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Morgan Freckle Jul 15, 2013 @ 9:42am
Rating for this
How good is it?
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V4ND4L Jul 15, 2013 @ 8:15pm 
Well, it's not a game to begin with. You don't really "do" anything. You walk around in a beautiful environment and listen to some narration every once in a while. Some will say that there is a deep meaning to the story and that Dear Esther is a thought-provoking and revolutionary game. Perhaps. I found it incredibly boring as far as games go, incredibly beautiful as video game world design goes, but ultimately something I'm glad I didn't pay a cent for. Hopefully that helps you out.
[GND] Jester Jul 15, 2013 @ 9:46pm 
It's not for everyone, but it does what it sets out to do quite well. There aren't too many reviews for this game, though here is one:

http://www.gnd-tech.com/content/859-Dear-Esther-Review
TOMATO Jul 16, 2013 @ 1:41am 
This game is more about the environment and the story; I enjoy both. I found myself stopping from time to time just to look around. It's definitely not worth $10, but right now for $2.50. I'd say give it a try if you want to take a break from killing in other video games. Is it a game or not? That really depends on personal views. This is more of an Art rather than a Game in my opinion.
Hunter1977_HUN Jul 16, 2013 @ 1:27pm 
It is not a game, but an interactive book. You have more walktrough to understand the hole story or read all the story script texts. In fact it is a good idea, interesting story, and beautyfull sceens. It somthing uniqum, and sometimes u can buy it under 2 €, that is good deal!
Walter White Jul 16, 2013 @ 2:29pm 
well i needed 50 minutes to finish it. The sound and the enviroment were really beatiful, specially the cave. But it's not worth more than 2 euro/dollar/pound, whatever
Hunter1977_HUN Jul 16, 2013 @ 2:51pm 
if u finished it so fast u didnot heard the full story, see for the hole script! its about 15 A4 side long...
Mental Terrorist Jul 16, 2013 @ 8:54pm 
Meh. Took a couple of hours to finish. I wouldn't call this a point and click game. Its more like a movie you have to walk thru. Its an intresting concept but not one I would pay for. Great Artwork tho.
Elvizon1 Jul 16, 2013 @ 10:23pm 
This game is for who like games for their story. For me this game is awesome, but if you like to run, kill things, DONT PLAY this game.
strangledCAT Jul 17, 2013 @ 5:30pm 
I totally loved this game... great game to zone out too...
Subber201 Jul 17, 2013 @ 5:49pm 
This game is GORGEOUS! Normally graphics aren't very important to me, but in this game, they're all I can focus on. That's probably because there's not much to actually DO in the game.. So it's not for everyone in that regard. But if you have any semblance of respect or interest in video games as art, or like stories, this is a good game. The art direction alone makes Dear Esther worth at least a 7/10.
Aune Jul 18, 2013 @ 9:45am 
I do not recommend this game, I found it quite boring and it made my "W" finger hurt.
If I'm going to explain the game detailed then I would first say that it is only 1 map divided into 4 chapters (Short chapters). You start off on a small "dock" and you just follow the path around the island. There are no buttons you can press except the movement keys and "Q" to get out of water. You can also hold the left mouse button to zoom but it doesn't really change the gameplay at all. Once you enter a dark room you automaticly pull out your flashlight, but there is nothing for you to pick up so it is kind of a waste.
Once you go the wrong path you will get frustrated because you have to walk all the way back with no form or sprint/run.
The ending was also pretty weird:
SPOILER: Your goal is to get to the watchtower, climb it then jump off it. Then the game "ends" with a black screen and in order for you to enter the menu again you need to exit the game itself. There is no automatic menu screen/end screen.

Rating as a game: 0/10
Rating (environment): 5/10
[GND] Jester Jul 18, 2013 @ 10:11am 
Originally posted by Xinity{lOMG}HokyNORLPC:
I do not recommend this game, I found it quite boring and it made my "W" finger hurt.
If I'm going to explain the game detailed then I would first say that it is only 1 map divided into 4 chapters (Short chapters). You start off on a small "dock" and you just follow the path around the island. There are no buttons you can press except the movement keys and "Q" to get out of water. You can also hold the left mouse button to zoom but it doesn't really change the gameplay at all. Once you enter a dark room you automaticly pull out your flashlight, but there is nothing for you to pick up so it is kind of a waste.
Once you go the wrong path you will get frustrated because you have to walk all the way back with no form or sprint/run.
The ending was also pretty weird:
SPOILER: Your goal is to get to the watchtower, climb it then jump off it. Then the game "ends" with a black screen and in order for you to enter the menu again you need to exit the game itself. There is no automatic menu screen/end screen.

Rating as a game: 0/10
Rating (environment): 5/10

Ever heard of a thing called "story"? That's the main point of the game, you know. Your "goal" is not to just climb a watch tower and jump off.
Last edited by [GND] Jester; Jul 18, 2013 @ 10:14am
Aune Jul 18, 2013 @ 10:54am 
Well, there isn't much of a story, but I DO know that there is one "hidden deeper meaning" of the game, but to me that isn't what a "game" is if the deeper meaning is way too hidden and the game itself isn't that much entertaining since there is no interaction whatsoever.
And the "story" is way too short for the audience to catch up to. After beating the game, I still wasn't sure if I was Esther or if I was the guy reading the letters. And after I completed the game (which had one "level" in it btw), I couldn't bother to look up the story because my gaming experience was just too boring, for me that is. There are obviously people out there who might like the game, and that's great, but for me I really didn't think of it as a fun game.
And it says that the genre of the game is: "Adventure". And I've played alot of adventure games, and I really don't think that this game belongs in that genre. The meaning of adventure games is that you go on a quest to do something and you experience different things, not just looking at a mountain from different angles, but adventure games also have alot of puzzles. There was points in the game where I really hoped for a puzzle I could solve or something like that, but all I experienced was just walking in circles in hope of a new scenery.
[GND] Jester Jul 18, 2013 @ 11:03am 
The story was quite easy to follow. But I agree that Dear Esther just doesn't have much value; it's really a showcase of the developers' storytelling. I look forward to see what they do with a real game, specifically Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs.
Cybbes Jul 18, 2013 @ 3:41pm 
It isn't so much a game, but an interactive story, or artwork that you can explore. To appreciate it you have to really have a mature and open mind; you are supposed to notice the and enjoy the scenery, and think about what the story being told to you. If you're looking for a game where you just want to shoot and kill things, but don't care about the story and artistic qualities, I wouldn't really recommend this game for you...
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