ubivikus's The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (PC) review

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The world in The Vanishing of Ethan Carter first appears as a beautiful, yet sleepy, backwoods town, but it quickly becomes apparent that not all is well. A more desolate, abandoned, feel grows on Red Creek Valley, like it's been neglected by the outside world for decades, its prime time having long passed. This eerie view of our mundane world is also visible through the documents and newspaper clippings found throughout the valley, portraying an outside view of life in this rural neck of the woods. These external reports are starkly contrasted by Ethan Carter's own imagination, channeling the same goings-on into those of the supernatural, seen in stories scattered across the valley.

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter shows an interesting and deep outlook on life—the mundane, sleepy world, against the fantastic imagination of a child. This powerful story combines with a beautiful, polished world together with an immersive music score and great voice acting yielding a top-notch game. But it is what you make of it, as you can beat it in a couple hours if you run from start to finish and skip most of the mysteries, but you will miss out on its deep story. On the other hand, if you explore the whole world and look for all its secrets, puzzles, and mysteries, the game will really shine its brightest.

Another unique and enjoyable part of The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is its detective gameplay that reveals pieces of the story with each mystery solved. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is as close as you can get to making a detective novel into a game, and the result is something powerful. The game's succinct yet powerful, thought-provoking dialogue and story tied with its eerie, dark, supernatural premise makes it well worth the time of anyone that enjoys well-crafted mysteries and games with deeper meanings that will stay with players long after finishing.

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