13 minutes of The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

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The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is one of the more intriguing games that was shown by Sony at Gamescom this year. Taking what seems to be Murdered: Soul Suspect’s aesthetic, and making it an actual game, this could be the murder thriller people have been waiting for since Murdered ended up unanimously disappointing.

Taking its cue’s from point-and-click adventures of old, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a good old-fashioned story-driven mystery without any sort of demonic vanquishing, pew pew pew  or the sort of things usually found in modern games,

“The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a story-driven mystery game that focuses entirely on exploration and discovery, featuring no combat or explosions of any kind,” Adrian Chmierlarz of developer The Astronauts said at Gamescom

It’s coming to PC next month, with a PlayStation 4 version coming later; some time next year.

It should be just the thing for those of you who miss those old adventure games. Of course, we though the same of Murdered: Souls Suspect, until we actually played it and found that its “investigations” were little more than trial-and-error, or click-the-bleeding-obvious.

“The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a first-person story-driven mystery game focused on exploration and discovery. As occult-minded private detective Paul Prospero communicate with the dead to discover the fate of a missing boy and the mystery behind a dark ancient force lurking in Red Creek Valley.”

Last Updated: August 22, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.