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What Remains of Edith Finch – April 2017 [Score: 7.8]
« on: December 16, 2019, 01:22:03 PM »
What Remains of Edith Finch is yet another walking sim, but it does break the mold slightly with a diversity of side stories as you move forward in the story. We play as Edith Finch, a young woman who left home several years prior, and is now returning to her family home to reconnect with her past.

Edith is a pleasant narrator, and as she engages with the history of her diverse and offbeat family members, she relates the tale of the “Finch Family Curse”, which has taken all her family from her, one by one. The Finch family have a bizarre backstory, arriving as immigrants and then building a home with elaborate but cozy rooms all on top of one another, which are eventually sealed shut as each member passes. The most enjoyable part of the game is to explore a new room via the secret passageways that line the house. And within each room, you can see how the family members lived, and then explore their story personally, as you get pulled into their lives to live out specific moments before returning to the present.

These stories provide a mix of play-styles. One family member turns into a host of animals that leap, fly and swim. Another puts you in the shoes of a horror movie actress. Another confuses reality with daydreams. But each story is unique and different. Once you live through their stories, the family member is inked into a family history that you are preparing and narrating.

The graphics driving the game are really gorgeous, and use different methods specific to each family story. In between the stories, you get to explore the house and its environs, which are rendered nicely.

This is a poignant short story, but the graphics and individual stories make this a must-play. 7.8 out of 10