Metacritic (PC): 82/100
Metacritic (PS): 81/100
Release: Sep 2014
Reviewed on: PC

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

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Good: Atmosphere and freedom – Talk to the dead
Bad: Hit or miss story – Very short
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Horror and adventure are blended together in The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, a story of mystery in an open world environment that encourages you to explore and collect clues.


Released for Windows and PlayStation 4 the game follows investigator Paul Prospero who has a knack for the paranormal. After reaching a fan letter from a pre-teen Ethan Carter he decides to visit his small town of Red Creek Valley, finding it has been abandoned for years and the Carter family house recently burned down with no survivors.

As this 1970s investigation unfolds the dark secrets of the Carter family begin to unravel. With a mixture of supernatural spirits, sacrifice and a terrifying twist the game delivers all the punches.

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter features a fairly open world with free roaming and exploration at the core. Players must rely on their paranormal abilities to solve the case which they can use to sense objects and piece the timeline of events together. The core mechanic involves speaking with the dead which allows you to break down how those deaths took place.


This discovery is done completely at your own pace with plenty of hidden secrets for those that will scour the game world for every last shred of information. The photo-realistic game environments make this feel effortless as you turn over every beautiful stone within the game. Boosted further by impressive writing and a combat free game with only a few scares The Vanishing of Ethan Carter nails the pacing and atmosphere.

With an amazing visual experience, simple gameplay, spectacular story and a strong sense of freedom The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a winning combination.


  • Solve the mysterious death of Ethan Carter.
  • Explore Red Rock Creek Valley in the 1970s.
  • Beautiful game world that offers plenty of freedom.
  • Talk to the dead as you collect clues and vital information.
  • Play on Windows or PlayStation 4.

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The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, 8.7 out of 10 based on 13 ratings
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