The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a first-person story-driven mystery. Purchase this game to get both the original and the Unreal Engine 4 remaster called The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Redux.
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Release Date: Sep 25, 2014

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“A story told with a level of cleverness and elegance rarely seen in games.”
9/10 – GameSpot

“Leaves you with several amazing memories; moments that you will want to talk to your friends about for hours.”
9/10 – EuroGamer

“One of the best games of the year.”
9/10 – US Gamer

About This Game

GOOD NEWS EVERYONE: By purchasing the game, you actually get two games now: 1) The original The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, 2) The Unreal Engine 4 remaster called The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Redux. Please see this link for details.

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.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo or equivalent AMD
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX11 compliant card with 1GB of VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 9 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX9c compliant
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whodatlikedat
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
This game is super atmospheric and the plot is really gripping
From what I can tell so far anyways
I haven't played much cuz I'm a wimp and I get scared.
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More8
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
I personally was disappointed in this game. Another example how the masses love something that if you are looking for unique experiences you should not follow the masses... The game has got gorgeous visuals and atmosphere and some unique style gameplay elements and storytelling but the cake is only pretty on the outside, for me at least. There is a buildup of tension and atmosphere here towards a 'great' mystery which halfway starts to turn into as inspiring as the dev. teams previous games; the painkiller series.. Sure if you find Star Wars the force awakens or the rebooted Star Trek franchises 'inspiring' then I'm willing to bet you be wondering what's my problem with this game as for you it's got very unique and lovely way of being. But if you are not the person who accepts the norm as default and sometimes, just to break the mundane that we so often enjoy otherwise, you wish to try something truly different, you will not in my opinion find it here other than by presentation. The beginning is great though as you are given a taste of something that seems like it's going to turn out different than what we've seen before. This game is short too.. If Alan Wake had these graphics and sounds, it would trump all over this one, despite not being that original in itself either. Still that is a more balanced experience over this one in my opinion. This game had sooo much potential, wish they had followed it through.
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sistemleon
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
awesome story
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r4in
( 7.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
So you CAN have fun without shooting anybody! Who knew?
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Flower_Bunny
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
A very good story driven game. It is pretty short, but worth it.
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Wohlfe
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
This is, hands down, the best "walking simulator" out there. The graphics are gorgeous, the writing is delightful and full of emotional turns, the puzzles are logical and just the right length, there's plenty of secrets to find, and you get lots of quality game time out of your investment. This is what every "art game" should aspire to be. My only complaint is that the cards take a little longer to drop than it does to find everything in the game (at least for me).
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Blood-Brain
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
Welcome to walking simulator!

Just to be clear, i like walking simulators, that includes decent gameplay and good story behind it. And by good walking simulator i mean real life. Who want to spend their own money just to walk around stupid forest and unravel badly designed puzzles? Morons like you! Yes! Im pointing my finger at you people, because its true!
Game was created on Unreal Engine 4, which is a good move. But, it was horribly made. So consider this a spit in a face. Developers like that and you should too.
People put more effort in a ♥♥♥♥ing picture rather game. I feel betrayed and humiliated by those ♥♥♥♥♥♥ developers. Also they put slowpaced gameplay for a reason, because without slow movement and other stuff it will be worth 15 minutes!

1/10 I gave 1 point for cool picture
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Dojan
( 6.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
Would I recommend this game to you? Thats depends on what typ of game you are looking for. If you are looking for a puzzel game, I wouldnt recommend the game but if you are looking for a good story I would
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Dromar
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
It's a pretty game but lacks content. Avoid unless you see it for $5.
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July
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
When I bought the game, I started playing at first the Redux version. As soon as the game started, my laptop had a stroke because of the default quality of the game, so I started again on Safe Mode and managed to change the settings to medium, so it was playable.

After I finished the game, I wanted to try the normal game and my experience was the same, since I played it again on medium quality, the only improvement was the loading time at the beginning of the game.

