Best of 2012

Poor year, but some great indie surprises.

(Also, why does this site suck?)

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  • It's hard to imagine a more beautiful game. Dear Esther is a meditative experience whose absence in narrative momentum and interactivity should make it the least enjoyable game ever, but it's not. The beautiful vistas, haunting mysteries, soothing score, and poetic narration create an atmospheric experience wholly unique and remarkable. Dear Esther paces itself in such a way that you run a gamete of emotion: awe, anxiety, curiosity, fear, and melancholy. The game is an evocative mystery making even basic question such as character identities and the placement of key mysteries within the story an abstract ambiguity, entire communities have banded together to try and solve the riddles and failed to come to a concise answer. Dear Esther is the more pure form of art, perhaps the pivotal example of games as art; each person takes away their own meaning from the deeply personal experience, each equally valid yet completely unique.