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Seeing as we can’t post to the old thread:

http://archive.adventuregamers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=30387&highlight=esther

I thought I’d start a new one for this wonderful game. Smile

Also worth mentioning that the Mac version has just been released and the Linux version is in development. Smile

     
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I think the word Game is stretching the truch somewhat.

It’s georgous, but there ain’t no gameplay.

     

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let’s not open that up again….

i will agree that it’s gorgeous and it definitely has interesting elements other game developers should really check and use in upcoming games.afterall thechineseroom studio is lead by a guy with more than 15 papers published.in fact anyone can read those papers in a link inside their homepage.

     
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I bought this off Steam for $4.99 when that was available, quite keen to check it out. I think the interactive movie thing really attracted me, along with the multiple endings (?)

     

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Jubilee - 21 May 2012 07:50 PM

I bought this off Steam for $4.99 when that was available, quite keen to check it out. I think the interactive movie thing really attracted me, along with the multiple endings (?)

No multiple endings. But each time you play the game, some details change. Some of the narrator’s lines are different, there may be new objects in the environment, stuff like that.

I love Dear Esther. So far the best and most meaningful game experience I had this year.

     

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Fien - 21 May 2012 11:59 PM

I love Dear Esther. So far the best and most meaningful game experience I had this year.

Can’t argue with that. Grin

 

     
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To me Dear Esther was like playing an interactive painting. In no way a “game”, but unquestionably art.

     

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I went through it once and while it was beautiful and interesting I don’t really think it as a game either. If I go again someday I will be sure to pick a time when I’m not in a hurry or otherwise restless. At least the first time through I didn’t find it a life changing experience so I guess I missed something Wink.

     

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I think that many people are getting too hung up on whether to define it as a ‘game’ or not.

It doesn’t really matter - it’s an experience, and to some, a wonderful one.

     
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I just bought and started this on a whim. It certainly is beautiful so far, but no one is arguing that point!

     

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Er, ten minutes into the game and already pretty bored. I’m still hopeful, though. But I don’t see any save option. Is there anyway to save your progress into each chapter?

     

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Quicksave F6, load F7. Hopeful of what, exactly? If you’re already bored after ten minutes, the best thing you can do is stop playing.

     

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Fien - 07 June 2012 05:28 PM

Quicksave F6, load F7. Hopeful of what, exactly? If you’re already bored after ten minutes, the best thing you can do is stop playing.

That might be true, but I hate to not finish a game once I’ve started. Since I’m not too impressed with the first ten minutes, all I can hang on to now is hope that it hooks me if I keep playing longer.

ETA: Overall I am enjoying it; it just seems at times to be an awful lot of walking before you are rewarded with an audio clip to keep your interest. I realize that exploration is the point, and the environments to exquisitely detailed, but sometimes I get a bit bored with looking at everything while I continue to wait for the narrator to pipe up again.

And although I enjoy the narrator’s voice, I’m afraid I am not terribly familiar with some of his vernacular. There seem to be some turns of phrase that are not used in american english, and so his meaning is lost on me. But only with pretty minor things, so it certainly hasn’t ruined my experience.

But again, for the most part I really am enjoying myself. It is absolutley gorgeous to look at, and the hauntingly beautiful music sets the tone so perfectly.

     

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Oh, and thanks for the info about saving and loading

     

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I did heed all the warnings about it being an ‘interactive movie’ and everything but really, it wasn’t even interactive. It was just a big ambiguous and symbolic poem for me. Beautiful game but personally I think there should have been at least a little bit of interaction. With the $10 price tag I think it is definitely overpriced, seeing as it only takes 1 hour to go through the journey.

     

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Jubilee - 07 June 2012 11:52 PM

I did heed all the warnings about it being an ‘interactive movie’ and everything but really, it wasn’t even interactive. It was just a big ambiguous and symbolic poem for me. Beautiful game but personally I think there should have been at least a little bit of interaction. With the $10 price tag I think it is definitely overpriced, seeing as it only takes 1 hour to go through the journey.

If it wasn’t interactive like you said, you could just sit back and watch. Else, its interactive.

     

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