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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: 28 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. Jul 20, 2015
    100
    There’s a linear story being told, but i never felt like I was being funneled down a straight path. I never felt restraints from where I could go or what I could explore. Even the world barriers are disguised in such a way, thanks to the map design, that it all feels natural.
  2. 90
    What was perhaps one of the best games from last year makes its console debut with style, complete with a visual overhaul that only makes this re-release more appealing.
  3. Jul 21, 2015
    85
    For the 4 to 6 hours the game lasts, it’s definitely a memorable experience.
  4. Jul 20, 2015
    80
    The PS4 version of The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is visually stunning and still offers a very well written story, with an enchanting atmosphere and superb technical achievement, even if you feel sometimes running around in circles and a slightly slower pace story.
  5. Aug 5, 2015
    80
    The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a paranormal adventure with excellent manufacturing and a good argument that places the indie scene in an even higher level already has in this generation.
  6. Jul 23, 2015
    80
    Along with an interesting story and superb atmosphere The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a memorable experience.
  7. Jul 20, 2015
    40
    Creators like Adrian Chmielarz need an obvious symbol of false hope to sell (not articulate) their trendy nihilism that, if anything, should vanish.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 34
  2. Negative: 7 out of 34
  1. Jul 15, 2015
    10
    This is a first person mystery game with light puzzles and rich and atmospheric setting with engaging story. You play as a supernaturalThis is a first person mystery game with light puzzles and rich and atmospheric setting with engaging story. You play as a supernatural detective - Paul Prospero - who is in search of a little boy named Ethan.The graphics are phenomenal and the music is very pleasent.
    PS4 version has better save system than the PC one. It takes ~ 5h - just perfect little interactive story.
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  2. Feb 19, 2016
    9
    Great game with a very personal tale to tell, amazing characters and a phenomenal ending, the graphics are extremely realistic withGreat game with a very personal tale to tell, amazing characters and a phenomenal ending, the graphics are extremely realistic with environments that look like a beautiful picture. A short and sweet adventure into a little boys imagination and his world. Expand
  3. Jul 15, 2015
    8
    The game is gorgeous and every bit as brilliant as it's PC big brother (See PC review for game details). Yes the game does have a variableThe game is gorgeous and every bit as brilliant as it's PC big brother (See PC review for game details). Yes the game does have a variable framerate as some have stated, but it is far from a game breaker. If you don't game on PC, then definately check this out on PS4. Expand
  4. Jul 5, 2016
    7
    One of the most disappointing endings ever. And yes, in my opinion worse than Mass Effect 3's (Which wasn't that bad). Expect to get stuck forOne of the most disappointing endings ever. And yes, in my opinion worse than Mass Effect 3's (Which wasn't that bad). Expect to get stuck for hours if you can't figure out the mechanic of finding out where certain objects are. When you see the same word many times keep moving until they all come together. Knowing that would have saved me hours. Definitely not worth 20$ as if you know what your doing it could be completed in a hour. But pretty much everything besides that is great. Things are really mysterious and surprising. The first minute is very scary. And it's cool that some of the people behind one of the most underrated game of all time, Bulletstorm, made this. Next time, just don't screw up the ending. It makes everything you've done seem like a waste of time. Expand
  5. Jul 14, 2015
    7
    WTF with FPS in Ps4 version of this game?
    If u look to the sky, FPS = 60
    If u look to the forest or other places, Where textures large,
    WTF with FPS in Ps4 version of this game?
    If u look to the sky, FPS = 60
    If u look to the forest or other places, Where textures large, your fps wil be set down to 30.
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  6. Dec 29, 2017
    6
    Spectacular voice work and writing. I had no expectation going into this game, I only knew that it was a walking simulator. It thrived in theSpectacular voice work and writing. I had no expectation going into this game, I only knew that it was a walking simulator. It thrived in the writing and telling the story, graphics were pretty wonderful too, some really good set pieces. The strangeness and the intrigue of the mystery were what kept me motivated to play. The piecing together the mysteries of the story are cleverly done and each section felt quite a bit different from one another. Unfortunately, the culmination of the story's ending leaves much to be desired, which is a shame since this game had such a unique direction of where it was going. A short run, but worth it for the early intrigue, just wish the build-up paid off. 65/100 Expand
  7. Aug 11, 2015
    1
    A nice soundtrack with a ridiculous history. By the way, my dogs could do the game puzzles with its tail. Good graphics doesn't mean goodA nice soundtrack with a ridiculous history. By the way, my dogs could do the game puzzles with its tail. Good graphics doesn't mean good game. Don´t try this Expand

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