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Dear Esther

by Mr. Sunabouzu

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Original Thread: It's a Let's Play double feature! (Clock Tower/Dear Esther)


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What's going on here?

Hi there! I'm Mr. Sunabouzu and in this thread we're going to be playing an old PSX game called Clock Tower and a Half-Life 2 mod called Dear Esther! You can find more info on each game below!

How are the videos set up?

Both games are going to be subtitled. Clock Tower will be me explaining game mechanics, but Dear Esther is going to be actual subtitles of the games' narritive.

Double Feature? These games have nothing in common.

No they don't. Dear Esther is very short though, and not many people can stomach to play it because of it's faults. Dear Esther is more of a bonus feature, the emphasis is on Clock Tower. Besides, i've got a fun contest planned in regards to this.

Official Description

A deserted island... a lost man... memories of a fatal crash... a book written by a dying explorer. Dear Esther is a ghost story told using first-person gaming technologies. Rather than traditional gameplay, the focus here is on exploration, uncovering the mystery of the island, of who you are and why you are here. Fragments of story are randomly triggered by moving around the environments, making every telling unique. Features a stunning, specially commissioned soundtrack. Forget the normal rules of play; if nothing seems real here, it's because it may just be all a delusion. What is the significance of the aerial - What happened on the motorway - is the island real or imagined - who is Esther and why has she chosen to summon you here? The answers are out there, on the lost beach and the tunnels under the island. Or then again, they may just not be, after all...

Mr. Sunabouzu's Explanation

Dear Esther is weird. There's no gameplay, it's an experimental game where you listen to a narrative while exploring. And, for some reason, it's really good. The voice acting is absolutely top-notch, and the musical score is hauntingly good. I love Dear Esther for it's story, and how fresh it is. There are problems though, sometimes the music drowns out the narrator, and you can very easily get lost. But thats why i'm lets playing it! There are subtitles for the narrator so even if you can't hear him, you still know whats going on, and I know where to go!

Table of Contents:

Dear Esther:

1. Donnelly: Blip | Viddler
2. Jacobson: Blip | Viddler
3. Esther: Blip | Viddler
4. Paul: Blip | Viddler
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