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The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

Rating Summary

Based on 88 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

80

Top Critic Average

72%

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Based on 88 critic reviews
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Game Information

Available on:PlayStation 4Jul 14, 2015
PCSep 25, 2014

Developer: The Astronauts

Genres: Art, Adventure

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a first-person story-driven mystery game focused on exploration and discovery. As occult-minded private detective Paul Prospero communicate with the dead to discover the fate of a missing boy and the mystery behind a dark ancient force lurking in Red Creek Valley.

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As soon as I finished The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, I started it again and was greeted by that same warning. "This game is a narrative experience that does not hold your hand." Originally I thought it was telling me that I was going to be challenged by what followed and that I shouldn't expect any help in figuring it out. And I still think that. But I also suspect The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, which rarely uses a word more than it has to, is making a broader point when it says it doesn't intend to hold your hand.

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IGN

8.5 / 10.0
IGN

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter's story is powerful, and its world is one of the most beautiful I've ever played through.

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A tense and spooky stroll through a gorgeous world, some fun supernatural detective work, and an efficient script with sparse dialogue.

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Still a fascinating and darkly magical murder mystery, despite its occasionally unclear signposting.

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