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What Remains of Edith Finch is a first person experience, story based game. You play as Edith who is on a journey of discovering the history of her family and the tale that they are cursed. The story begins with Edith Finch returning to her childhood home. The home has a story to tell all on it’s own. Years ago the family left in a hurry and the home is starting to be taken back by nature. The rooms are still filled with the families things and gives you a sense of who they were. In and around the home Edith will discover journals mainly written by relatives with stories ranging from the early 1900s to the present day
The journals tell the stories of how they lost their lives through a short story. Each story is unique in it’s own way and are told in a range of different ways, for example with a comic book style approach, photograph, artwork, RPG style game, or a more general way of just experiencing life from that persons perspective. Most stories begin in the persons room, which is surrounded by items owned by that person, which give you a glimpse of their personality and hobbies.
What Remains of Edith Finch is mainly a story based game with no puzzles that you could get caught up on. The game does a nice job of pushing you along the way to progress the story. The art direction is beautiful, the voice acting is strong and for the most part the dialogue is solid. There are a few weak points in the dialogue and I found several stories forgettable.
All and all What Remains of Edith Finch was a joy to discover and makes you look at how fragile and amazing life can be. I love when games can make you stop and realize how to enjoy every moment in your life. If you like games like Gone Home, Blackwood Crossing, or Firewatch than this is a game for you.