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[ REVIEW ] - What Remains of Edith Finch

A Sad, Moody Tale of the Finch Family - PS4, PC

Last night I played What Remains of Edith Finch from start to finish, and here is what happened...

What Remains of Edith Finch is a moody, dark, creepy and strangely interesting tale of the Finch family. The setting takes place as somewhat of a virtual tour through the Finch's seemingly abandoned home. You can certainly talk about and reference Gone Home when you strike up conversations about this game. I also feel a strong comparison to Firewatch or other "walking simulator" style of games. The thing that makes these games so great though, is the story itself. What Remains of Edith Finch is no exception to that rule. The story is fantastic, strange, tragic, and dark. Like a good book though, this was very hard to put down after the ball started rolling.

"I highly recommend the game and I think everyone that is a fan of an amazing story should play What Remains of Edith Finch." - Nameless Gamers PDX

The ambiance of the home is accurately depicted as a very "lived in" environment. The graphics are stunning and I actually played this with a Steam Link (my wife had secured my main TV with the Nintendo Switch for the night). Long story short, it worked great and the game is beautiful. Both story-wise and graphically. The narration is clean, believable and appropriately sarcastic at times, as well as moody in others. The music which comes with it's own "soundtrack" on Steam as an option, compliments the game well and is finely crafted to do so. This game did some things different from the other "walking simulators" of recent past as well. The summary of the game play, I'll describe as walking sim / mini games.

The premise itself is that, you are returning to your family's now abandoned home, and as you walk room to room of each family member a new story unfolds. These stories are complete with unique cut scenes or sometimes even mini games that walk you through what happened to those family members. It's a very unique and very well considered way of delivering an intricate story.

I will caution you, What Remains of Edith Finch can invoke emotions that you may not be in touch with often. This can cause discomfort and uneasiness for some. I speak from experience. Some of the stories aren't the easiest to hear, and they sometimes lead you in a direction that you think you are going, only to end up somewhere completely different. Overall, the game is fantastic and I would recommend it to anyone who liked Gone Home, Firewatch or other story based games in that category. This game has an incredible ending and I don't want to give away any spoilers so, we'll stop at that. I picked it up on the Steam Summer Sale. I highly recommend the game and I think everyone that is a fan of an amazing story should play What Remains of Edith Finch.

-Randy Lunsford

Sr. Content Producer / Bad Yeti Media

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