What Remains of Edith Finch: A Game That Feels More Like a Beautiful Film


What Remains of Edith Finch is an interesting and very different game for me. I usually play interactive games that have a lot of action. This game was the opposite, being essentially a walking simulator, but as it turns out, that isn’t really a bad thing.

The game revolves around Edith Finch and the stories of her family. Her family is believed to be cursed and each story you read is about another death in the family. You must play as some of the other family members as well, since their story is narrated over. I am not going to spoil too much of the story because it is one of the main draws of the game. It is truly worth a playthrough, just to experience.

The gameplay is an interesting sort. When you play as Edith, you walk around and open doors as well as discover the stories of other members of the family. The interesting parts of the gameplay come in when you play as other members of the family. In one, you have to take the right specific photos for the story to proceed, in one you play as animals and in another you control a kite. I can’t spoil too much about the gameplay because it will also spoil story elements, so just know that the shifts in gameplay don’t affect the pacing in a negative way.

The graphics of the game are okay. The better visuals are obviously in the backgrounds and the environments. When it comes to the character models, the graphics look heavily dated. When I entered the game and looked at the character designs, I thought it had been developed also for older consoles such as the Ps3 and Xbox 360. Sadly that’s not the case and the game turned out to be published in 2017 for Ps4, Xbox One, and Pc only. The graphics for the people are really bad and sometimes look like rejected Hello Neighbor character models molded out of playdough.

Probably one of the best things about this game is the sound design and soundtrack. When traversing the Finch home, you are followed by an almost haunting silence that is only broken by either Edith’s monologue or the moving of doors and items. This chilling silence leaves the player alone with their own thoughts and theories as they traverse the house to the next event. The music that plays during the other family member’s memories fits perfectly and is beautifully composed. When it comes to voice acting, this game has some of the best that I’ve seen in an indie game. The actors know what their doing and put a lot of emotion in their roles.

There isn’t much else to talk about game-wise when it comes to What Remains of Edith Finch. The story is utterly fantastic and the music is downright mesmerizing. The graphics can be somewhat iffy, but it doesn’t kill the great experience. I’m giving the game a 9 out of 10. Honestly, this is one of the best stories in gaming that I have experienced in a long while.