What Remains Of Edith Finch Review


I expected What Remains of Edith Finch to be weird & vaguely menacing, but instead found it to lớn be heartbreakingly sweet.

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Developer Giant Sparrow is no stranger khổng lồ sadness. Its previous game, The Unfinished Swan, is about a young boy coming lớn terms with the death of his mother. Sadness is a difficult thing lớn convey convincingly in a game. Grief is more easily evoked — kill off a favorite character & boom, your player is sad và angry and hurt and all the things that come with a loss.

But true sadness, inextricably interwoven with love, is not such an easy lever to pull. What Remains of Edith Finch is a very sad game, because it does the hard work of letting you get to know each member of the Finch family before taking them away. Those lives, experienced through brief flashbacks, make you love those people just enough khổng lồ genuinely miss them when you remember they’re gone.

You play as the titular Finch, returning trang chủ for the first time in seven years. Her entire family is gone, though that"s no spoiler. In fact, it"s the Finch family’s shtick. The Finches have always believed themselves to lớn be under a curse, & they all died long before their time — sometimes mysteriously, sometimes tragically.

The truth about those deaths was always a murky area for Edith; her mom didn’t lượt thích talking about the past, và the stories told by her grandma Edie were difficult to believe. In What Remains of Edith Finch, Edith moves from room khổng lồ room, reading the stories of each demise and piecing together her family history, hoping the house will give up its secrets.


To call What Remains of Edith Finch a game may be slightly disingenuous; it’s more of a storybook. You’ll mở cửa some journals, flip some switches & turn a key or two, but by và large you’re roaming the empty halls of the sprawling Finch house as the story is read to lớn you. Edith learns about each character’s death by examining a chú ý or diary left behind in their bedroom, the words spilling out on the screen as you take on the role of the doomed branch of her family tree.

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The creativity and care given lớn make sure each story feels uniquely tuned khổng lồ the person it’s describing kept What Remains of Edith Finch from growing boring. It takes some monumentally deft storytelling to lớn make the death of children — including a baby — anything other than horrifying. Instead, each tale is beautiful in its own sad way. Sam, Lewis & Barbara’s stories are particularly well-crafted, & Milton’s will be a joy for fans of The Unfinished Swan. But Gregory’s passing is the one that will stay with me for a long, long time. It"s a crushingly ordinary moment, painful because unlike some other Finch tales, it’s all too plausible.

What Remains of Edith Finch is focused almost entirely on several people dying in sometimes terrible ways, but it isn’t gruesome or creepy. Deaths aren’t played for effect, or self-indulgently drawn out to manipulate. They’re not unfair tragedies that a forgiving universe would never allow. Death is a thing that happens, và that’s how What Remains of Edith Finch treats it. It’s not about ends. It’s about Barbara, the child actress, và Lewis, who worked at the cannery. It’s about Sven, who enjoyed woodcarving, và Calvin, who liked rocket ships. It’s about remembering that people are more than just how they ended.

The central mystery of What Remains of Edith Finch unspooled at exactly the right speed, effortlessly sucking me in. It dropped just enough hints khổng lồ be enigmatic and not annoyingly vague. The writing is stuffed with evocative lines that convey mood without ever trying too hard.

Then there’s the house itself. Every corner of the Finch residence is meaningful in some way, with the bedrooms telling you as much about the family as the descriptions Edith discovers. Despite being full of secret passages and barred bedroom doors, it feels lượt thích a home where people actually lived, slept, put away groceries, watched TV, did taxes, played Monopoly. It is, without question, a very strange place. But it feels utterly normal. It’s both strange và familiar, which is exactly what it feels like when you return to your childhood trang chủ after a long absence.

What Remains of Edith Finch is beautiful và bittersweet

In What Remains of Edith Finch, death is a certainty và life is the surprise. Its stories are enchanting, despite their unhappy ends. I was sad I never had the chance khổng lồ know the Finches while they were alive, but thankful for the opportunity, however brief, to learn a bit about them. The final farewell left me crying, but What Remains of Edith Finch is, without doubt, love.

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What Remains of Edith Finch was reviewed using a pre-release "retail" PS4 downloadable copy provided by Giant Sparrow. You can find additional information about vtvplus.vn"s ethics policy here.

Platform Win, PS4 quảng cáo trên internet Annapurna Interactive Release Date Apr 25, 2017 Developer Giant Sparrow