It is certainly no exaggeration to say that What Remains of Edith Finch is one of the greatest storytelling titles in the history of video games.
At its core, this game features a fantastical journey through a myriad of grim themes including the untimely deaths occurring across several generations of a cursed family set within a sprawling, isolated house.
What Remains of Edith Finch
Ever walked into a home and suddenly felt a flash of decades of life lived in that particular space? This is what Edith Finch is all about.
In the game, you explore an abandoned house filled with a dark and mysterious family history that you will unravel, one room at a time. Discovering a family member’s bedroom instantly transports you into a short flashback wherein you’ll experience first hand the end of that family member’s life. At the same time, you’ll learn more about the Finch family’s complex relationship, by going through the game’s story progression.
Each and every vignette offers a different visual style, tone, and even control scheme. And some of them even blur the lines between what’s real and what’s a metaphor — with the unreliable narrator adding to the confusing plotline. Though, everything does add up to be an unforgettable gaming experience immensely heightened by brilliant voice acting and an enveloping, atmospheric soundtrack.
What Remains of Edith Finch is a brilliant albeit short game, but there are hardly any games of any length that are equally engaging and memorable. It somehow manages to exceed even the sum of its parts with a perfectly executed, unique point of view for each of the characters within the Finch family.