The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a very neat suspense filled, action horror, M. Night Shyamalan levels of twist containing game that although is pretty good to play and experience but is actually an okay experience that you must create a separate time table for amid all the other much more demanding games.
But even though it is kinda slow paced (its directivity based game, and that takes time, ask Batman minus the devices!) but still it holds a certain aura of gloom and hopelessness in its gameplay experience, kinda like Digital Devil Saga 2, but just the tenth fraction of that depressingly awesome game!
So the game is settled around a paranormal investigator called Paul Prospero who receives a fan mail of a twelve years old kid named , yeah you guessed right (if you were guessing that is!) Ethan Carter.
He asks Paul to visit his small village, when Paul does exactly that and tries to have some nice time in his home town village, he immediately knows something is horribly, paranormal kind of horribly wrong with the place.
Ultimately he finds out that a demon has been awakened called the Sleeper and he is dooming the real estate value of the place by murdering the people, to stop him Paul does his investigating and ultimately finds out a secret of the mysterious happening…
Which is something truly twister twisting twist like, so I dunno if you are going to actually give it an instant try (which you are not!) so here is the spoiler, you are welcome…
He is the fragment of the kid’s imagination as he dies of natural means instead of all the paranormal appearances that were implied in the game earlier. It was just the kid’s last minute escape into a very good HD imagination, from his death.
The game is an open world, First Person Viewer, adventure game where you can roam around in free will abandoning the main quest altogether, do many other stuffs or maybe complete side missions or whatever.
Also you have some paranormal capabilities which you can use to solve crimes and the side missions!
The game controls are ok, the music score and the sound effects are neat, nothing too note worthy, the gameplay is totally good when you keep the mystery and suspense and the random interference of horror in mind.
The pace is slow but that is necessary for such genre, the game heavily reminds of Murdered: Soul Suspect only glitch less and smooth.
Developed and published by The Astronauts for PC and PS4, it was released in September 2014.
It is a paranormal murder mystery, and it makes a very good attempt at creating that sort of atmosphere. You will do many sorts of mind bending puzzles and interact with many information and use them to progress and uncover the game.
You will have a fun time, but at a slow and full attention seeking pace.