The following review was originally posted on our sister site, Northern Reviewer.
Played on the base model PS4.
What Remains of Edith Finch surprised me in that I didn’t expect to like it, with me being the type of player who generally prefers the more action orientated titles. I found it to be an emotional game full of compelling stories that I just had to keep playing.
When the game starts, you’re holding the diary of Edith Finch. When you open it she begins to narrate her story as you take control of her on her journey through the Finch family home discovering the various secrets within.
Edith navigates the house through hidden passageways, learning more of her relatives as she goes. Each room is a monument to the person who used to live within. As you explore their belongings and the memorial of their death, you are transported to that person and experience their last moments, whether told by themselves or someone else.
Each story is told in a different style, with different things to do, some seemingly more mystical than others but all of them impactful. The stories although brief, are masterfully told and manage to make you care for the character you’re currently inhabiting. I found some of the stories to be more evocative than others, with some tugging at the heartstrings more than others but they were all interesting.
The gameplay is very straightforward, you control the character with the left stick, interact with either right shoulder button and zoom in with either left one. The game is short enough that it can be finished in one sitting but there is an option to replay the stories should you choose to do so.
What Remains of Edith Finch is made very well with some spectacularly detailed environments, although I did encounter some stuttering in some places, and a bit of blurring when moving the character around, especially in darker areas. These are very minor issues that you may not even experience however, and had no impact on my enjoyment of the game.
There’s not a lot to say about What Remains of Edith Finch without spoiling the story, so I will just advise that you play for yourselves and don’t miss out on this gem.