[caption id="attachment_4274" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Beginning of Final Scene in The Vanishing of Ethan Carter[/caption]
I finished The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Monday night. Oh - my - god. There was not a single minute of this game I didn't enjoy - even the scary/suspenseful parts. :) And there definitely were some of those. But to those who might not be into that I say don't worry. They were only perhaps 20% of the game. The rest of the game was about puzzle solving. Heck, even the scary/suspenseful parts were puzzles!
I also thought the story was very good, though I hated the ending. And the word "hated" isn't the real way I feel. If I told you how I really feel it'd be a spoiler. :| I will say it was the perfect ending for this game. Here's a clue to what I'm on about.
[caption id="attachment_4275" align="aligncenter" width="800"] The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Final Cut Scene[/caption]
You may think that's a bit of a spoiler, but it isn't. There were a few things in this game that were totally predictable to someone who's played a lot of games in their life, but the ending was not one of them - though there was a subtle hint throughout the game. Okay, maybe that's a little teensy spoiler, but if you figure it out you are better than I. I saw the hint in several places and didn't draw the correct conclusion from it. At the end, it was fun to be surprise in that, "oh yeah" sort of way! :P And even those things I correctly predicted were still fun to see played out.
If I had one thing to pick on about this game, I would say it isn't long enough. It took me a mere eight (8) hours to complete according to Raptr (8.4 hours according to Steam.) And there is no replay value to the game. Once you get to the end, that's it. You can start again and do everything differently, but there is no extra content to discover and you will still have to complete the same puzzles. With the game Tesla, there were different endings you could see if you replayed the game and made different choices. However, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is totally linear.
That said, I will be keeping an eye on The Astronauts from now on. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter was inexpensive and riveting, even if only for eight hours. I feel like I got my money's worth. In fact, the story will haunt me for some time to come. I really got pulled in by the game and came to care a lot about Ethan Carter. More than I realized even. I would say more, but this is a no spoilers post, so you'll just have to figure out what I mean on your own. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is available on Steam for $19.99, but I got it on sell for substantially less. You can also purchase it through GOG for the same price.