5Dear Esther

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.

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Kim's been into video games since playing Dizzy on her brother's Commodore 64 as a wee nipper. She'll give just about anything a go, but she's got a soft spot for story-driven adventures and open world escapades. If she's not gaming, she's probably cooing over pictures of baby animals or watching re-runs of Friends for the 137th time.