Review: Dear Esther


As I finished Dear Esther, I felt nothing. There was no sense of revelation or tinge of intrigue. I wasn't sad nor happy nor content. I felt no emotion at all. I wasn't moved in the least, which is ironic given all that walking.

This is problematic because the purpose of this type of game is to tell a story and to evoke emotion. Dear Esther is more a loose narrative strung along in a setting that doesn't feel thematically consistent with much else. It's a series of locales that are shrouded in mystery, but that's the extent of the connection. Dear Esther never ties these two necessary halves together in any meaningful way.

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