The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is an adventure-horror game about a paranormal investigator who was inspired to meet a young fan called Ethan Carter; upon arriving at his hometown, the protagonist realises there is something much more sinister going on and begins investigating.
It was developed and published by The Astronauts for the PlayStation 4 and Windows PC.
The game is set in an open world which the player can explore at will; the aim is to find all of the evidence and clues that will direct the story towards saving Ethan and discovering what happened to the town. Environmental storytelling is a large feature in this game as the player can explore the wilderness as much as they want and in any order they like; the world is filled with details and information for the player to discover. There are also traps which can damage or even kill the player if they activate them.
With a unique ability, the player is able to see into the past and piece together memory fragments to visualize the final moments of someone who had been murdered. The ability works by collecting enough evidence or clues; it can reconstruct a murder scene and be used to detail the events that killed that person. The ability shows as images in different phases of the death and once they have all been discovered the play needs to put them into the correct order by assigning each image with a number.
The ability is used in solving puzzles that reward the player with some more backstory. Puzzles in the game are simple however there are also memory puzzles that demands the player remember certain pieces of information so that they can input it into the game at the right moment.
Hints are also displayed on the screen through the ability, at points in the game it will point something out for the player to focus on.
Environmental Storytelling – The open world holds the key to the story and the player must explore to discover it
Piece together murders – Collect enough evidence to learn what unfolded
Paranormal ability – Use the ability to search for the missing boy
Puzzles – Solve the puzzles to learn more information and discover the secrets of what happened
 Players Liked:
- Beautiful graphics
- Amazing story
- The open world
 Players Didn't Like:
- Story is a little bit slow
- The game save points
- Too short
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is available for the PlayStation 4 and also for Windows PC.
 Windows Requirements
OS: Windows 64-bit
Processor: Intel Core2 Duo or equivalent AMD
Memory: 6 GB RAM
Graphics: DirectX11 compliant card with 1GB of VRAM
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 9 GB available space