The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is the adventure game with horror elements. It can be classified in the group of investigative stories as many other games like Vanishing of Ethan Carter.
The story of the game is happening in the open world where the main character explores crimes and perceive some objects.
The game starts with a letter to detective Paul Prospero from the young boy Ethan. The letter made detective interested in traveling to Wisconsin, a hometown of Ethan. From the moment he steps in the Red Creek Valley, investigator starts to experience various phenomena and violent acts.
Detective Prosepero soon finds out the truth about Ethan’s family. He learns about Sleeper spirit aimed to destroy the lives of Ethan’s family. As a result, his father commits a suicide and Ethan escapes from the spirit.
As for similarities with other games, we can notice that Ether One video game has similar elements with The Vanishing of Ethan Carter with more accent on puzzle ideas. Also, there is a game called Firewatch which shares a lot of common moments with Ethan’s story like exploration, adventure, mystery and atmosphere.
If you like The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, you may also enjoy playing Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, Dream, Murdered: Soul Suspect, Beyond: Two Souls and Alan Wake.