The Vanishing of Ethan Carter PS4 Review

 

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“The Vanishing of Ethan Carter,” a Steam hit recently ported to the PS4, opens with a bold, and somewhat confrontational claim—“This game does not hold your hand.” I have to admit I found it a little off-putting. Show, don’t tell, as the saying goes. Opening your game this way isn’t just issuing a criticism to other developers (the “…like other games” is understood or the warning wouldn’t be there) but a challenge to the gamer.

“You’ve had your hand held before, but we’re special and different.” The fact that the remarkably ambitious 4 hours that follow mostly live up to this bold claim is why “The Vanishing of Ethan Carter” has earned so much press over the last nine months. It may not be as narrative-redefining an experience as, say, “Journey” or even the offerings of Telltale Games like “The Walking Dead” and “Game of Thrones,” but “Ethan Carter” is an undeniably memorable experience, even just for presenting some of the most impressive graphics of the PS4 generation.There are times in “Ethan Carter” when the sunlight glimmering through the perfectly-rendered trees gives the game the look of a video more than a game. From a distance, looking out over the horizon of this visually amazing experience would likely be mistaken for a clip of reality and not something created using the Unreal Engine. You simply have to see “The Vanishing of Ethan Carter” to realize where gaming is going in 2016 and beyond. Think about the fact that, like all games, “Ethan Carter” will one day look dated.

It’s hard to believe graphics could get much better.

The gorgeous graphics of “Ethan” are in service of a story that’s, well, hard to explain. You play a private investigator named Paul Prospero. You have been summoned to a town called Red Creek Valley, Pennsylvania by a young boy named Ethan Carter. Ethan is missing. In fact, it looks like everyone is missing. At the start, you’re left in a field near a train track. You’ll find traps around the track. Are they trying to keep people out of town? Why? Shortly thereafter, you’ll find a mutilated body near the train track, and realize how the game “works.” You have to find the clues—a bloody stain, a crank, a rock, the body, etc.—and then piece together what happened by placing the events to which the clues relate in the right order chronologically. You’ll also chase an astronaut through the woods and take a memorable trip. Yeah, it’s a weird game, and it only gets weirder.

I found I started to enjoy “Ethan Carter” more when I stopped trying to piece it together. Like “Twin Peaks” or other works by David Lynch, it’s at its best when it’s moody and strange, like in the aforementioned astronaut interlude or a bizarre bit in which you have to basically put a house back together like a maze that’s been jumbled into various pieces. I’m not sure “Ethan Carter” fits together in the end and it can be too deliberately odd for its own good, particularly in some remarkably overcooked narration in which Prospero drops gems like “No place is truly quiet, and no place is truly ordinary.” Some of the dialogue/plotting here sounds like a Creative Writing student’s first draft.

And yet when the game works it can be mesmerizing. I found myself staring at old train cars or buildings in the distance, wondering how this place had gotten so desolate and barren. At their best, games at are this narratively unique don’t just challenge gameplay expectations but become thematically resonant as well. “The Vanishing of Ethan Carter” approaches that kind of greatness. It’s essentially a puzzle game, but it is one buried in something you haven’t really seen before. And likely won’t see again for some time.

Agario Game Tips And Tricks; Ultimate Guide For How To Play The Game And Get Ahead Without Cheating

Heard about Agario browser game but don’t know how to play? We’ve got all the tips, tricks, cheats, mods and skins sources you need to enjoy the hottest and most addictive new game of the year!

Agario or Agar.io — probably one of the simplest and most addictive time-wasting games on the internet right now. If you haven’t tried the Chrome browser game yet, but have heard your friends raving about it, then we’ve thrown together a beginner’s guide of everything you need to know about the game, including how to play, tips and tricks for getting ahead and where to find the best Agario extensions, cheats, skins and mods, if you wish to add them.

What Is Agar.io?

As mentioned above, Agario is a fairly simple and free browser based game (best used in Chrome) that can be found at Agar.io. The game was created by a user on Steam named M28 and released somewhere in the beginning of May. It has attracted the attention of thousands of players and even gotten the greenlight by Steam for further development.

How Do You Play Agario?