I have a Lenovo T430 with an NVidia card integrated, so, if you’re like me, I suggest you go for the normal game, you’ll end up with the same experience, the only difference is that in the Redux version you’ll have shortcuts to backtrack at the end of the game, and in the normal version you need to walk all over again (takes more or less 15~20-minute walk if you know exactly where you need to go).
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Moogy
( 6.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
I spent more time looking at the scenary than solving the "puzzles" Not a bad thing for this type of game. Took about 6 hours to complete with all achievements. It's more a story than a game but I loved it. Looks amazing too.

Only advice I'd give, don't worry about missing stuff (achievements) you can go back at the end and fill in the gaps.

Just take a stroll and enjoy the view ......
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buttercup the death dealer
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 22
Very pretty but completely unintuitive past the first 30 minutes. Got stuck multiple times then fed up. Would not recommend.
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9centwhore
( 9.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 21
Gorgeous game visually, with an equally excellent score that matches the tone of whatever's happening in game perfectly, and excellent story that all wraps up to make sense at the end.
It's fairly short and has limited replay value but if you see this on special grab it.
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Sub-0NT
( 9.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 21
Very solid and extremely well narrated 1rd person explorer game, it is very reminiscent of Dear Esther, beautiful graphics and very immersive. One back draw, it is quite short, 9 hours at best with all puzzles solved and all secrets found.
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LacedHit
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 20
I’ve only played the Redux version but it is visually beautiful. The story is also captivating and original leaving me eager to press on and learn more. The game is technically short but progression can go slow depending how fast you solve and discover things (Took me about 7 hours). Also, the feeling of being in the dark and confused is real and made for a suspenseful and curious game.
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Niko
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 20
Sale Recommendation: -20% Off.

This is a visual masterpiece. The gameplay is almost entirely linear. There's a movie I could liken this game to on so many levels, but in doing so, would also spoil the ending, proceed with caution... Pan's Labyrinth
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Cas
( 13.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 20
awesome! :D
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Tsunnen
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 20
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is that kind of game that gets you from the moment it starts until it ends.

The story, the events prior to the game and the locations you visit feels like something else, it feels special and unlike anything you may have experienced. The mystery that surrounds everything is so thick you can almost grab it.
The graphics are great but the immersion and the atmosphere is astonishing. I really liked the way the story is unfolded and the conclusion is dumbfounding.

Please give this game a chance if you're looking to play a narrative game.

Paul Prospero/10
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SOTBMP
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 20
No place is truly quiet, and nowhere is really ordinary.

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter isn't just a game, it's an experience.
Beautiful, photorealistic graphics makes it even more memorable.
If you haven't had play it yet - give it a try.
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Fluffy Tail Toucher
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 18
I played the redux version

+Just Beautiful. Seriously stunning landscapes.
+Some interesting puzzle mechanics that enhance the storytelling.
+Story is... cool I guess. I thought it was kind of boring at first then I chased an astronaut through the woods and realized I was in for a ride.
+You can get trading cards for the base game and the redux!

-You better like the landscape, because most of the time all you're doing is looking at it as you wander around looking for the next puzzle.
-Seriously there's a lot of wandering and some of the areas are very open. If you take the time to explore everything it just makes the game take that much longer, and the areas that aren't puzzles are empty of anything to find.
-The puzzles are interesting but not difficult.
-Contains a jumpscare puzzle that I was not aware of beforehand, though it's not that bad. You'll know when you get there.

I did like it, but I don't know if I 20 bucks liked it. Get it on sale.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
One of the best games I've ever played
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
In the end you will be disappointed.

I don't know where to start on this one. I remember some early marketing describing greatness of the game, telling that the game location's are based on existing ones. And that the story and the gameplay is nothing more and nothing less but eerie fairy tale everyone should experience. I had my hopes quite high, I bloody adore adventure games. But eh, it's not that simple with this one. And I'm not one of these who drool over 60FPS and 4K somethin' stuff.

