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The Vanishing of Ethan Carter






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
  • 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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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.

Great graphics, but thats about it.

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter looks great but thats about all it has going for it. There are some things you should know. First, it is extremely short (took me 4 hours and I did ALOT of backtracking and got confused several times). The story is bad as is the voice acting. The puzzles are confusing and are so convoluted that you often wonder how the game creator thought you would ever figure it out. If you just want a pretty environment to walk around in and dont care about actually playing the game as it was meant to be played, then you might enjoy this. If you are looking for a good game though, look elsewhere.

Beatiful adventure game.

I don't remember when there was adventure game which had so beatiful graphics. To the addition of amazing graphics there are kind of melancholic music. And what's more, it isn't the only features that feels like masterpiece - it's also STORY. Short but really enjoyable. Puzzles aren't hard, so they won't stop you at any point of game, so you wil lbe able to smoothly enjoy it from beggining to end. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter shows that adventure games can still surprise gamers with many things. You can't miss that. If you love adventure games then it's a must play for you.

playfully and intriguing

It's hard to understand how Bulletstorm designers have given such a turn, having a first title so different, so unique, so special. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is also a game that does not lead the player's hand. We are "loose" in that beautiful and remote location without a guide, with very little information, and we are responsible for popular our fully journal a journal, moreover, that has to be in our minds and is not available at all in the game, through hotkeys or menus. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter So maybe the adventure has to be viewed with calm, in homeopathic doses. Perhaps the game of the problem is the fact that the space between a checkpoint and another is over, which ends up complicating things a bit when we want to look at all really easy. Progress is only saved after the scenes Prospero investigates and revive, right chronology. If in the meantime, for any reason, we decide to stop playing, well, you know. The game is full of written notes, notes always add a few more details to the mystery surrounding Red Creek Valley. Details that may even go unnoticed if we are not careful. It is indeed a game of exploration, a great suspenseful game with drives graphics that, after all, end up functioning as a huge motivating factor. I always have the impression that most unmissable beauties appear after the next lot, after double the next corner. conclusion The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a spectacular game of exploration and research. Amid various supernatural events , the search for a missing boy is initiated by a detective endowed with paranormal powers . Drives graphics and breathtaking landscapes , as well as music and sound effects first , are tools that are very helpful in immersion. The developer did not hold his hand , creating one of the most interesting titles , unique and neat in recent times.

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