WTMG's Leo Faria: "The Vanishing of Ethan Carter ended up being a lot better than I expected, but it was still an underwhelming experience. It’s a truly gorgeous game that features visuals I never thought to be possible on the Switch’s hardware. It tries its best to distance itself from other walking simulators by featuring something to do in it, but its uninteresting plot, somewhat shallow gameplay loop, and overall pretentious feel annoyed me a lot. If you like solving mysteries and can’t be bothered to replay Return of the Obra Dinn for the eleventh time this year, this isn’t a bad choice, but don’t expect it to be an artistic experience like it thinks it is. It’s occasionally smart, but at the end of the day it’s short, shallow, and somewhat forgettable."