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The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

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The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a horror adventure game, heavily focused on the narrative. You are Paul Prospero, a detective with paranormal abilities. You get a letter from a boy named Ethan Carter, who cries out for help. You have nothing to do but go to his town and find out what happens to Ethan’s family.
The game is focused on puzzle solving and exploration, and set in an open world environment. The superpowers you obtain make your investigation easier: you can sense where hidden objects are and restore the circumstances of the crimes you reveal.
As a rule, the game shows you the path (literally and figuratively), but any derogations add details to the atmosphere of the game. So you can freely explore locations, read numerous notes and learn more about the inhabitants of the town you came to. On the other hand, you can follow the main line directly, and it won't be spoiled by the lack of details. In the end, the game becomes something between an interactive drama and a detective quest.

Metacritic rating
82
Release date
Sep 25, 2014
Developer
The Astronauts
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THE ASTRONAUTS CHMIELARZ ADRIAN
Publisher
The Astronauts, THQ Nordic
Age rating
Not rated
Website
http://EthanCarterGame.com
System requirements for PC
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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On my first Steam review of the Game: The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Game Time: ~ 3-8 Hours This Review deals with the normal Version of the Game. I haven't tested The redux version at the Time of The Review. History In The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, the Player takes on the Role of Detective Paul Prospero. After receiving a Letter from the young Ethan Carter, he makes his way to Red Creek Valley. Once There, he finds out that the Boy has disappeared. Paul embarks on a Journey to find Ethan and uncover the Mystery of this mysterious Place. He delves deeper and Deeper into the Events and past of this World and its Inhabitants and slowly but surely also gets to know the dark Side of the Place. Graphic & Technique In addition To the Story, an important Factor is the Graphics of the Game. The Game, based on the Unreal Engine 3, is graphically a Force. Despite this stunning Graphics, the Game is going really well on my System with i7 6700K, Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 and 16GB OF DDR4 RAM. With very high Settings, I always reach a Frame Rate of 70-90, sometimes even up to 110 Frames per Second. Even on my old, significantly weaker office calculator, the Game still ran at around 30 Frames per Second at low Settings. Atmosphere and Music At one Point, I look down from a Bridge into a Valley through which a River meanders, bordered by a Forest that glows in autumnal Colors in the Light of the setting sun. At the other Point, I trudge toward a small Church through a Gloomy forest, gated By Floor fog. This is Supported by a consistently sovereign Soundtrack, which contributes to the Atmosphere. Exactly dise atmosphere is what forces me to linger in many Places, to look at the fantastic Scenery and to marvel at what a Game is Capable of. Control & Gameplay The most open Game world can be explored very pleasantly with a Mouse and Keyboard as well as a Controller. In General, the Control is reduced to the most necessary. In addition to Buttons for sprinting or interacting, there are hardly any other relevant Chair elements. Conclusion But How do you rate this Game? A short but gripping and exciting Story, a breathtaking graphic, as well as a mysterious and creepy but also exhilarating and beautiful Atmosphere. I often paused to enjoy the View for a moment and take one or the other Screenshot for my Desktop Background. The Story captivated me about 4 Hours in front of the Screen and remained exciting until the End. Even away from the Path, I was able to discover many Stories by chance and thus delve deeper into the Matter Of this World and understand the Connections that Make Red Creek Valley exactly this place that it is now. Unfortunately, the Story doesn't really offer much Scope and also one or the other Game Mechanics seems repetitive after some Attempts. Behind The Vanishing of Ethan Carter hides a small Treasure, which should probably not escape any indie horror, puzzle and Adventure. Final Review: 8/10 This Review alone includes my own Opinion on the game being treated and may differ greatly from a different Opinion. Also, I am not an Expert in this Field, but just want to share my Impressions and hope to have helped others in their Decision
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