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The Vanishing Of Ethan Carter

11 months ago

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter “probably” getting Free Roam mode on PC

A peaceful free-roaming mode mmmight be coming to pretty walk-o-puzzler The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, or might not. Developers The Astronauts today announced they're adding Free Roam mode to the game as they bring it to the Xbox One, see, but they won't necessarily bring it over to PC too. The feature "needs" to be exclusive to Xbone for a while, for starters, then there…

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12 months ago

Feature: Grim peaks.

Have you played… The Vanishing of Ethan Carter?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. Watching walking simulators evolve from the waffling emptiness of Dear Esther into remarkable narrative adventures like Firewatch and What Remains of Edith Finch has been one of my favourite spectator sports as a games journalist. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is one of the better stepping…

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3 years ago

The Re-Vanishing Of Ethan Carter: Redux Is Out

John was jolly pleased with The Vanishing of Ethan Carter [official site], enjoying its pretty puzzle-solving but damning its backtracking and lack of saves. Well, many wonky bits are now better and some already-nice parts too, as developers The Astronauts have released a big free remaster update. The Vanishing of Ethan Redux is technically a separate game, not an update, bumped up from Unreal Engine…

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People Can Fly Flies Again, Still Owns Bulletstorm

Polish studio People Can Fly made well-received OTT shooters Painkiller and Bulletstorm, then they got bought by Epic and became Epic Games Poland, and now suddenly they're independent and are People Can Fly again. I'm genuinely distressed that they didn't take the opportunity to name themselves People Can Fly Again. No cast-iron reason has been given for the regained independence and there is, as yet,…

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4 years ago

Wins For Braben, Mordor And Alien: BAFTA Game Awards

Last night, BAFTA gathered in London to dish out sinister metal masks to a chosen few gamesfolk who had been found worthy of such an honour. I tend to be dismissive of Awards Shows, unless something that I really like wins a tiny trophy - then I'm quite happy and momentarily convinced that the world is just and right. It happened with Cave Johnson at…

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Feature: A Literal Valley

How Green Is My Uncanny Valley

I have The Vanishing Of Ethan Carter installed on my PC and ready to go. But there's something that's been playing on my mind regarding that game before I've even booted it up. It's been nagging at me ever since I watched a video from Andy Kelly's Other Places series – the one which focuses on Ethan Carter's Red Creek Valley – and it finally…

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Feature: A field guide, if you will

Field Notes: How Devs Recreate Wilderness In Games

Most survival games are set in the great outdoors, and while The Vanishing of Ethan Carter and Firewatch aren't survival games, both have taken interesting steps to present natural wilderness. We asked Mitch Bowman to find out more. The outward appearance of everything on Earth that wasn’t made by humans is one big accident. It’s the result of a bewilderingly complicated system of interactions between…

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Feature: Tale Of Tales

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter review

The Vanishing Of Ethan Carter, the first game from The Astronauts, offers a strikingly beautiful haunting journey exploring the mystery of the disappearance of a young boy. From the developers who brought us Bulletstorm (when they were People Can Fly), it couldn't be a more different game. Here's wot I think:

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The Great Prosperini, PI: The Vanishing Of Ethan Carter

Private investigator seems a noble, or perhaps unambitious, career for a magic man. Possessing supernatural powers of precognition, Paul Prospero (he even has a great magician name!) decided to become a detective rather than e.g. a Strike It Lucky winner. No, instead he's out poking around forests looking for a missing child in The Vanishing of Ethan Carter. 13 minutes of first-person mystery-solving gameplay are…

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5 years ago

Canny Valley: The Vanishing Of Ethan Carter

The Vanishing Of Ethan Carter is a weird horror game from The Astronauts, a team comprised of Bulletstorm veterans. Until now, very little of the game has been revealed and the latest trailer only moves the veil a couple of inches. We know that Ethan Carter is a boy and that he has vanished. We know that the player character is the preposterously named Paul…

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Flash Bang Wallop: The Scanning of Ethan Carter

No matter how spooky a spooky game's rocks may be, it's always comforting to know they can't really hurt you. Unless, that is, they're actually real rocks scanned into the game with fancy technology, and the original is still lurking out there somewhere in the mist, waiting to trip you. That's the true terror of The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, the non-combative horror walk 'em up…

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Give The GIF Of Terror: The Animating Of Ethan Carter

The Vanishing Of Ethan Carter is what the main folk behind Bullestorm did next, and the combination of spooky forests and some bloke's name makes it impossible not to claim it sounds like Alan Wake. However, it sounds like it's branching off down the Dear Esther/Gone Home path rather than the shootybang one, which for my money often results in more atmosphere than a storm…

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BulletStorm’s Coming: Vanishing Of Ethan Carter Detailed

It would be fair to say that - before today - we knew almost nothing about former Bulletstorm lead Adrian Chmielarz and co's "weird horror" departure into the land of indie-dom The Vanishing of Ethan Carter. Now, of course we're in the dark on Ethan himself. He's vanished! Like a magician or your phone when you've removed it from your pocket and freak out because you…

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6 years ago