I pay more attention to the story, it's the most important part of adventure game. It needs to keep you going, to keep you engaged, so you want to solve yet another puzzle and push things forward. Well, Vanishing of Ethan Carter does fail here - the story starts interesting and the fact that you aren't meant to meet anyone on your way to solve the riddle leaves you up with your thoughts. You keep wondering what exactly happened there, in Red Creek Valley, and eventually you are disappointed. Because the ending is cliché as hell.
It's worth playing once, but this is not a tale you will remember. A rather short, 4 hours movie.

On the other hand - grahpics are really good. I can't help but think that this is a bit of waste, considering how amazing would it be to implement them into some full size RPG game. I mean - this is the world you want to discover and explore - but there is not much to do. It's a bit linear game with great atmosphere. But that's all.

My final rating? - 6/10

+ Falling leaves.
+ Easy and short. May be perfect for people who prefer 'tell-a-tale' games.

- The story. Why Ethan, why?
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
I personally was disappointed in this game. Another example how the masses love something that if you are looking for unique experiences you should not follow the masses... The game has got gorgeous visuals and atmosphere and some unique style gameplay elements and storytelling but the cake is only pretty on the outside, for me at least. There is a buildup of tension and atmosphere here towards a 'great' mystery which halfway starts to turn into as inspiring as the dev. teams previous games; the painkiller series.. Sure if you find Star Wars the force awakens or the rebooted Star Trek franchises 'inspiring' then I'm willing to bet you be wondering what's my problem with this game as for you it's got very unique and lovely way of being. But if you are not the person who accepts the norm as default and sometimes, just to break the mundane that we so often enjoy otherwise, you wish to try something truly different, you will not in my opinion find it here other than by presentation. The beginning is great though as you are given a taste of something that seems like it's going to turn out different than what we've seen before. This game is short too.. If Alan Wake had these graphics and sounds, it would trump all over this one, despite not being that original in itself either. Still that is a more balanced experience over this one in my opinion. This game had sooo much potential, wish they had followed it through.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
First of all, the most important thing about this game: It's a WALKING SIMULATOR.
It's something you should definitely know about before you decide to purchase it. What do I mean with this term? The game has very little interaction ond the gameplay is limited to walking around, touching an occasional item or reading some notes. But most of the time, you're just walking, looking at absolutely gorgeous landscapes. .

I have nothing against games, where you don't fight or which simply aren't very dynamic - one of my absolutely favourite games is Amnesia: The Dark Descent, and truth be told, I expected something at least remotely similar with Vanishing of Ethan Carter. Maybe not so dark, but with a similar level of interaction, story unraveling slowly by notes, letters or diaries, and the element of threat, which you can't fight directly. Found neither of these of course - there is little you can do in the world of the game, and the puzzles are either nonexistent, or very, very easy and linear. There were parts of the game which I completed without even trying to think about them - just touched the only interactive object around or followed something. So, is the game challenging? No, definitely not.

The story is something, that should be the strongest point of such game. When you can't do much with the world and objects, there is no threat of any kind and no people to interact with (the game doesn't have a single npc, apart from watching the cutscenes from the past), it is the story's role to keep the player invested. And unfortunately, the game failed for me even here. The story, while it has its strong points and seems quite intriguing, definitely inspired by H.P. Lovecraft, isn't really mindblowing. Storytelling is rather clumsy, closed in few cutscenes <SPOILERS AHEAD> where the character witnesses the murders of various people or listens to short dialogues between Ethan and his family. The characters are the weakest point of the story in my opinion - they appear to be very, very flat. A mean older brother, ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ uncle, timid father... they are all just black and white trophies, with rather questionable relationships. It's obvious that player should sympathize with Ethan, who is nice and likes to write stories, while his unkind, ignorant or cruel relatives are supposed to be the antagonists. It's a very naive sort of a story, even with a nice twist at the end, I wouldn't call it well-written or interesting. <END OF SPOILERS>

What about positives? Well, the game is absolutely breathtaking. Beautiful locations, great atmosphere, a load of details showing the effort that was put into building the world... a lot of elements just makes the game visually gorgeous. There were many places where I just stood and looked at around, completely enchanted by how amazingly it all looks like. Music is almost a spiritual experience, it fits the locations and scenes perfectly, not to mention how beautiful it is on its own. Atmosphere, created by both visuals and music is the strongest point of the game for my opinion. Walking around the forest near the town or exploring the vale with the lake is a great experience, I was absolutely amazed by these locations and the tracks chosen for them.

