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The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Review | The Game Scouts

Tin Salamunic: Let’s get one thing straight. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is nothing like Dear Esther. Yes, in theory it’s structurally very similar; Players wander through mysterious landscapes while uncovering mysteries with no guidance or direction, but unlike the dull and pretentious world of Dear Esther, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is captivating, enigmatic, beautifully written and oftentimes terrifying. Dear Esther failed as a game because it completely ignored the player and presented itself as an entirely audio/visual experience. As a short film, it might have been beautiful, but asking its audience to press forward for an hour made the already sloppy storytelling feel like a complete drag. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter gets it right. It goes for that artsy and ambiguous angle, but asks players to be wholly present. Developer The Astronauts have crafted a hauntingly beautiful journey filled with riddles and tales of macabre. Turn off the lights, close all doors and curtai...

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