What Remains of Edith Finch has been a game that many people have expressed great joy in, and said everyone should sit down and play it. The only thing I knew about it was that it was some sort of story game. When it released back in 2017, I really just didn’t have time for it. It fell through the cracks.
Today, I found it on Game Pass. I looked it up and saw that it was only about 2 hours long, and I knew it was time to experience the game.
What Remains of Edith Finch is a game where you play as Edith, a young woman returning to her family home and exploring the past lives of other family members who lived there.
I really don’t want to say too much on the game, in case any one reading this has yet to play it. It is an exceptional game in storytelling and design. The game is linear, but does an amazing job of making it feel like you are exploring the Finch house on your own terms.
Every story told for each of the Finch family members is incredibly unique. The game changes entirely to suit these stories and they are all so compelling and deep.
I cried. I cried a few times from some of the stories told. The game is heartbreaking and emotional. I absolutely did not expect that at the end of the game I would exclaim “fuck that!” and proceed to bawl my eyes out.
Honestly, if you have the predisposed idea that games classified as “walking simulators” are not real games, get out. This game tells amazing stories that are well worth listening to and experiencing.
What Remains of Edith Finch was developed by Giant Sparrow and published by Annapurna Interactive. Another game they have developed and released was The Unfinished Swan. I plan on looking that game up to play it now.