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So playing Agario is fairly simple. You basically go to the web address Agar.io and select a user name. Once you select one you will land on a grid or board as a tiny colored blob. The object of the game is to consume the smaller pellets lying around to become larger, while avoiding the large blobs that, if they absorb you, equal GAME OVER man.

Once you start getting big enough you’ll actually be able to start absorbing other smaller blobs players out there all the time growing larger. So simply put, eat and avoid being eaten. The proverbial rat race at its finest.

To control the game you just need to use your mouse/track pad, the “w” key and the SPACEBAR . The mouse navigates your blob around and the SPACEBAR allows you to split your cell(s) in half and the “W” key allows you to eject mass for feeding other players, viruses or help you drop some weight to get out of a tough spot (the smaller your blob is, the faster it can move!)

Agario Strategy, Tips And Tricks

Agario Tip #1: When You Are Small Hide Behind Viruses To Save Your Blob

agario agar.io game skins extended cheats hack how to play tips tricks google chrome extension agario 2 server steam When you are a small blob, a virus is your best friend… Agar.io

 

So, while you’re small, you’ll often see the aggressive larger blobs coming after you to eat you up. If one is in hot pursuit and you think you can’t get away, but a virus is nearby, that may be your best hope of survival. Big blobs don’t like viruses, because once a blob is larger than the virus the virus can split it into pieces if they collide. By hiding your blob behind the virus, you’ll keep the larger aggressive blobs away from you.

Agario Tip #2: Use Edges And Corners To Your Advantage

agario agar.io game skins extended cheats hack how to play tips tricks google chrome extension agario 2 server steam Agario has edges. Pushing your opponent towards those can help you get ahead. Agar.io

The Agario game space does have its limits and if you know where those are you can use them to trap or corner your opponent. If you corner a smaller blob into the edge of the game, you’ll be able to easily absorb him because he’ll have nowhere to run.

Agario Tip #3: Use Viruses To Split Opponents

Viruses, as we mentioned above, have the power to split a larger blob into tiny pieces if it’s been fed. If you have an opponent you are trying to take down, feeding a virus could be helpful. Just shoot by pressing the “w” key 7 times in the direction of the virus and when it encounters the blob you were combatting with it has the potential to cut that fellow down to size.

Agario Tip #4: When Your Huge And Hunting, It’s A Good Idea To Split

As mentioned early on, the bigger you are, the slower you move. If you are on the prowl for blobs and have grown pretty large in size, it’s a good strategy to divide yourself in order to travel faster and absorb smaller blobs nearby.

For More Advanced Players…. 

Reddit offers these tips for Agario players who have moved past the novice stage

When you are at 200-300 here are some tips:

  • If you have your cell in one piece try to catch little cells with space to be fed faster.
  • Try not to have more than 2 cells, you’ll be way more vulnerable.
  • The most likely way you’ll be big right now is by eating a big cell who got split too much (begin with eating a little piece and you’ll be abble to eat him all).
  • A little trick which helped me a lot when I’m trapped by one bigger cell near the border is to fake going in one direction for 0.5s then going in the other way. The bigger cell is slower and you need to take advantage of it.

When you’re in the top

  • Often you’ll press space when there are a bunch of middle-cells fighting for a top-cell destroyed.
  • Really be carefull with the viruses, that’s your worst ennemy. If you’re hit by one, try to protect little pieces with the big ones. In other situations, you’ll need to w to your big part to minimize what your losses.
  • When another cell is slightly more little than yours, try to abuse corners/borders or use other big cells to trap it. When you are aiming to eat it in a corner move “in advance”, you’ll be a bit slower so if you’re going for the down-right corner and you’re at the top left, just go down not down right (you’ll begin right at the end of the race) because you need to reduce it’s exit route.
  • Make the best out of a bad situation. Sometimes you’ll need to give up. Press space to save the most you can.

Agario Extensions, Skins And Mods

agario agar.io game skins extended cheats hack how to play tips tricks google chrome extension agario 2 server steam Agario has many skins and mods to make the game more interesting, like the popular “Doge” skin. Reddit

In Agario mods, extensions and skins are actually totally acceptable, but to make sure credit goes where it belongs, it’s best to stick to mods approved by the community. The best place to find good mods and skins for Agario is at the AgarioMods.com website, or install the Agario Mods Chrome Browser Extension here.