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Veröffentlichung: 14. Feb. 2012

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"Not for everyone, I realise, but as an example of games trying Something Else, I think Dear Esther is hard to argue against."
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“Eine verlassene Insel… ein verlorener Mann… Erinnerungen an einen schweren Unfall... ein Buch, geschrieben von einem sterbenden Entdecker.”

Nach zwei Jahren Arbeit erscheint das heiß ersehnte Indie-Remake des Kult-Mods Dear Esther für den PC. In Dear Esther tauchen Sie ab in eine verblüffend realistische Welt, eine abgelegene und verlassene Insel irgendwo in den äußeren Hebriden. Sobald Sie sich bewegen, beginnt eine Stimme, Fragmente eines Briefes vorzulesen: „Dear Esther…“ – und so beginnt eine Reise durch eines der originellsten First-Person-Spiele der letzten Jahre. Dear Esther verzichtet auf traditionelle Gameplay-Elemente, um sich allein auf die Geschichte zu konzentrieren und verbindet diese mit einem atemberaubenden Soundtrack, um eine beeindruckende Geschichte über Liebe, Verlust, Schuld und Erlösung zu erzählen.

Vergessen Sie die Regeln eines normalen Spiels; wenn nichts real erscheint, dann vielleicht weil alles nur eine Illusion ist. Welche Rolle spielt die Antenne – was passierte auf der Autobahn – ist die Insel echt oder nur eine Einbildung– wer ist Esther und warum hat sie beschlossen, Sie hierher zu rufen? Die Antworten liegen da draußen, am verlassenen Strand, an den vom Wind gepeitschten Klippen und tief vergraben in den Tunneln unter der Insel… oder auch nicht…

Dear Esther wird vom Indie-Fund unterstützt.

Produkteigenschaften:

  • Jeder Spieldurchlauf ist ein einzigartiges Erlebnis, denn Audio, Bilder und Events werden zufällig generiert.
  • Erkunden Sie unglaubliche Umgebungen, die die Source-Engine auf eine ganz neue Schönheits-Ebene bringen.
  • Eine poetische, semi-zufällige Geschichte, die Sie noch niemals so in einem Spiel erlebt haben.
  • Ein atemberaubender Soundtrack von Weltklasse-Musikern.
  • Ein kompromisslos einfallsreiches Spiel, angepasst an die höchsten AAA-Standards.

Soundtrack

Der eindringliche und schöne Soundtrack von Jessica Curry zu Dear Esther, jetzt erhältlich auf Steam, wird von Spielern und Kritikern gleichermaßen begeistert aufgenommen. Kritikermeinungen: „Currys Musik reflektiert die Gefühle des Spielers, ohne sie erdrückend zu steuern. Genial konstruiert, sowohl akustisch als auch visuell“ (Eurogamer), „So schön das Spiel ist, es wäre ein Verlust, nicht den atmosphärischen Soundtrack von Curry zu erwähnen… unmöglich zu ignorieren.“ (Edge), „eine bezaubernde, faszinierende aurale Landschaft, ein klangvoller Erfolg“ (Square Enix), „Currys zarte und unterschätzte Musik erringt ein Level der Exzellenz. Es ist die ultimative Errungenschaft der Komposition.“ (Bitgamer). Der Soundtrack wurde auf dem Indepentent Games Festival 2012 für den Excellence in Audio Award nominiert.

Systemvoraussetzungen

Windows
Mac OS X

    Minimum:

    • Betriebssystem: Microsoft Windows XP / Vista / Vista64
    • Prozessor: Intel core 2 duo 2,4 GHz oder höher
    • Speicher: 1 GB RAM XP / 2 GB RAM Vista
    • Grafik: DirectX 9-kompatible Grafikkarte mit Shadermodel 3.0. NVidia 7600, ATI X1600 oder besser (Intel Grafikkarten entwickelt vor der Sandybridge-Technik noch nicht unterstützt)
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Festplatte: 2 GB verfügbarer Festplattenspeicher
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c-kompatible Soundkarte

    Empfohlen:

    • Betriebssystem: Microsoft Windows XP / Vista / Vista64
    • Prozessor: Quad Core 2,4 GHz oder höher
    • Speicher: 1 GB RAM XP / 2 GB RAM Vista
    • Grafik: DirectX 9-kompatible Grafikkarte mit Shadermodel 3.0. NVidia 8800, ATI Radeon 2900 pro oder besser (Intel Grafikkarten entwickelt vor der Sandybridge-Technik nicht unterstützt)
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Festplatte: 2 GB verfügbarer Festplattenspeicher
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c-kompatible Soundkarte
    • Betriebssystem: MAC OS X 10.6.7 oder höher
    • Prozessor: Intel Core Duo Prozessor (2 GHz oder besser)
    • Speicher: 2 GB
    • Festplatte: Mind. 2 GB frei
    • Grafikkarte: ATI Radeon 2400 oder höher / NVIDIA 8600M oder höher / Intel HD Graphics 3000
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18 von 18 Personen (100%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
26.9 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 5. Dezember 2014
First German, English below

Eigentlich nur zum Spaß gekauft besticht das Spiel durch seine unglaublich gute Musik und Spannung. Leider kurz aber unglaublich gut hat mich das Ende zu Tränen gerührt...

Das Spiel kann man am besten in die Kategorie First Person Adventure / Exploration einsortieren. Rätsel gibt es keine, es geht nur um das pure Spiel das einem die Geschichte "vorliest". In Englisch, aber stimmungsvoll.

Die Grafik ist für die "einfache" Source Engine schon fast unglaublich. Zwar sind Pflanzen wenn man nah ran geht nur 2D, aber das Gesamtbild zeichnet eine wunderschöne Umgebung, die zusammen mit der Musik in Erinnerung bleibt.

Kein Spiel, eine Erfahrung....

English:

Actually bought just for fun, the game impresses with its incredibly good music, feelings and visuals. Unfortunately, short but incredibly well made me end in tears ...

The game can best sort 1st person adventure /exploration category. No puzzles, it's all about life the story. Voice "reads" the story. In English, but atmospheric.

The graphics for the "simple" Source Engine almost unbelievable. Although plants are if you go get close only 2D, but the overall picture paints a beautiful environment that will be remembered along with the music.

Not a game, an experience ....
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1 von 1 Personen (100%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
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Verfasst: 31. Dezember 2014
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99 von 128 Personen (77%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
3 Personen fanden dieses Review lustig
9.5 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 15. November 2014
This is an excellent way to share some time with yourself, in a very intimate way. Only for loners.
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100 von 134 Personen (75%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
1 Person fand dieses Review lustig
4.3 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 10. November 2014
Dear Esther: Games as Art

Up till five years ago, discussions about games as a form of art, were largely considered as non-important. There was a more or less clear distinction between the "higher" arts, and the more "commercial" games, although many of those used elements from several arts (in-game music, often symphonic and with a classical feel to it, being just one example). With the rise of the Indie game-scene around 2010, things started to evolve fast. Since indie-developers are not bound by contracts to large (and indeed often very commercial) publishers, they found themselves in a position where experimenting with the medium of games itself turned into something viable.

One of the almost immediate consequences of this huge shift in focus, was the rise of what many have called since then "artistic games": games as the newest form of art, following in the footsteps of literature, music, architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, cinematography and the likes. This idea has generated some debate during the last five years, but it's still an underrated aspect of gaming. The one game that really stands out as maybe thé flagship of the artistic games, would surely be Dear Esther. Released in February 2012 by the small indie-company The Chinese Room, it made a huge impact on the gaming scene by the radical way in which it changes the entire concept of what a computer game is all about.