Overally, the game was an interesting, though rather disappointing experience, especially with so many positive reviews. I personally didn't enjoy it too much, felt rather frustrated by the specific storytelling and lack of challenge, but I liked the atmosphere, music and visuals. Exploring the valley is a great experience on its own, but I think it feels more like an interactive demo for Unreal engine, than actual game. There's little to no interaction for the player, you are there to witness, not to participate, which makes the gameplay very passive. You have no influence over anything, and the fact that you arrive after the events, being able only to see what happened, gives a feeling that you actually missed the story. It would be far more interesting if unraveling the past was combined with participating in some current events.
Also, this game definitely isn't a horror. Is it even actualy scary? No. Disturbing? Not really. Intense? Definitely not. Quite eerie, but if you're looking for a scary game, look somewhere else. There is literally one jumpscare, but it's rather weak, resembling a bit the screamer videos. Also, walking right into it has no concequences and it can be easily avoided.

If you like games like Dear Esther or Gone Home, you'll be delighted. If you're looking for something more interactive... think twice. Another thing to point out is how short the game is - it took me only three hours to complete it, and I'm the kind of player who tries to explore, find and see everyting.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
It's a pretty game but lacks content. Avoid unless you see it for $5.
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107 of 117 people (91%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
AT A GLANCE
(Full review follows below)

  • Game Name: The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
  • Original Release: 2014
  • Genre Tags: Exploration; Walking-Simulator; Detective; Great Graphics; Atmospheric
  • My Overall Grade: A-
  • Estimated Playtime (Campaign): 3-8 hours
  • Multiplayer Aspect: None
  • Recommended To: Established fans of the genre; Those intrigued by the genre; Aesthetes; Strong narrative advocates; Game atmosphere connoisseurs; Casual gamers

REVIEW
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is an interesting and highly atmospheric game that boasts a mixture of exploration and detective game elements. The detective scenes are well done and never become overly confusing, but they make up less than half of the gameplay. A majority of the gameplay involves walking around, (and probably getting lost), searching for the next scene. This isn’t a bad thing, though, as the ambiance and graphics are absolutely stellar; and the gameworld is a joy to explore. That said, if you aren’t really a fan of slow-paced games without action, colloquially dubbed: “walking-simulators,” then you may find this boring. But if you can appreciate its beauty and take solace in the fact it isn’t a pure walking-simulator and has a number of puzzle-solving scenes, you will probably enjoy The Vanishing of Ethan Carter.

Without a doubt, the best feature of this game is the gorgeous gameworld and atmosphere. But it is more than just beautiful graphics that create this exceptional experience. The soundscape and overall ambiance are also leading contributors. Shortly after first beginning to play this game I found myself crossing a long railway bridge over a lake and I was immediately sucked in by the aesthetics. But I quickly realized that I was captivated by more than the visual view, and that the creaking and groaning effects of the bridge were reinforcing the immersive experience at an exceptional level. This aesthetic and atmospheric experience is established early and maintains its integrity throughout the game.

The actual narrative is interesting and mysterious. The onus is on the player to piece together the narrative and make sense of it. Depending on how much you bother to read and listen, the story becomes more clear or convoluted. I enjoyed the experience; however I do feel like some of the elements of the storyline could have been more fleshed out and explained more clearly.

The gameplay is comprised of mostly exploration, but also has a strong aspect of puzzle-solving elements. As you wander the gameworld you will come across several mysteries, in the form of both murder scenes and supernatural enigmas, which need to be solved through detective work. The mechanics of the puzzle-solving involve discovering the necessary clues in the gameworld and performing the necessary deductions.

There isn’t any action whatsoever throughout the whole game, save for one small area where you may get a jump-scare and sent back to a checkpoint. But even that area is extremely easy to navigate and never really amounts to much action. This is a good thing, as forcing combat or action into the game would have probably only ruined the atmosphere.

