The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a first-person mystery game focused on exploration and discovery.
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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.
All told, my experience with The Vanishing of Ethan Carter left me with far more questions than answers. But you know what? I'm alright with that.
This is a mystery game, and clearly one meant to immerse players in a creepy atmosphere. The mind races as you play it, and I'm eager to let it race some more.
I walked away from my time with Ethan Carter in a strange haze, and I mean that in the best possible way.
The world I’d just visited was gorgeous and serene, while simultaneously drenched in melancholy, violence, and hints of some sort of supernatural menace in the air.