In this game there are no "goals" the player has to achieve, there is no such thing as "winning or losing", there is not even the possibility of playing well or badly, or of interacting with the environment. Actually, the gameplay is extremely limited: the player can only walk around on an abandoned island in the Scottish Hebrides in first-person view, with no running, jumping, climbing or crouching as in most first-person games. This immediately gives the game a very leisured pace, which may not be to the liking of everyone. Dear Esther has even been called a "walking simulator" - it's the most prominent of its tags on the Steam store at the moment. But it's nothing like that, in my opinion. Thsi game is not about the physical walk around the - extremely impressive and atmospheric - island. Dear Esther tells another kind of story: a story that happens within the main character, and one that is told with such emotional force that I as a player not only identified myself with the character, but also started to actually FEEL like he does. Now that's a rare experience in any game up till now: the feeling that the entire game, with all its components (visuals, story, music in this case) got under my skin in such a way that I got emotionally involved to a very, very large extent. I won't spoil anything from the story, but it's nothing light-weight to be sure and the game has stayed with me since I first played it three weeks ago.

And there is not really much more to say about this amazing, almost genre-defining piece of art. Actually, the debate may not be if it's a piece of art (most will agree to that), but to whether it's a game or not. To my opinion, it's certainly both, and as such stands proud as one of the prime examples of artistic games that give as rich and rewarding an experience as reading a novel by Daphne du Maurier, looking at a painting by Turner or listening to a sonata by Mozart. But be advised: this gem calls for your complete attention, so headphones and a dark environment are recommended. Especially so since the soundscape the game provides, be it from the howling of the wind to the eerie, haunting music by Jessica Curry, deserves every inch of attention.

Overall score: 9/10
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45 von 68 Personen (66%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
2 Personen fanden dieses Review lustig
1.1 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 2. Januar
Positives:
+ Visually stunning, the scenery is beautiful
+ Enjoyable soundtrack

Negatives:
- Doesn't really feel like a game. The only controls are to turn and move forward, with a zoom feature I never needed to use. There's no interaction at all, you just walk along a mostly railroaded path, with occasional snippets breaking in to tell the story
- The story is somewhat convoluted, and while it makes you think a bit, it didn't really hold my interest enough
- It's extremely short, I finished the game/story in just over an hour

Comments:
The graphics, scenery and sound track are excellent, but I just didn't really enjoy this "game". The lack of any real interaction meant the story would have had to be incredible to really hold my interest, and I didn't find it to be so. That, plus it being incredibly short, mean I can't really recommend Dear Esther.

Overall Rating: 4/10
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34 von 49 Personen (69%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
1.1 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 29. Januar
This game is a gamble. You'll either have a near-life changing emotional experience and come out a changed person, or... you will be bored witless on an otherwise pretty walk on an island. I fell in the latter group unfortunately, and I cannot recommend this game.
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19 von 24 Personen (79%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
1 Person fand dieses Review lustig
1.1 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 15. März
I love this game.
Why? Cause it's unusual. It's not like any other exploration/adventure game i've seen on steam.
You can compare it to book with missing pages and those pages that you have are not in order.
It was so beautiful in term of visual appearance and atmosphere back in 2012.

Dont buy if you are looking for any kind of action and can't spend few hours just walking around this island, slowly unfolding story.
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29 von 46 Personen (63%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
3 Personen fanden dieses Review lustig
2.1 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 3. Januar
10/10 Would walk again. Great syphilis simulator.
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9 von 10 Personen (90%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
1 Person fand dieses Review lustig
1.1 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 11. April
I really enjoyed Dear Esther. Whether it be the beautiful visuals, the powerful ambient music or the in-depth analysis into the human mind. Dear Esther has it all.

I was perplexed upon reaching The Caves, it's truly stunning at what can be achieved within the parameters of the Source engine.

I'd consider this as more of an artistic experience than a game. I found myself questioning so much during my playthrough and for that, I'm thankful for such a wonderful journey.
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17 von 26 Personen (65%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
1 Person fand dieses Review lustig
3.0 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 28. Januar
Well, I finally got around to playing this after years of languishing in my backlog (3 years I think?). Initially, I didnt play it because my computer couldnt handle it and it kept freezing. However, I realized that since I had upgraded my GCU, there was no reason not to, and on maxed out settings no less.

The game is in a word: BEAUTIFUL. Seriously, this might be one of the best looking games if not THE best looking game ever. It's probably a bit messed up, but I kept thinking that this is how Skyrim should have looked (not that Skyrim looked bad). Anyway, I digress. This is actual a mostly linear exploration game, where the story is revealed as you check out locations.

