The Vanishing Of Ethan Carter

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Another section of my yearly gaming notebook is dedicated to the upcoming games I’d like to keep my eye on. Most of those on my list tend to be indie games that I don’t want to forget about, as their development can fly under the radar.

Right at the top of my list is The Vanishing Of Ethan Carter. Developed by The Astronauts, the game released on PC on September 26th, and is coming to PS4 sometime in 2015 (no release date has been set). I am waiting for the PS4 release (I generally game better on a console, but I hope to become more proficient at PC gaming), and after seeing a new batch of screen shots and developer footage, I am more excited than ever.

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What initially sold me on the experience was the heavily atmospheric quality of the game. In each image you can feel the moisture in the air. You can practically hear the leaves rustling in the wind. The fog is tangible.

The premise of the game is fairly straightforward: you are an investigator (Paul Prospero) who has found himself in Red Creek Valley after receiving a letter from the titular character imploring him for help. The game is an exploration of an open world environment where clues lead you to the answers you seek regarding the disappearance of Ethan and the death of his family.

The interface is simple, and the aesthetics are stunning. I am by no means a graphics snob, but these visuals are incredible.

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After reading Ben Reeves’ review on Game Informer, I am even more intrigued.

I hope this game gets the exposure it deserves. I can’t wait to experience it for myself.

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