Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked The Vanishing of Ethan Carter 20 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 14 months ago.
It's an unusual and macabre game inspired by early twentieth century weird fiction. It creates a realistic world but with supernatural elements. As you delve into the mystery you need to solve mental challenges, but the focus is on atmosphere, mood, and the characters you meet both living and dead.
As you progress you use your supernatural skill of being able to communicate with the dead to piece together clues. This enables you to discover the mystery behind a trail of corpses, the roots of a dark ancient force lurking in Red Creek Valley, and the fate of a missing boy.
You can conduct the investigation on your own terms and at your own pace. Although there are a few scary bits in the game, it's more clammy unease than terror.
Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Mature (M) for Violence and Horror Themes.
Release Date: 26/09/2014, updated in 2019
Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Content Rating: PEGI 18
Components: 3D First-Person and Open World
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