The story itself is the subject of much speculation and debate. One thing that is not debatable is that this isnt exactly a happy story being told, although possibly it has a hopeful ending depending on how you perceive the entirety of the story. I will give my take on that at the end of this review so it wont spoil the game for anybody who doesnt want to read it. It is told in narrative fashion.

The gameplay itself is simply you walking around, looking at stuff. You can zoom in, and that is exactly all your actual gameplay options.Keeps it pretty simple that way.

I mentioned the graphics before, but seriously, the attention to detail, even the minutia of a scene, is fairly well flawless. I can find zero fault with it whatsoever. You will be truly amazed with this aspect of the game in my opinion. There are some really jaw dropping images in this game. If you are curious, take a peak at the 140 or so screenshots I took, lol (but be wary of spoilers in them).

So, that is pretty much it. This game is perfection as far as walking simulator/exploration games go. I've seen nothing better yet. 10/10

Alright, now to the SPOILERS

It is my opinion that our protagonist is a ghost, revisitng his final days, his final regrets, and finally coming to terms with everything. I am of the opinion that, whether or not s/he was actually dead (the voice is male, but the reality of his gender is ambiguous at best), he was at the very least hallucinating and/or in a hospitalized, drug induced state of disorientation. His mind is clearly fractured and I think the people he references (himself, Jacobson, Esther Donnelly) are all parts of his own consciousness. The cause was obviously an auto wreck, although maybe this was just metaphor as well, and I coulnt help but think that he had lost a daughter, which was the source of his wrecked mind.

I dont know though. This story leaves a lot of your own subjective interpretation, which is actually another appealing aspect of this game

SPOILER/REVIEW END.
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19 von 30 Personen (63%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
1 Person fand dieses Review lustig
2.3 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 28. Dezember 2014
It's a pretty game, but that's about all the nice things I can say about it.

There's no real "exploration" when you're almost totally on one path to the end. So a game that took the creators 2 years takes about 2 hours to complete. Only changes that could justify another playthru is dialog changes at certain points. But the story doesn't seem to matter, because there's limited connection between what you're doing and the narration.

The only real mystery is WHO BOUGHT ALL THESE FREAKIN' YANKEE CANDLES?!
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12 von 17 Personen (71%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
1 Person fand dieses Review lustig
1.9 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 15. Februar
When I first saw this game I was astonished by it's scenography and bought it immediately, and I didn't make a mistake!

Graphics 8/10
Scenography and graphics are gorgeous in this game, it's a rather a piece of art, then just what we are used to see. There's some problems with edges (for example: rocks), but those are small things which won't ruin your experience in this game.

Sound 8/10
The music is very relaxing, you can really set your mind free while listening to it, it's oftenly followed by amazing voice acting, which reminds me of one in "The Stanley's Parable".

Gameplay 4/10
There isn't much gameplay here, you just walk around and do some sightseeing without interaction with your environment at all. I don't find it interesting to just walk around, but I guess everyone has their own likes and dislikes.

Story 6/10
The story is pretty short, you can complete it under 2 hours, which is a shame. To be honest, I don't have much to say about it, except that I didn't like it very much, they could write a better story.

Overall experience 7/10
It's a great little game, and I have fun with it, though the story is a little bit short. Everyone should try this game without any doubt.

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7 von 8 Personen (88%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
1 Person fand dieses Review lustig
1.4 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 21. März
Dear Esther is a beautiful, touching, moving experience. It is as some have said, a work of art. As you move through the desolate island alone the story unfolds. The music is excellent too. This isn't a game. It is an experience. I hope that tells you enough to know if it would be for you. It took me a little under an hour and half to take this in. I know you can see my listed playtime but I just wanted to indicate that was how long it took from start to finish.
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8 von 11 Personen (73%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
1 Person fand dieses Review lustig
0.3 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 12. April
I'm not really sure what this is. I'm not usually one to scoff at the proverbial “walking simulator”. Though, this is one seems to be slightly.. almost entirely absent of interaction. Maybe a switch to pull? Even just a simple “let me move with a little, I don't know... motivation button” Even if the motive is.. well, a mystery? Despite a pretty heavy implication that our “dear” Esther is quite dead.

