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The Strong Narrative of What Remains of Edith Finch

he graphics are stunning; the house gave me Winchester Manor meets Fallout vibes. I felt teleported to a new world, which every great video game should aim to achieve.

Finding and playing indie games has become the highlight of my time here at TGON. I love sharing the labors of love these developers have created. From unique storylines to stunning graphics, games do not get much better than that. That is why I am here to share the hit indie title What Remains of Edith Finch.

Edith Finch
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The Story

What Remains of Edith Finch is a collection of short stories centered around the Finch family. Edith, the 17-year-old protagonist, is the last member of her family line. A perceived curse afflicted the Finch clan, causing all but one family member to die each generation. Each death occurs more peculiarly than the last, igniting a flame of curiosity in Edith.

She returns to her childhood home in Washington state to open the sealed-off rooms of her relatives. The bedrooms act as shrines but are willing to share information with our protagonist. The game progresses by playing out the deaths of her loved ones. As Edith learns more about each afflicted relative, dating back to the 1930s, she documents her thoughts in her journal. Overall, this anthology is full of mystery, intrigue, and a bit of sadness.

Thoughts

When I first heard of What Remains of Edith Finch, I was a little put-off. The story sounded a little too sad for my current taste in video games. However, after a bit of gameplay, those feelings went away. The graphics are stunning; the house gave me Winchester Manor meets Fallout vibes. I felt teleported to a new world, which every great video game should aim to achieve. The voice actor, Valerie Rose Lohman, delivered Edith’s lines beautifully. Her tone was calculated and serene, with a hint of dread. It was beautifully done, and I loved every moment of it. This is one of the most unique games I have ever encountered as far as storylines go. It was sad, whimsical, and full of fantastic stories I will never forget.

Odds and Ends

If you want to get your hands on a copy of What Remains of Edith Finch, you can choose from a few avenues. It is available on PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, Steam, GOG, and Epic. Overall, if you are interested in indie games with excellent stories and gorgeous graphics, I think this is a title worth checking out.

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