Dear Esther is often said to be the first ‘walking simulator’; any similar game that has come after it is often considered to be inspired by it. True or not, Dear Esther is still an important game in the genre, and one that set a very high bar in terms of visual and production value.
Dear Esther tasks you with exploring a quiet and mysterious island from a first-person perspective. You have no idea who you are, or why you’re there. The only story that plays out is told by a narrator, whose voice kicks in as you pass certain points in the environment. It’s a story shrouded in mystery, and right up until the end, it’s never quite clear what’s going on. A beautiful environment to wander around certainly helps this short experience to be one of the best walking simulator games on PS4.