So I recently finished What Remains of Edith Finch a Walking Simulator. Which tells a story about a family who are cursed. Whether that’s true or not I think that’s for your to decide. We’re never actual told what the curse is but maybe again that’s something for us to deduce as it’s clearly about death in some way. As we follow Edith(the last of the finch family) around this empty house. We’re told how each member of the Finch family died. With each story finding a way to approach the death in what I consider a nice way(well except for maybe Barbara). The best of these small stories was definitely Lewis’s. Not only were the mechanics amazing at telling the story, but it was definitely one I understood the most.
I came away from What Remains of Edith Finch with a weird feeling, not quite sadness but more of a niggling feeling in my stomach. It’s a game that gives you so many questions and really makes you think about life and death in general. But it offers so much, with an overarching story about this entire family. With small stories that tell us all about the last moments of each family member, with each previous family member adding a bit more to the story.
What Remains of Edith Finch is Sad but worth it for the Experience
Don’t get me wrong, What Remains of Edith Finch is sad, but it’s sad in a beautiful way. Which is why I’m describing it as Terribly Beautiful. That isn’t just talking about the art style and animation which is I need to point out, beautiful. It’s how it all comes together the music, the art and the story. With it all put together creates this beautiful experience that everyone should play at least once. Even if Walking Simulators aren’t your thing.
The Unfinished Swan is another game by Giant Sparrow that tells us more about Milton. Which is definitely the biggest mystery in What Remains of Edith Finch. I honestly can’t wait to see what comes next from the Giant Sparrow, I’d honestly like to find out what Edie had written in the rest of the book to Edith. That’ll always be niggling thought in my mind until we get that closure. But I can let that one issue I have with the game slide for this story.
Give me more Walking Simulators
It’s honestly a pity Walking Simulators get such a bad rep. As it might be one of my favourite gaming genres. Following a story that is crafted so carefully and delves into more personal issues than most other game genres do. Firewatch being another one I really enjoyed that everyone should check out. Which is a game I plan to stream on Twitch once I have some free time. Ok I should probably do a conclusion to tell you why I think What Remains of Edith Finch is terribly beautiful.
It’s beautiful game as I’ve said it looks incredible. The soundtrack is also so good (one you should listen too is Lewis’s Coronation and Milton’s Tower). But it is sad and most of these stories are terrible. Including stories of Children dying, which is awful, but it’s told in a beautiful way. That I think will help you get over the losses you’ll have experienced in your own life. For that reason I’m planning on getting my parents to have a go of it. I’m sure they’d actually really enjoy it.
So Basically, Play What Remains of Edith Finch.