The Vanishing of Ethan Carter came out a few years ago and like most games the second time around, this game was released for a special reason: it got an upgrade. It got the 4K treatment, and what a beautiful game it is. If you were fortunate enough to play The Vanishing of Ethan Carter upon its initial release and have been looking for a reason to play the game again, here’s your perfect chance. I’m not sure what the game looked like before, but in 4K this game is simply stunning. The sunset, the trees, and the views.
Most of the time I found myself admiring the view instead of actually looking for clues to learn the truth about Ethan Carter. Looking for the clues was half the fun, but when the sun is shining through the trees, it doesn’t hurt to take a moment to admire the view.
Gameplay aside, nothing has changed. The game still does nothing to guide you. You have to figure out what the hell happened to Ethan Carter all on your own. It is quite refreshing to play a game that doesn’t guide you, given how simple a few games have become over the years. As I uncovered more clues, the more I learned what lead to the disappearance of Ethan Carter.
The downside to not having a waypoint or a guide is that you might stumble upon the clues out of order, so you may not obtain all the pieces of the story in order. If you’re the type of person who enjoys playing a game based on exploring areas and figuring out the story on your own, then The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is the game for you.
The upgraded visuals in The Vanishing of Ethan Carter are an added bonus to already stellar game. If you’re looking for something to fill the void until the next slew of releases, then look into picking up this game. You can play at your pace and explore every inch of Red Creek Valley and all that this mysterious little town has to offer.
If you have plenty of games to play and you have an Xbox One X, you should still buy this game—even if it does get added to your backlog.
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