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A new gameplay walkthrough video was released for the upcoming mystery adventure game for the PC and PlayStation 4 called The Vanishing of Ethan Carter. The title has been flying somewhat low on the radar until now. The game is gearing up for release and has received a new 12 minute gameplay walkthrough that will remind quite a few people of titles such as Heavy Rain or Dear Esther.
The video above was spotted by Gamepur. Now, don't immediately rub off this title as a boring mystery game, because what's on display above is a different kind of experience from all the other fast-paced, lightning-quick action titles that currently flood the market. You won't be pressing 'X' repeatedly while some guy jumps out of the bushes and tries to stab you in the heart, and you won't be dual-wielding AK-47s while wearing full body armor while blasting through a high-rise building with helicopters raining gunfire down on you like the wrath of heavens on Armageddon. Nope, instead you'll be looking for links to clues to solve murders, to uncover the mystery surrounding the vanishing of Ethan Carter.
Speaking of little Carter... players will assume the role of a private detective who goes to investigate a town after receiving a letter from Ethan Carter, who has vanished.
The detective that players are in control of is no ordinary private eye. He has the ability to “see” things. Players will be able to key on certain clues and then sometimes see them with the detective's psychic vision. The way the clues and environmental observation mechanics are handled look and handle very similar to games like Heavy Rain and Murdered: Soul Suspect, even though in the latter 's case it didn't score very well in the review department.
There's really no telling if development studio The Astronauts will be able to rectify some of the complaints levied at the adventure-mystery genre over the years – how the game handles, the pace of the gameplay, the diversity of the puzzles, etc., – but what can be said is that the team definitely knows how to set up an atmosphere of intrigue.
The psychic abilities really threw me for a loop, as I wasn't expecting that from the game. Combining in the whole feature to “talk to corpses” and following leads as to how certain events unfold is a neat way to keep players busy while the play-time counts up. I don't think a game like the Vanishing of Ethan Carter has a lot of replay under its legs, but it's certainly a lot more interesting than some other titles out there.
You can look for the game to launch beginning September 25th for the PC and PS4. The Xbox One version is up in the air due to the parity clause. For more info feel free to visit the official website.