Ether One is a first person adventure that deals with the fragility of the human mind. There are two paths in the world you can choose from. At its core is a story exploration path free from puzzles where you can unfold the story at your own pace.
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Data di rilascio: 25 mar 2014

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Recensioni

“The world of Ether One is a superbly detailed and well thought-out place.”
4/5 – Joystiq

“It’s been just two days since I last player Ether One and I’ve not stopped thinking about it since. I thought about it before I went to bed last night, and the night before. I thought about it when I woke up this morning. I thought about it when I had lunch. So far I’ve sunk 12 hours into a game easily completable in four. I’ve not nearly managed to restore all of the projectors. And I've hardly scratched the surface.”
9/10 – Strategy Informer

“Superb: A hallmark of excellence. There may be flaws, but they are negligible and won't cause massive damage to what is a supreme title.”
9/10 – Destructoid

Informazioni sul gioco



Ether One is a first person adventure that deals with the fragility of the human mind.

There are two paths in the world you can choose from. At its core is a story exploration path free from puzzles where you can unfold the story at your own pace.

There is also a deeper, more adventurous path in which you can complete complex puzzles to restore life changing events of the patients history in order to help the validation of their life.

Parallel paths make Ether One accessible to a range of skilled players. Invite your friends and family around to pick their brains for help taking on challenging environmental puzzles, or soak in the atmosphere of Pinwheel at leisure. From a young age we enjoyed the first person puzzle games that required you to write cryptic notes on spare pieces of paper to unravel mysteries. Ether One aims to bring back pen and paper puzzle solving, whilst still being accessible and optional for people not wanting to get stuck and frustrated on the harder puzzles.

features

  • First Person Adventure Game.
  • Open narrative exploration in the town of Pinwheel.
  • Optional puzzle solving.
  • Accessible gameplay with additional controller support for players that aren’t as skilled with complex controls.
  • Challenging pen and paper puzzle design you can decrypt at your own pace.

Deluxe Edition




The Ether One Deluxe Edition comes with the Ether One OST, Game Script, & Comics along with a few more goodies. Please note that there is no additional in-game content.

The Ether One Original Soundtrack by Nathaniel-Jorden Apostol features more than 40 minutes of music created exclusively for Ether One. The soundtrack comes with MP3 & FLAC format along with custom artwork for the soundtrack.

MP3 & FLAC format files will be placed in the Ether One folder in the Steam Directory: ...Steam\steamapps\common\EtherOne\Soundtrack

The Ether One game scripts contain all of the spoken dialogue along with some things that got cut from the game. We hope you find it interesting to see how we developed the narrative for Ether One. Please note: These scripts contain spoilers for the game. You may wish to finish Ether One before reading these. We have noted down specifically which game script contain spoilers in the download.

PDF format files will be placed in the Ether One folder in the Steam Directory: ...Steam\steamapps\common\EtherOne\Scripts

The Strange Tale of Byron Spencer was created by Mark Penman & coloured by Andrew Tunney. It provides an alternative fiction for the world of Pinwheel.

PDF format files will be placed in the Ether One folder in the Steam Directory: ...Steam\steamapps\common\EtherOne\Comics

Requisiti di sistema

    Minimi:
    • Sistema operativo: Windows Vista, 7 or 8
    • Processore: 2.2+ Ghz Dual-Core
    • Memoria: 4 GB RAM
    • Scheda video: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 460 or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Windows XP is not supported for Ether One. Laptop equivalent GPU's struggle in comparison to desktop GPU's. VR: Ether One currently only supports the DK1 Oculus developer kit. We're hopefully going to provide updated Oculus support in future updates.
    Consigliati:
    • Sistema operativo: Windows Vista, 7 or 8
    • Processore: 2.6+ Ghz Dual-Core
    • Memoria: 8 GB RAM
    • Scheda video: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 560 or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Windows XP is not supported for Ether One. Laptop equivalent GPU's struggle in comparison to desktop GPU's. VR: Ether One currently only supports the DK1 Oculus developer kit. We're hopefully going to provide updated Oculus support in future updates.
Recensioni utili
1 persone su 1 (100%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
13.4 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 6 marzo
Consiglio questo gioco a chiunque voglia una storia bella e triste, con degli enigmi nè difficili nè facili, ma sicuramente particolari. Splendido finale. Unica pecca forse la mancanza di una bella colonna sonora durante le lunghe camminate nel cercare di risolvere gli enigmi. Ma scommetto che molti preferiranno solo i naturali suoni ambientali.
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5.5 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 30 gennaio
My grandmother suffered terribly with dementia not long before she died. She forgot who I was and went back to her childhood :'( I personally found it very hard to get into at first, but the story, though it is sad, it is touching. You don't get many games tackling difficult subjects like this. Keep 'em coming xx
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1 persone su 1 (100%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
11.0 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 27 marzo
Ether One is a narrative and explorative puzzle experience. Immerse yourself into the mind of another person and find out about their long-lost past, solve their history and help them overcome a chronic dementia.

Design & Art
While using the Unreal Engine 3 (Redux Version uses 4), the art style is kept fairly simplistic, while still looking unique and refreshing. Ether One's visual style is comparable to "The Long Dark", since both games' textures essentially seem very similar with their cell-shading look. Ether One mostly shines, when you do not take a closer look into its art detail. Nothing really looks odd or bad yet visuals are noteworthy and interesting, because of their unique appearance. Overall, for a game in this genre, which mostly focuses on its storytelling (next to "MIND: Path to Thalamus"), graphics are okay.

