Hello everyone! Today, I thought I’d talk about a video game I recently played, What Remains of Edith Finch.
I’ve had this game in mind for years, but never actually got around to getting it and playing it until recently. It was on sale on the PlayStation store so I figured it was time to finally experience it for myself!
About What Remains of Edith Finch
The game first came out in 2017 and was developed by Giant Sparrow. It was published by Annapurna for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in that year and for Nintendo Switch in 2019. It is a very linear adventure game, where the player follows Edith Finch as she explores her family’s home and history. Edith is the last Finch alive, as the remaining family members have succumbed to the family curse. The curse causes the Finches to die in strange ways, and it only spares one Finch per generation.
The game opens with the playable character reading Edith’s journal about the house, which starts with her walking up to the long abandoned Finch family home, which she has inherited after her mother died leaving her as the only remaining Finch. As she approaches the home, Edith starts to narrate her feelings on the crazy looking building she once lived in. Then, Edith reveals that after the passing of different family members, their old bedrooms were sealed off, preserving the rooms as they had been when the inhabitants still lived. She soon discovers secret passageways that finally allow her to explore the rooms she’d never been able to enter before and short gameplay sequences commence on each family member’s deaths.
My Thoughts on What Remains of Edith Finch
I loved this game! I remember being obsessed with watching the playthroughs of the game back in 2017, and it’s always been my intention to play it. This game is absolutely gorgeous and creative. There are beautiful views of the forest area around the house when Edith first walks up to it, and the rest of the game follows suit.
The sequences are all pretty unique too. One takes place in a forest park, another is told in the style of a comic book, a few letters, and each is as mesmerizing as the last. After each story is told, Edith marks them down in her notebook. I loved how different each story was, how unique every room was decorated, and how the love and care that went into the game really came through. It’s hard to pick a favorite sequence because they are all so amazing, but the sequence that has always spoke to me the most was Lewis’ story.
The game itself is very easy to play. There is plenty of opportunity to explore the house, and every room is shown eventually, but it is very linear so the stories are revealed in one specific order each time. Each story has a bit more room for exploration and variety as things can be missed or skipped but it’s never anything that will significantly change to the story.
I did find myself rushing through the game a bit, but only because I was just so excited to keep exploring and experiencing the story for myself. As with any game, there’s plenty of stuff that you have to acknowledge that it’s a game. For example, when Edith gets inside and reaches the dining room she comments how everything is exactly as she’d last seen it after their final family dinner. The food cartoons are still on the table, and honestly if it really had been six or so years later that would be disgusting, but the containers of Chinese food are clean. The house itself also looked pretty shaky, with the additions, and at one point Edith was walking on skylights, but of course it wasn’t about to collapse because that wasn’t the game. Even so, the house did feel so lived in and alive, and I loved how it had a story of it’s own.
Ultimately, I say that if you get the chance to play this game, you should! At least look up a playthrough online of it. It’s such a beautiful game and pretty thought-provoking too. It doesn’t take too long either, I think I finished it in a couple of hours. I highly recommend it!
So that’s my thoughts on What Remains of Edith Finch! If you’ve played this game, let me know your thoughts on it.
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Love this game! Nice review, have you ever tried out Gone Home if you liked this one?
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I haven’t tried Gone Home yet! Like Edith Finch, I’ve seen playthroughs, or at least portions of them, on YouTube but I haven’t played it myself yet. I have always intended to as that game also sounds like a beautiful experience.