One gripe with the game that I have, and also many others have, is that there is no manual saving. I have said it a number of times in my reviews before and I will continue to say it: there is no reason for a PC game in the current generation and beyond to not allow manual saving. I don’t care what kind of game it is, I personally believe people should be able to choose if they want to use manual saves or not. And besides, in The Vanishing of Ethan Carter there is no combat and there are no decision trees, so “save-scumming” (as it is so eloquently called) isn’t even a factor here. Compounding the issue, the checkpoint system isn’t very well-crafted and the distance between checkpoints can be ridiculously far. You need to solve a puzzle or discover the next area in order to prompt the game to save, so if you are stuck and want to stop playing, you will either have to check a guide to finish your current objective or accept the fact you will have to start over when you return. And of course, there is also a possibility of a power outage or system crash. Fortunately, this issue was somewhat alleviated in the Redux version of the game by significantly increasing the frequency of checkpoints. Yet I still find the lack of manual saving to be a serious fault.

As for the Redux version, if your computer can handle it, you should probably play that version. You get both versions together with the purchase of the game. Besides having higher quality graphics from UE4, there are also some subtle changes and improvements (like the aforementioned increase in checkpoints). I personally opted to play the original version, because I’m weird like that, but I will probably come back and play the Redux version in a few years when the story has faded from my memory.

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is definitely a very enjoyable experience, if not a peaceful one. You won’t find any action, but you can find mystery and intrigue. And the atmosphere and aesthetic beauty of the game are superb. It felt, to me, like some beautiful lovechild of Dear Esther and MURDERED: SOUL SUSPECT. If you like relaxing and investigative games, or are curious about them, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is absolutely a good one to consider.

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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
Amazing game.

If your pc is good enough to run this, it will be super amazing! its the perfect game for taking screenshots!
If you are like me (a guy who loves photography) I can totally recommend you getting this! Its just a charm to walk around in this game, Its so beutiful!!

The story is also good and the game also plays good with a controller.

Nothing to complain about here, an excellent game for people who enjoys photography!
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11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 30
The story is too far-fetched. Ghosts and demons and portals, that's all fine. But 7:00 PM on an autumn evening in Wisconsin and there's still THAT much daylight. Puh-lease.

Buy this game. There are pretty trees. And simulated walking definitely beats the real thing.

666/10
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
This game is playing easy almost like as a reading good book. Which this game really is (well , pretty close).
Story about detective with supernatural powers that comes help a little kid whos in trouble.

Game have incredible graphics (redux version even more), something i have never seen before.
Good progression in story.
Well picked voice-actor for main character. You can feel in his voice that he really is a good old detective.

So if you like good story and some sort of puzzles (not hard if you ask me) then buy this!

I seriously bow before developers. This game is awesome!
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10 of 17 people (59%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
Kind of a "Blair Witch Project" thing. Atmosphere, horror, a few jump scares. Very beautiful world (Unreal Engine 4) with nothing to do in it. Shockingly low on content and gameplay elements. Very short too. Background story is a crude horror/mystery tale about a family possessed by a ghost and killing each other, largely told through a narrator and letters strewn across the game world (lame excuse for lacking real content and interactivity).

Your job is to reconstruct who killed who, and this is how it goes:

You run around and come across typical adventure items (a lamp, an axe, a dead body, etc.), but you cannot interact or do anything with them. All you have to do is find all items in a certain area, which automatically prompts a flashback scene with 5 story elements and you have to guess the sequence of events, like this: (1) he picked up the axe, (2) he talked to his brother, (3) he went over to the chapel, (4) he killed his uncle, (5) he talked to his mother. That's it. Then you head to the next area, find all its items, flashback pops up..... You do this guess-the-sequence thing for the fate of each family member. That's all there is, basically.


"This game doesn't hold your hand."

What game? At best, this is a 3D tech demo for UE, not a game. Shame on the Polish developers for charging money for a demo.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
the vanishing of ethan breadberry
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
Oh. My. God.

