The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, a short, open-world adventure game with investigative and horror influences, is now available on Xbox One.
Developed by The Astronauts, an indie studio formed by three ex-members of People Can Fly, it's been available on PlayStation 4 and PC for at least a couple of years now. With Xbox One X support and a new Free Roam mode, however, there's enough to attract both ardent fans and newcomers to its release on the Xbox One format.
Free Roam mode allows you to enjoy The Vanishing of Ethan Carter's biggest asset at your leisure: its world. Sure, the main campaign gives you a great deal of freedom to explore in your own time anyway, but Free Roam mode strips out all of the puzzles and narrative to give you even more freedom. And what a world is it to explore.
There's dense woodland, picturesque houses, a stunning bridge and more, and with the power of the Xbox One X behind it it's never looked so good on consoles. Three resolution settings are on offer - 1080p, 1440p and 2160p - as well as the option to lock the framerate at 30fps. Our advice is to go for 2160p if you have a 4K TV; the level of detail and clarity it offers is absolutely stunning, and the framerate seems to stick to the 30fps target exceedingly well.
Behind the stunning visuals though, there's a great story and some interesting puzzle-based gameplay to be found in The Vanishing of Ethan Carter. It may only take you a few hours to fully complete it, but it will be a memorable few hours we assure you.
Check out 15 minutes of Free Roam gameplay from The Vanishing of Ethan Carter below.