Dear Esther isn't a game. I'm not even really sure what it is - it's fairly hard to describe. There's no real gameplay or rules. You can't interact with the world at all. The only thing I can say for certain is that it's an engaging experience.
Dear Esther is a mod for Half Life 2 which puts the player in the shoes of a man who is currently stranded on an island. The nature of the incident which left him stranded is vague. Strange markings line the walls. A narrator starts describing your journey as you walk along, but it quickly becomes about more than your travels. A sense of regret and loneliness fills the level. Moving forward brings a sense of psychological dread I had rarely experienced in a game.
The game layers a mysterious narrative and level design into a different type of experience. The level weaves in and out of the story in exciting ways. They meld into this experience full of psychological terror and palpable dread. The narration is the level is the story.
Why You Should Check This Out: A sense of encroaching dread stalks you while you slowly uncover the secrets behind the story. If you're into the more cerebral brand of horror, Dear Esther won't disappoint. It's level design informs the narrative, which intertwine in interesting ways.
[size=12](Requires Steam, Install Instructions in Zip)[/size]