Controls
You can choose to control the game by standard keyboard & mouse or fully fledged controller support. Ether One delivers tooltips on how to play itself but most of the time, you will use standard first person shooter controls. I cannot rate controller support and key bindings, since I do not own one.

Sound and Music
Soundtrack of the game reeled me in: Very emotional and fitting for its genre. My favorite piece played near the start and is called "Total Relapse". Although the musical backdrop sounds mostly shallow and eerie, I can hear that it was created with utmost love and care, being a musical creator and lover myself. Absolutely magnificent and gorgeous soundtrack created by Nathaniel-Jorden Apostol! Give this man a medal!

That goes for sounds and voiceacting as well. At no time did the game disappoint me by its auditory design and I can remember a great trailer score to be most of my conviction to buy this game. Voiceacting is done nicely, the actors took care in displaying realistic emotions. Some text passages sound odd in their choice of words, yet everything is within the smaller bounds of a well done voicecasting. Awesome!

Gameplay
Ether One features a relatively well done level design with multiple areas. You are a "Restorer", a person sent into another persons mind to restore specific memories within their mind, that have been lost due to dementia.

You can restore said memories by collecting objects within a level. Next to that, there are certain side objectives you can complete (like restoring film projectors, who offer a deeper look into the whole operation and therapy process of the person in whose mind you are currently in). You complete a level by accessing core memories and hereby accessing mysteries of the past. Various and well hidden clues and sometimes baffling puzzles need to be solved to complete these side missions. In reward, you will uncover more about the backstory. You can always come back to areas you already visited, in case you want to try figuring out that last clue you never got.

During your travel through the mind, you will encounter multiple objects of interest, which you can store within your "case", a secluded area within the mind of the person, that you can always resort to, to go over crucial hints or review interesting plot details. Everything is tied to one location, so no objects from other locations are needed to solve a puzzle in another area, especially if you use your storage often. Choose wisely!

The story is well written, cohesive and emotionally engaging; never did I lose interest or intentionally skipped parts because I knew what was going to happen. But I felt a little disappointed at the ending, maybe that is not because the writing disappointed me, guess I was just sad that the game was over. Feels were felt and need to be felt.

Weakpoints
Now here is the crux of the matter. As much as I admire the gameplay of Ether One, I also hate it for some of its parts. Solving some puzzles involves running and walking around. A LOT of tedious walking back and forth, since the levels tend to get bigger. Finding crucial objects you left behind on particular locations can be a thorn in your side, even more if only one instance of said object exists. You need to go back the entire way to pick up the object. I do not know if I am too stupid to figure this out, but I thought you can teleport yourself from the "case" to any area within the mind, but that does not seem to be the case; It only teleports you to your last location you teleported to the case from. This is enervating and should have been done differently and easier.

Gamebreaking bugs still seem to exist after a batch of patches. At some point, I needed to consult a walkthrough, because I couldn't figure out what to do. I did EXACTLY what the walkthrough told me to do and STILL nothing happened, which led to desperation quickly. This happened MULTIPLE times and was really irritating for me.

The achievements for the Redux Version of the game do not work for me at this time. And speaking of the Redux Version: It is a complete port of Ether One into the Unreal
Engine 4 (UE4) and nothing more. You get it for free, which is a nice feature I guess, but I cannot see the value of this port.
I actually hate the UE4, because most of the games I play which get imported from the UE3 look worse and run worse on my machine than before (the same happening for MIND: Path to Thalamus in my case).

In my opinion, most of the puzzles were really tricky and challenging, some really felt absolutely unsolvable for my tastes. Maybe I get frustrated too soon and give up easily, but the some of the bugs I mentioned above really gave me a hard time. Overall, the difficulty of the puzzles is above average and needs some serious wits. A fair warning for everyone.

Concluding Thoughts
Ether One is a narrative puzzle experience with several explorative aspects.

For what its worth, the game takes itself extremely serious to plunge you into an interesting plot and engages your gray matter. A game that revolves entirely around dementia, the changes, daily challenges and emotions that come with it all seem really well executed and realistic, even if some of the puzzles seemed way too hard for me. The game feels mature in its theme and actually seems to be directed to mature audiences. Dealing with loss, in any shape or form, is something we all have to deal with at least one time in our life. And Ether One delivers a beautifully, above-average experience of everything that comes with it.
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2 persone su 4 (50%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
13.7 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 10 gennaio
I like how the story goes in this game :). The surroundings are great as well with u teleporting back to base and back where u left off. You can also take stuff for clues.
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4 persone su 5 (80%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
16.0 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 15 gennaio 2015
Bellissimo, questo è il genere di giochi che veramente si riesce a differenziare dal resto. L'unico gioco a cui posso paragonarlo e' Gone Home. Chiaramente il genere puo' non piacere, Ether One rimane comunque un titolo dettagliato, sicuramente complicato, e veramente immersivo. Peccato che non sia compatibile con Oculus Rift altrimenti sarebbe stato un titolo perfetto per la realta' virtuale. Le ambientazioni sono fantastiche, la narrazione è perfetta e chiaramente in un gioco cosi' sta al giocatore trovare abbastanza dettagli e essere abbastanza sveglio da saper capire e interpretare il gioco. Geniale, misterioso il giusto, storia un po' tra le nuvole che pur lasciando spazio a una propria interpretazione, riesce sicuramente ad avere sempre un senso senza farne un minestrone....questo chiaramente trovando e studiando i vari dettagli nei livelli (lettere e registrazioni soprattutto ma non solo) ... 90/100
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