What Remains Of Edith Finch Review: Magical Ode To The Joy Of Storytelling


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

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Developer Giant Sparrow is no stranger lớn sadness. Its previous game, The Unfinished Swan, is about a young boy coming to lớn terms with the death of his mother. Sadness is a difficult thing to lớn convey convincingly in a game. Grief is more easily evoked — kill off a favorite character và boom, your player is sad và angry and hurt & 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 thành viên of the Finch family before taking them away. Those lives, experienced through brief flashbacks, make you love those people just enough to lớn genuinely miss them when you remember they’re gone.

You play as the titular Finch, returning home 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 khổng lồ be under a curse, and 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, & the stories told by her grandma Edie were difficult khổng lồ believe. In What Remains of Edith Finch, Edith moves from room lớn room, reading the stories of each demise & piecing together her family history, hoping the house will give up its secrets.


To điện thoại tư vấn 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 note 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 to lớn make sure each story feels uniquely tuned lớn the person it’s describing kept What Remains of Edith Finch from growing boring. It takes some monumentally deft storytelling 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 lớn manipulate. They’re not unfair tragedies that a forgiving universe would never allow. Death is a thing that happens, and 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, and 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 lớn be enigmatic và 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 và barred bedroom doors, it feels lượt thích a trang chủ 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 lượt thích when you return lớn your childhood home after a long absence.

What Remains of Edith Finch is beautiful & bittersweet

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

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 doanhnghiepnet.com.vn"s ethics policy here.

Platform Win, PS4 advertiser Annapurna Interactive Release Date Apr 25, 2017 Developer Giant Sparrow