Reading all of you talk about Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, I'm glad I gave up. I got that feeling that I'm missing parts of the story and I hate missing parts when the whole point of the game is to figure out the story. Following a walkthrough takes all the fun out of the game. I'd rather just read a transcript of the story than go step by step pc to PS4 looking for the parts.
Maybe I'll start again someday when I have nothing else to play.
I played The Vanishing of Ethan Carter today (currently on sale for $5.99) and it seemed heavily inspired by Dear Esther and Everybody's Gone to the Rapture (along with Murdered: Soul Suspect), except you have the ability to zip around the map a lot quicker. It's funny, as soon as it starts out it tells you "this game doesn't hold your hand." And indeed, you're deposited in the middle of this world without an introduction or any inclination of what to do but "explore." If I hadn't just been through this shit with Rapture, it would have driven me nuts, but this time I was much better equipped to figure it out on my own. Problem is, it's a minimal game trapped inside a huge environment which makes it feel longer than it has to be because you're mostly wandering around aimlessly hoping to stumble into something.
I can really only recommend it to fans of walking simulators or people with lots of patience (perhaps, both).