Half-Life 2 Mod — Dear Esther
Here is an award-winning, critically-acclaimed classic originally launched in 2008 and currently being rebuilt.
Dear Esther is an experimental, first person ghost story told through the Source engine. Rather than traditional gameplay, the focus here is on exploration, atmosphere, 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 play-through unique.
Watch this promo video to get a sense of the depth, story, and atmosphere:
It’s a shame that the video is choppy, but the narration and musical score more than makes up for it.