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Posted 12:15pm on Mon 13 February 2012
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The beauty of Dear Esther is that it raises questions about content rather than mechanics.

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After reading this review I am still non-the-wiser as to what this title is, what it's trying to do, how you even 'play' it or really anything concrete about it. This is the single most confusing piece of writing I've ever read. Every single piece of information is pretty much followed by a contradiction or de-clarification. It makes no sense.

The only way this game/thing would even get in my door is if it is totally free, and even then only if someone put it on my computer for me. Based on what I see here there is very little to go on. It's a story you make up yourself based on bits of information fired at you as you wander round aimlessly. That's about all I got from it.

9/10? I'd give it 3/10 for the review itself but as far the title itself. I have no idea.
Posted 6:10pm on Mon 13 February 2012
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"It's a story you make up yourself based on bits of information fired at you as you wander round aimlessly."

Yeah I think that pretty much sums it up. The point is HOW the game executes on that simple-sounding idea. From the sound of the reviews pouring in, it must do that in a pretty compelling way.

For a little perspective, here's the IMDB tagline for Citizen Kane:
"Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance."

Doesn't sound like much to me. And yet because of HOW that story is told, the film is considered to have defined modern movies, much to the chagrin of those who pined for the days of films based on the thinking of theatre.
Posted 10:20am on Tue 14 February 2012
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One of the biggest things that will stop me playing this is that apparently you cant be told anything about the story without ruining it. Nothing. It's like seeing a book with no cover, no foreword, prologue or any kind of information at all. It's a story on a deserted island is what the review says. Thats it? Where's the incentive? Sure the boxart/tagline itself says more about the game than was revealed in the review?

It's potluck so far, at least citizen kane sets the scene!
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