What an amazing game! In This game you play as a detective who is able to see into the past and see what happened at the crime scenes. You walk around in the woods all alone and your goal is to find out what happened about Ethan Carter and his family.

(The reason it says I've only played 5 minutes is because I played the Redux version which has better graphics. When you buy the game you get both versions)

Pros:

The story - Interesting, makes you want to find out more
The sounds and music - Both fits this game perfectly, should be played with a headset
The scenery - Probably the game I've taken the most screenshots in
No loading screens - You can actually walk around the whole map without running into a loading screen
The graphics - I really got surprised by the graphics in this game, the Unreal Engine 4 makes everything look so real


The only con:

Game time - I completed this game in 3 hours which I think in a bit short, I didnt rush anything nor did I go very slow
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
* My gameplay time is very short for the original game because I played the Redux Unreal Engine 4 version. The redux version is graphically superior to the original and the version you should play if you decide to purchase this game.

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a game that does not live up to its potential. The atmosphere and graphics are great, but the gameplay and story feel lackluster. There are some intriguing moments like the mysterious astronaut and the last coal miner. But this game needed more of these moments to further build the protagonist and to keep the audience intrigued in mystery. I think the story buildup of the murders and the villain is too simplistic and could have used more dialogue and character development. The puzzles are too simple to solve and the only intriguing one was the house with portals.

7/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 12
great great great story. absolutely loved it. played redux version. and dont listen to voices about gameplay length. you will understand whan I'm saying only after you finish the game without rushing it to push forward. 10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
Creative crime sloving with dreamy looks ..... Had to choose weither i play the redux or orginal version ..... played both :D
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

I stumbled upon this game a couple times before buying it. You can clearly see that this game looks amazing, no one can say otherwise. This is what I call the Perfect Sunday Game, a ~4hours long mysterious story with puzzle elements.

It's a small but enjoyable game. The story could be a lot better and more complex, however the atmospheric gameplay makes you want to keep playing. If you'd like to explore such a beautiful environment while playing through a storyline be sure to get this game!
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Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
Great story.
Great music.
Great story.

I finished the game in a little more than 2 hours and enjoyed every bit of it.
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Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
A unique twist on the mystery-solving experience. If you're into mystery, I would definitely recommend this.

There's nothing much else I can say that other reviews haven't said better, but I will say that I own both the regular and collector edition of this game and played them both for achieves, so this game does have replayability. It's worth doing over to make sense of things you might have missed the first time, and if you already have played it once and know where to go/what to do, you can beat this game with 100% achieves in a hour and a half tops.

My one negative would be that I felt the ending had more potential.

Overall, very enjoyable and intriguing.
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Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a one huge mystery / walking simulator. Yes, you'll walk alot, but you'll not even care.
The game is GORGEOUS! One of the best looking games I've ever seen. It has that photorealistic feel to it, so you may feel like it's real.
I said it's a walking simulator, so let's say something about that. You walk alot but in the meaning that you're searching for clues. For clues on how to find the missing boy, Ethan Carter. As the Paul Prospero said in the beginning, you'll need to solve all of the Ethan's stories in order to reveal what happened to him. I don't want to spoil the story, so I just say it's great and indeed, mysterious.

It's a bit short, but it's worth it. I don't even blame them, I think the game is good with its 3-5 hrs of gameplay. They don't need to make it really long as those few hours are pretty much enough to uncover what happened to Ethan. And it also means you can happily complete it in one sitting!

So this review was short, but enough said. It's gorgeous, filled with great story and voice acting, and while it kinda is a walking simulator, you'll love to walk around this world! I'm not really sure if it's worth the full price, as it is short and replayability is close to none, but if it's on sale, it's a must grab!
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Recommended
18.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
Pros:
+ Great Atmosphere
+ Intriguing Story
+ Well-crafted World
+ Interesting Puzzles
+ Mystery

Cons:
+ Unsatisfying Ending
+ Some puzzles are based on guessing

Overall recommendation for everyone who likes Mystery Games

84/100
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