There is a fine line between being mystifyingly cryptic and obnoxiously obtuse. Unfortunately, Dear Esther is the latter, with its randomized story instead of delivering a multitude of different experiences presents you but with one — one that makes no sense regardless of what blabber you’re exposed to. Still, it’s somewhat of a novel attempt at a game, and the writing is nice as far as prose is concerned, so it’s not all bad.
|Beautiful visuals||Almost no context to the whole story|
|Obtuse randomized messages that are supposed to hint at the plot are nearly impossible to follow|
|All you ever do is walk forward|