Not to mention that I literally got stuck in the geometry multiple times. I mean, you had one job videogame. Was I not supposed to explore? Don't feel bad for missing out on this one.
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24 von 42 Personen (57%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
1 Person fand dieses Review lustig
1.5 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 29. Dezember 2014
Considering this game is often on sale for dirt-cheap (and included in many humble bundles) it might be worth checking out if you're a fan of atmospheric walking simulator games. However, there are two things I wish I had known going into this title:
1). As many have stated in the reviews, it is art not a game. The only thing you control is movement. There are no puzzles and there is no challenge whatsoever. Because of the limited controls, this leads to my second major problem with the game.
2). It can be agonizingly slow and tedious. I understand thechineseroom's decision not to include a sprint button, as this game is quite short and it would feel out of place. However, a simple fastwalk button (or making Esther walk faster than a drunk snail) would have helped tremendously. At several points in the game, you find yourself at one end of a HUGE plain or cliff that you must traverse to the other. You will also make many wrong turns and have to turn around and re-tread these massive terrains. The game requires a lot of patience and, unfortunately, it fails to deliver.

This game does succeed in its gorgeous visuals (easily the selling-point, oddly enough) and the conventional British narrator. It also has a very open-ended conclusion if that's your sort of thing. But ultimately I find it difficult to recommend Dear Esther as a good game, if it's even a game at all. While I'm not bitter about the dollar I probably spent on this title through a humble bundle, I still want my hour and a half back.
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17 von 30 Personen (57%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
1.2 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 17. Dezember 2014
Interesting experince and a different approach to a story driven game but due to its lack of any interactions and just walking with narration, I cant recommend it for a $10 price tag. I only played through it one time and I've heard that multiple run throughs can bring up some various changes in narration but that doesnt drive me to want to play again. There also was not any payoff at the end, it was far to open ended and didnt seem to have a point. It does look great and the audio is wonderful. Pick it up on a discount.
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6 von 9 Personen (67%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
1.2 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 22. Februar
It's pretentious as hell and I completed it an hour, taking my time along the way. Yet, the ride was enthralling and the feeling I got in the end was rather unique and hard to explain. I generally detest walking simulators but when they're as pretty as this one and the story is told in such a David Lycnhian manner, I am inclined to give it the Thums Up rating.
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7 von 11 Personen (64%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
1 Person fand dieses Review lustig
1.3 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 3. Januar
EAT YOUR HEART OUT GONE HOMO--THIS IS HOW YOU MAKE A WALKING SIMULATOR

For the first time since Metroid Prime I completely stopped for the sole purpose of absorbing the game's environment.

I paused, bathing and breathing deeply from the crisp, sobering seabreeze. I had traversed the shores of a beautiful coastline and earned the enjoyment of examining the island's breadth.

Dilapidated archetecture and magnificent natural formations decorate the island in a constant allegory comparing the shortcomings of human life and spirituality when pitted against the immortality of nature.

It's only and hour and a half though so get it on sale.
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5 von 8 Personen (63%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
5.5 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 30. Dezember 2014
Dear Esther was probably my favorite game - Very relaxing, with beautiful music, great graphics, lovely views and an ending that made me cry (even though I hate to admit it).
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9 von 16 Personen (56%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
1 Person fand dieses Review lustig
0.9 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 16. Januar
It's a self-guided walking tour.

I really can't say I recommend it. This 'game' is not for everyone, it's far more an art piece than a game. It was an interesting experience, the graphics were lush and lovely, too. It looks like someone put a lot of love and time into this. A nice try at trying something new and different.

However, it just seemed like it needed more to do in it. It's a walking sim. You walk around an a path, and listen to narration... that's about it. If you expect more, prepare for disappointment. I really wanted to interact with the beautiful environment. You can look, but not touch. I played through it once, maybe I'll play it again some day, but I'm not so sure it has any replayability. I do recommend getting this on sale, but not at full price.
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