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The Vanishing of Ethan Carter





The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a first-person story-driven mystery game that focuses entirely on exploration and discovery. It contains no combat or explosions of any kind. If our game leaves any scars, we hope you won’t be able to see them.

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The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a first-person story-driven mystery game that focuses entirely on exploration and discovery. It contains no combat or explosions of any kind. If our game leaves any scars, we hope you won’t be able to see them.

You play the game as Paul Prospero, an occult-minded detective who receives a disturbing letter from Ethan Carter. Realizing the boy is in grave danger, Paul arrives at Ethan’s home of Red Creek Valley, where things turn out to be even worse than he imagined. Ethan has vanished in the wake of a brutal murder, which Paul quickly discerns might not be the only local murder worth looking into.

Inspired by the weird fiction (and other tales of the macabre) from the early twentieth century, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter aims to significantly evolve immersive storytelling in games. While it features a private detective and quite a few mental challenges, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is not an especially puzzle-ridden game. Our focus is on atmosphere, mood, and the essential humanity of our characters.

Still, the discoveries won’t happen on their own, or without your help. Using both Paul’s supernatural skill of being able to communicate with the dead, and your own powers of observation, you will discover the mystery behind a trail of corpses, the roots of a dark ancient force lurking in Red Creek Valley, and the fate of a missing boy.

Key Features:

  • Explore and interact with the beautiful yet ominous world of Red Creek Valley, which was created with the use of revolutionary photogrammetry technology that allows for nearly photorealistic environments.

  • Communicate with the dead and see how they died in order to gather clues that help you piece together the truth behind Ethan’s disappearance -- and the fate of his family.

  • Experience, in non-linear fashion, a story that combines the pleasures of pulp, private eye, and horror fiction, all of it inspired by writers such as Raymond Chandler, Algernon Blackwood, Stefan Grabinski, and H. P. Lovecraft.

  • Conduct the investigation on your own terms and at your own pace. Although there are a few scary bits in the game, players will have no need for sedatives. Our game is less about terror and more about clammy unease.

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THQ Nordic
The Astronauts
THQ Nordic
Thursday, September 25, 2014
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Minimum Requirements
  • OS: WindowsXP SP3 or higher
  • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo or equivalent AMD
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: DirectX9c compliant card with 512MB of VRAM
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Hard Drive: 9 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX9c compliant
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Reviews for The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

This Game was one of my First Walking Simulators.

I played this game with zero expectations. The Graphics are wonderful and detailed. The Story is wonderful and I love the mystery stuff in this Game. The Game takes a huge factor in exploration and discovery. It contains no combat or explosions of any kind. Red Creek Valley looks perfect and even when the Game is "only" 8 Hours long it was a nice little journey. The only Question of the Story is: "What happened to Ethan Carter?" It's Great!

Great Game!

This game was beautiful and I really liked it a lot. The story line seemed a bit odd at first but as you move through the story, you get more interested in the story itself and it makes you start questioning yourself to try to decode the mysteries that were in the game. The more you play it, it makes you want more. The game wasn't too long but the puzzles were very interesting and it may take some time to figure out these puzzles and getting use to it. The game is much more than a walking simulator. The story unfolds as you explore the surroundings: it's the tragic story of a boy called Ethan that has gone missing. Playing the role of the detective Paul, you embark on this mysterious adventure of finding the boy. On the road you discover different clues and solve different murder cases associated to his disappearance, by using of your supernatural ability to sense things. The story has a way of keeping you interested until the end, with unexpected events along the way. The ending is not predictable, although not out of the ordinary either; but it's the kind of ending you least expect to have.

Stunning graphics, great story

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a beautiful game of exploration. You are a detective wielding paranormal powers to help you find the missing Ethan. First of all, I have to say this is a stunning game with beautiful landscapes. The sound effects and music in the game match the breathtaking visuals to create an amazing atmosphere. I found the puzzles frustrating at first but when I proceeded to solve them my mind was usually blown, especially in that one magical illusory house. The mechanics in the game that you use as a detective are a nice touch. What's awesome about the beautiful world of The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is that it drives you to explore it. In order to proceed in the game you have to research every little clue and explore everything while appreciating the realistic world design. Another reason why I liked the game was that you get the Redux version of the game for absolutely free when you buy the regular game. This is awesome as the Redux adds a player controlled save system and polishes the game even further. The game was a bit too short for my personal liking - I completed it in about 5 hours and the replay value is really not there. But I did enjoy the short and simple story, the ending was very beautiful as well. I would definitely recommend this game.

It was okay, I guess?

The graphics of this game are great.... but that's about it. It doesn't really offer much and I got bored of it almost immediately, maybe I didn't get far enough into the story but I did spend a long time admiring the amazing graphics. All in all I'd probably say its okay to give this one a miss since it is quite boring.

Great visuals, boring game

You probably will feel attracted to the game if you check some screenshots. The visuals are so astonishing it should caught your attention from the very beginning. The fact is, Vanishing of Ethan Carter has great visuals, but its world is kind of empty. It is not the same creating an empty world like this than creating a game like, let's say, Grand Theft Auto. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter has more to do with walking simulators than classic first person adventure games. The whole game is divided into different areas featuring a big puzzle you have to picture by moving objects and interacting with some scenario elements. Once you've done it you revive some memories and move forward (or backward, since its world is kind of open) to your next destination. I lost my interest on the story and the game itself mid-game and just wanted to complete it and forget about the game. It gave me some interesting features, but it wasn't enough. I understand some people praising it, but I'm not one of those.

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