11:32am 
Originally posted by (°o°):
I guess you need to go back to cod then, I don't understand why people buy this and then later complain about it then spread hate :/ a little research goes a long way.
Because it's on sale and someone is likely wondering if they should buy it, I wanted to offer my opinion the same way that so many of you are eager to offer yours.

I bought it when it was on sale months ago and was really eager to get into it because I heard a lot about it. I understood that this was a special kind of experience that required a certain mood so I waited for the proper time. I "played" it all in one sitting as I expect it's supposed to be, lights off, alone, quiet house. When it finished I wasn't sure how I felt about it. It didn't really move me or inspire me as it did with so many other people.

A week later I played the game Journey (amazing) and it put into perspective all the issues I had with Dear Esther, which is pretty much that I didn't get the impression that it needed to be interactive. I know it's incredibly basic but when you make a piece of art you need to ask yourself "why is this the best medium for what I am trying to express?" You'd be surprised how many people don't ask themself that question. I understand that the narrative is different with each playthrough but this is something that can still be done with non interactive video.

Bottom line is that my biggest gripe was that I felt punished for wanting to explore. Why do you want me to occupy your space and then make me move at a snails pace to get anywhere? It dissuades exploring. You can put up with it and go exploring anyway but there isn't much to find that adds to the experience.


I'm all for evolving the medium. I play A LOT of games and I'm tired of playing the same old crap, so much of what comes out is an embarassment. I'm glad this tried something new, it just felt like it was reaching for something and falling short.
Ykrop Feb 27, 2013 @ 11:51am 
If you're thinking of buying this game, buy it.
XX-WARLoRD17-XX Feb 27, 2013 @ 11:52am 
definetly worth the 2.50, unless you have anything else good to buy with your change
XX-WARLoRD17-XX Feb 27, 2013 @ 11:54am 
also everyone is complaining about how long the game is( even i did too, but im still gonna play it) its like buying 30 half minute heros and complaining its only 30 seconds long
Badshooter 270 Feb 27, 2013 @ 11:59am 
2.50 is a steal, I loved the experiemental gameplay. Made me think of what great new ways the first person perspective could be used to tell stories. Made me think of how the Wii made gaming accesible to so many people, this could do it for PC gaming. Or at least a step in the right direction.
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