Review: The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (Steam)

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (5)

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.

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (1)


  • Jaw dropping graphics, The views, The scenery is all presented as a wonderful treat for the eyes.
  • Atmospheric chilling soundtrack.
  • First person detective game as you find clues, Solve puzzles.
  • Options: FOV slider, vibration, brightness and invert sticks.
  • Simple control scheme.
  • Solve clues to unlock cut scenes or watch back events.
  • No enemies per se.
  • Puzzles are of a varying pedigree.
  • Text and voice narration.
  • Replay ability is high as there is so many collectibles and extra story chunks to find.
  • Strong compelling story.
  • New unique way to deliver a story to the gamer.
  • Auto saves.

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (4)


  • No tutorial.
  • No real explanation of whats going on.
  • Slowdown in some areas.
  • Slow paced game.
  • Short play time. First time can be around 4-5 hours.
  • Triggering events to advance the story are not always eluded to so random walking around is needed.

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (3)

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter took me by surprise. I mean I didnt really know what to expect and with a hour under my beltthat mood didnt change. It wasnt until I figured out a puzzle and triggered a flashback that I realised how the game worked and what it wanted from me. Since that I lost myself in the world, Exploring every nook and cranny, Reading any scrap of paper. I loved it and got a Twin Peaks vibe from it…More because the way in which the story is delivered than set pieces or the town itself. It is a short game granted but the experience it gives you is next level. Pfft sod it the game is so god dam good looking it demands you buy it and search it all over and bask in its glory.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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