Platforms: PS4 and PC
Format: Digital (PSN and Steam)
Developer: Giant Sparrow
Publisher: Annapurna Interactive
Release Date: April 25th, 2017
Reviewed On: PlayStation 4 Pro
Review Code Provided: no
In the 17 years I’ve been alive, I’ve never experienced something quite like this. What Remains of Edith Finch is an adventure game by the fine folk over at Giant Sparrow. The game follows Edith Finch, the last of a long line of Finch family members who just recently went to visit the old Finch house after her mother died to uncover the secrets of her family. Edith was given a key to unlock a certain lock around the house and she has to find where it is. Along the way, she finds all of her old family members doors which each of them have little peepholes for various people to look into and remember those people. Edith’s grandmother started these “stories” according to Edith’s mother and tried to hide them from here until now.
Each of the various members of the Finch family has some kind of little memorial thing where you pick up either a letter or some object that triggers a memory of that person and it tells the story of how they died. For example, there was Gus. He hated his family and just wanted to fly a kite. In order to trigger any events, you’d have to fly the kite around to make the text move. This is just one of MANY memories you have to explore to find out the stories your family holds.
Edith is one of three children, the last one in fact in the entire family line. This house has killed every other member, so her and her mother left. There are so many trap doors that lead to different rooms that somebody lived in. Each one showcasing an absolutely gorgeous and interesting area.
Graphically, this is both a very basic and at the same time stunning game, I must’ve had my jaw drop a few times because this artwork is too astonishing. The music too is something I need to get on iTunes, it’s so beautiful and fits together so perfectly with the game.
One thing I find awesome is the fact Giant Sparrow gave a nod to The Unfinished Swan, I won’t say anything passed that but it was just so emotional for me to see all that Unfinished Swan stuff because I’m a MASSIVE fan of that game.
Every “dudebro” gamer is going to call this a walking simulator or just straight up trash. But if you put down Call of Duty or Overwatch, you might see that this is something beyond art.