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

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 66
  2. Negative: 0 out of 66
  1. 100
    Nothing is so simply put in The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, but to put it simply, this game is absolutely worth the $20 price tag. It’s not long (about four hours), nor is it particularly challenging, but through and through, this is a beautiful game of strange, twisted, and sometimes sick puzzles.
  2. Oct 3, 2014
    90
    A singular experience, at times strange, astonishing and even bewildering, but always captivating. The mystery will keep you going, but what the game does best is surprise. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter has a great story to tell, even if it's not the one you were expecting.
  3. Oct 8, 2014
    85
    Fans of puzzlers, horror and story driven games alike will find enjoyment from Ethan Carter as it manages to be compelling, challenging and terrifying, all at once.
  4. Oct 2, 2014
    80
    It keeps you on edge just enough to pique your curiosity for what the next mystery will bring, and marries that mystery with an eerily beautiful world worth being curious about.
  5. Oct 22, 2014
    80
    No matter from what perspective you look at it, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is an impressive title. The special storytelling, absurdly beautiful game world and the intimate atmosphere make this a game for everyone.
  6. Oct 7, 2014
    80
    As True Detective did months ago, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter shows its cards and lets the player decide which ones are important, asking them to be both the spectator as well as the engine that drives the game.
  7. Oct 2, 2014
    65
    For players who like story and experience to trump all else, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a low-key journey with some interesting ideas.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 17 out of 172
  1. Sep 25, 2014
    10
    Earphones and a dark room with a measly Core2Duo@3.2 4GB on SSD and Nvidia 570 card plays maxed with a bit of stutter if I spin quickly whileEarphones and a dark room with a measly Core2Duo@3.2 4GB on SSD and Nvidia 570 card plays maxed with a bit of stutter if I spin quickly while cacking my pants at a creak on the stairs.

    I MUST make one suggestion, turn the subtitles off. At least try it: They break it for me. The rest is spot on.

    Its atmospheric, spooky, cool, interesting, visually stunning and after 2hrs solid play intriguing but too darn scary after the day I've had. It's not run around jump scary, imagine it's an entire world to match the feeling of playing either of the original two classic cakpants Thief levels back in the day.

    It draws you in through sights and sounds. Within 30 minutes you'll have had a WTF??! moment. Anyone who's played it will know. It's fantastic storytelling.

    I'm betting its 8 or 9 easily on an average after a few reviews. If not, my 15 spondoolies have paid for themselves already. Exceptional except.....

    sort out the Spiderwebs though.
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  2. Oct 26, 2014
    10
    This is simply one of the best games I have ever played. The excellent visuals, haunting score coupled with an amazing and intimate story areThis is simply one of the best games I have ever played. The excellent visuals, haunting score coupled with an amazing and intimate story are enough to take you to another world. Red Creek valley is a beautiful place that you will never want to leave....... I was left longing for more. Kudos to the development team and hope they keep making amazing stuff like this. Expand
  3. Sep 28, 2014
    9
    The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a very well done game. It is creepy in a good way without being overly scary. The visuals are better than 90%The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a very well done game. It is creepy in a good way without being overly scary. The visuals are better than 90% of AAA releases. The music is equally as good. The only knocks I have is the game is short ~4 hours long, but I'd rather it be shot and meaningful than add a lot of fluff that detracts from the experience. There is also some occasional stuttering, but not too bad. I can't wait to see what The Astronauts do next! Expand
  4. Oct 18, 2018
    8
    Un muy pero que muy interesante walking simulator con apenas unos pocos puzles por un entorno estética y gráficamente asombrosos y un mundoUn muy pero que muy interesante walking simulator con apenas unos pocos puzles por un entorno estética y gráficamente asombrosos y un mundo lleno de enigmas y secretos que poco a poco irás descubriendo.

    Una de las aventuras gráficas recientes mejor construídas.

    Muy recomendable.
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  5. May 14, 2020
    7
    I wanted to give this a higher rating, but it falls a bit short. The potential is there for a straight 10, but it does get a bit boring atI wanted to give this a higher rating, but it falls a bit short. The potential is there for a straight 10, but it does get a bit boring at times. However it is a great game about exploration, a pretty great ending to tie things up and at least one great puzzle with the rooms in the house changing (I believe it may be optional though). Definitely worth checking out both for fan of walking simulators and adventure games Expand
  6. Nov 29, 2014
    6
    The landscapes are the best I ever seen in games. Characters and animations - some of the worst. I loved the story presentation and mechanics.The landscapes are the best I ever seen in games. Characters and animations - some of the worst. I loved the story presentation and mechanics.
    But when a veteran developers like the Astronauts releasing a game without proper auto-save feature - it's just stupid. I just can't get it.
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  7. Jan 3, 2018
    0
    what a god damn borefest... story and characters are joke and basically nothing will actually happen... this is not a game for a real playerswhat a god damn borefest... story and characters are joke and basically nothing will actually happen... this is not a game for a real players whos actually want PLAY and have some challenge, story or just want more than just boring seance... graphic is good but also nothing special Expand

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