The Vanishing of (fun in) Ethan Carter | CriticalIndieGamer

(CriticalIndieGamer) Despite the definition of the noun ‘game,’ my adult years have seen narrative and storytelling overtake all other aspects of this medium in importance to me. Give me the janky controls but epic story of the first Mass Effect over the refined mechanics but bland action tales of a Call of Duty game. When The Vanishing of Ethan Carter opened with the phrase, “This game is a narrative experience that does not hold your hand,” I was intrigued, excited and oh-so-ready to dive in. However, while the game does not lie about its focus on narrative, the way in which the game leaves you to your own devices could be described as total abandonment more than a lack of hand-holding, resulting in a frustrating experience, and is definitely not fun.

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mike32UK1208d ago (Edited 1208d ago )

Just because you're terrible at a certain type of game... Does not in turn make the game itself terrible. For example, I decided to give the witcher 3 a whirl a few months ago but I had to sell it after a few weeks because I was HORRENDOUS at playing it. However, I can absolutely appreciate why people do enjoy the game, the amount of work and effort gone into it is astounding, sadly I just couldn't get to grips with it.

nowitzki20041207d ago

What couldn't you get used to in the Witcher 3?

Its not an easy game for sure, You have to defend a lot and uses different techniques on different enemies.

mike32UK1207d ago

The complex menu system I just couldn't get my head around, I collected a boat load of stuff but I had no idea what to do with any of it!!

opoikl1208d ago

This guy sums up the mentality of today's people. If it cannot be consumed quickly and if you have to put in an effort of your own, it'll get passed on in favor of an easier distraction.

And to say there used to be a time when you couldn't simply resort to the internet if you got stuck in a game..

kraenk121208d ago

Is this really what has become of gaming journalism these days?!

psplova1208d ago (Edited 1208d ago )


EDIT: I'm so buying this game..

TGR1208d ago

I hope you enjoy it!

kevinodonnell911208d ago (Edited 1208d ago )

I'm the author of the review and wanted to weigh in on your comments. If you read the full review, you'll see that I laud the game's technical prowess, ambition and concept. But I can only review my experience with the game, and that was an alienating one.

Though I didn't want the game to guide me through everything step-by-step, a little prompting would've gone a long way. The game was just too vast and dense to drop you in without any sort of direction whatsoever... in my opinion. Remember, reviews are one person's opinion. I can only write in my opinion.

I'm also not trying to detract anyone from buying this game; you may love it. Read my review, my criticisms may sound like positives to you. That's why we don't use scores at CIG, my negative could be another's positive. And remember, we are all different and everything is subjective.

If you read the full review, thanks. If not, please do so. And most of all, if you get this game, I hope you enjoy it.

TGR1208d ago

I couldn't possibly have put it any better myself.