Dear Esther: Landmark Edition for PlayStation 4

Dear Esther: Landmark Edition

Sep 20, 2016
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Developer: The Chinese Room
Content Rating: Teen


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, making every each journey a unique experience. Dear Esther features a stunning, specially commissioned soundtrack from Jessica Curry.

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Ryan TessierSep 20, 2016
Many reviewers in the past have attempted to put a qualitative number to review Dear Esther, but I simply can’t. As with any piece of writing, or form or art, taste is going to vary wildly. As such I can only say this: give Dear Esther a chance; it could prove to connect with you on a deep and personal level while challenging your perception on gaming as an art form. Or, you’ll find it pointless and know to avoid these interactive experiences in the future.
Jack BampfieldSep 28, 2016
The most important aspect of any walking simulator is that it has to be engaging. Good gameplay can carry awful stories sometimes, but walking simulators don’t have that luxury. With uninteresting story and characters, the desire to keep playing would be non-existent.
Jim SterlingSep 24, 2016
Dear Esther may have played a huge part in the growth of interactive drama, but it remains an acorn compared to the trees it helped grow. It’s an ultimately shallow game, one that rattles off a story directly without any finesse or attempt to integrate it with the gameplay. Its disparate elements are boldly segregated, and there are none more filtered from the production than the players themselves.

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