Dear Esther. Not the kind of game title that stirs up the same excitement as mentioning Call of Duty, Gears of War, Uncharted or even Crash Bandicoot, but it’s a title that at least incites curiosity. Who is Esther? Perhaps you will find out, as the award-winning 2012 PC title is today available on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
“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.
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 and the tunnels under the island. Or then again, they may just not be, after all…”
If that kind of description doesn’t spur you on to satisfy your curiosity, then maybe the game is not for you. Sure, you don’t run around popping heads off or defeating massive bosses to unlock new, more powerful gear. It’s a story-telling game that is both intriguing, and mystical.
Dear Esther: Landmark Edition features a Directors’ Commentary mode that allows players to explore the island and learn what inspired the game and how it was crafted by The Chinese Room and Rob Briscoe.