The vanishing of ethan carter for xbox one reviews

Game Info
Platsize Win, PS4
quảng cáo trên internet The Astronauts
Developer The Astronauts
Release Date Sep 26, 2014

Its story — a fairly simple blend of horror, mystery & human drama — could certainly be told in a book or a movie. Variations on it already have been. But in any other format, something of utmost importance lớn the formula would be missing: immersion.

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That"s not a buzzword I use lightly, but it is key to lớn The Vanishing of Ethan Carter. This is a game that pulls you inkhổng lồ its world in an almost literal way. Being a part of the unfolding narrative & having the agency khổng lồ explore it and piece it together at your own pace is essential, building an experience that could only be pulled off this successfully as a video game.

In both its narrative sầu và its gameplay, Ethan Carter refuses lớn hold your hand

As The Vanishing of Ethan Carter begins, you step inlớn the shoes of Paul Prospero, a psychic detective sầu who has been summoned to lớn a quiet riverside town lớn search for a missing boy — the eponymous Ethan Carter. Prospero must explore the town & its surrounding countryside, gathering evidence & piecing together what horrific scenes have happened leading khổng lồ Ethan"s disappearance.

In both its narrative và in its gameplay, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter refuses to lớn hold your hvà. From the moment you enter the Red Creek Valley area via a dark train tunnel, you"re on your own, miễn phí lớn explore at your own pace, with pretty much every area opened up from the start.

The key to lớn actually progressing through the story lies in solving a series of around 10 individual puzzles. But if you want to lớn totally ignore those và dash right khổng lồ the final area from the start, that is possible. You won"t get an ending until you go baông xã & complete each of the puzzles, but again, the game isn"t going to tell you where to lớn go or force you to lớn follow a set path.

That freedom was more than a little intimidating at first, but the more time I spent with The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, the better I was able lớn read the environmental cues pointing me toward each new puzzle. The open nature of the game was a double-edged sword; it meant that I took my time exploring the game thoroughly & grew incredibly familiar with this beautifully crafted location, but it also meant that I spent a lot of time backtracking at the protagonist"s not-terribly-fast pace.

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My reward for the backtracking was more than worth it, though. Ethan Carter"s puzzles are never terribly complicated, but I found satisfaction in slowly figuring out how to bởi vì them. Again, since this is a game that has no tutorials, the puzzles can appear obscure at first. There"s never going to be a tooltip khổng lồ walk you through a solution. So while the answer might be easy, the challenge is in the process of figuring out how lớn arrive sầu at that answer; & it was a challenge that I enjoyed unraveling each time.


It"s no surprise that developer The Astronauts would want players to focus on the surroundings. Though it has the soul of a low-budget indie game — no combat, a simple, soft-spoken plot, etc. — The Vanishing of Ethan Carter has the looks of a modern triple-A release. The game world isn"t massive, but it is detailed khổng lồ an almost absurd degree. This also means it can be a resource hog for many computers. However, it"s worth cranking the settings up as high as your PC will allow; every inch of this world has been placed with meticulous, loving detail, and it all added lớn the sense of place that built as I worked toward solving the mystery.

That mystery is itself wonderful và taut. It"s a kind of restrained storytelling that"s sure lớn leave some players frustrated by the matter-of-factness of the answers waiting at the over. For me, I was impressed by an attention lớn detail that matched the world of the game. Every single piece of dialogue, every scrap of paper, every tiny clue exists for a reason. All of it fits together into lớn a tight plot that left me emotionally drained even as I marveled at its simpliđô thị.

Wrap Up: The Vanishing of Ethan Carter tells the kind of story that works best in a game

There"s more lớn The Vanishing of Ethan Carter that I"ve sầu omitted for fear of spoiling the game"s best surprises, but I will say that each of these moments is inextricably tied to the method this story is being told in — that is, as a đoạn Clip game. It is evidence of a kind of narrative that games can vì better than anything else, as well as proof that games can work with a story that doesn"t need khổng lồ be overblown or exaggerated — main character"s paranormal powers aside. If you have sầu the three or four hours khổng lồ devote khổng lồ it và care about the future of games as a storytelling medium, Ethan Carter is must-play.

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