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Dear Esther

Dear Esther review

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4 months ago

The Humble Caffeine Bundle is full of games worth staying up late for

Today's Humble Caffeine Bundle is chock full of very good games for very little money, but a little hard to categorise. United under the banner of Caffeine - a "social broadcasting platform for gaming", not the life-giving stimulant - there's eight games here, each one representing a wildly different genre. We've got the Metroidy Headlander, platform roguelike Gonner, party game tank shooter Treadnauts, a historical…

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2 years ago

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture devs hang up their walking boots

The Chinese Room, the studio behind Everybody's Gone to the Rapture and Dear Esther as well as Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, have laid off their development team and are "going dark" for a bit while they figure out "what happens next". Financial and personal pressures were too much, see, so they're taking a break. When they come back, they say, it won't be to…

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Dear Esther’s Landmark Edition wandering out Tuesday

The 'Landmark Edition' of seminal walky story Dear Esther [official site] will launch tomorrow, developers The Chinese Room have announced. It's basically the same game, but remade in the Unity engine with a few tweaks and a director's commentary. It'll be free for everyone who already owns the original Dear Esther, and it sounds like it'll be separate rather than strictly an 'update', preserving that…

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3 years ago

Dear Esther Landmark Edition Brings PC Improvements

It's been a good four years since the remake of Dear Esther [official site] took us to a spooky-ooky Hebridean island but we're going a-wandering again soon. Remastered audio, an audio commentary from its makers, and more are coming our way thanks to a new version created for Dear Esther's console release as a 'Landmark Edition' - which will be a free update on PC.

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Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture PC Confirmed, Coming Soon

Everybody's Gone to the Rapture [official site], the latest from Dear Esther and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs developers The Chinese Room, is finally heading to PC. I spoke to studio head Dan Pinchbeck earlier this week and he told me that the completed PC port has now been delivered to Sony, who will be acting as publishers. Sony's role means they'll be responsible for…

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Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture May Be Steam-Bound

It always seemed likely that The Chinese Room's The-Archers-Do-The-Apocalypse follow up to Dear Esther would get a PC release eventually, both given that it was originally planned to before Sony waved a bunch of cash at them and because PC is surely its most natural home. However, the extent of Sony's involvement created a great deal of doubt about whether they'd possibly de-exclusify it. Earlier…

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5 years ago

Self-Interviewing Devs: Proteus And “Walking Simulators”

I've discovered a novel way to conduct interviews: tweet vaguely about something you're interested in, then wait for two game designers you like and respect to have a chat about it and send you the logs. I carefully laid my bait: "I use 'walking simulator' warmly and earnestly. I adore walking around looking at stuff and reflecting. Walking is great! Sim it to the max."…

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The Old City Is Mysterious, Narrated With Shatnerian Flair

As I watched early but surprisingly polished footage of The Old City, I was stricken by a few standout qualities: 1) it's a very handsomely atmospheric game, wreathed in glittering flecks of Dishonored and Half-Life, 2) there are dying whales and I feel very bad for them, and 3) the narrator delivers his lines with the stop-go car crash thunderstorm cadence of William Shatner. The narrator…

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Dear Esther, Mirror’s Edge Artist Goes To Valve

Valve might prefer to be extra super special secret quiet about it, but they do, in fact, still make games. And games, well, they tend to be more enjoyable when they're easy on the eyes. Now that I have cracked the eons-old mystery of Why Games Have Graphics, let's get down to business: Valve has scooped up Mirror's Edge and Dear Esther gorgeous vista warlock…

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Complimenti, Bella Atmosfera: Forgive Me

I'm firing blind to some degree here, as 1) the trailer's in Italian 2) the website's poorly translated and 3) the demo they sent me a) isn't made public yet and b) doesn't include much more than going for a walk. However 1) That and the cheesy music reminds me of Inspector Montalbano 2) well, this one's no bastion of English grammar either 3) a)…

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6 years ago

Goodness: Humble Bundle 8 Has Hotline Miami, Proteus

You know, I never really thought about it before, but I think Proteus and Hotline Miami are videogame inverses. One's about languidly strolling around a neon-bubblegum dreamscape paradise while the other's about blink-and-you'll-be-on-the-receiving-end-of-it murder in an entirely different kind of neon-bubblegum dreamscape "paradise". They are one anther's bizarro twin, eternally opposed but forever intertwined. Also, they're in the latest Humble Indie Bundle together, which is…

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Mario And Dear Esther Walk Into An Absinthe Bar: Spate

Spate looks positively bonkers. I mean that both in terms of the gloriously bizarre sensibilities that peer - with one lidless, unblinking eye - from the depths of its island's mysterious nethers and the relative sanity of its grief-stricken main character. He's a noir detective who's dealing with the death of his daughter, so he's taken up a powerful absinthe habit to numb the pain.…

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Mirror’s Edge, Skyrim, More To Get Oculus Rift Support

I preemptively think I'm gonna be sick. Don't get me wrong: there are few things in this world I want more than Oculus Rift virtual reality for my mad dash through Mirror's Edge's theme park of parkour, but now that it's probably going to happen, I realize that I should probably bid farewell to any lunches I've had in the past couple months. And who…

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7 years ago

Esther In The Headlights: Dear Esteban

This is the very first time that you have been here before. The whales are watching you. They know what you did. What did you do? Ask the whales but they won't tell you because they are silent. Mysteriously silent. You probably killed someone and it might have been an accident but there's almost definitely blood on your hands or lipstick on your collar, or…

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Dear Esther’s Briscoe Teases “STALKER-like” Project

Speaking to Joe Martin, the artist behind the fabulously-pretty island of Dear Esther, Robert Briscoe, has announced he's embarking on a one-man project of formidable ambition. Here's the quote: "I fancy doing something on my own, something entirely of my own creation. Dear Esther was a great project...[but] this time around? I've always had this idea in my head of this sort of open-world, STALKER-like…

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Dear Succesther: Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture

Dear Esther's brilliantly amorphous plot made me feel like I'd hit my head and - for the same reason that television's left me deathly afraid of light flicks on the forehead or especially hard rainfall - acquired horribly debilitating amnesia. That, however, is probably where the similarities between Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs and Dear Esther end, so thechineseroom's also giving its more experimental spirit…

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