What Remains of Edith Finch
“What Remains of Edith Finch” is a collection of short stories about an ill-starred family in Washington State. Each story offers a chance to experience the life of a different family member from the early 1900s to the present day. The gameplay and the tone of the stories are as varied as the family members themselves. The only constants are that each is played from a first-person perspective and that each story ends with that family member’s death.
“The true accomplishment of ‘What Remains of Edith Finch’ is that it invites players to abandon the dream of interactive storytelling at last. Yes, sure, you can tell a story in a game. But what a lot of work that is, when it’s so much easier to watch television, or to read. . . . If there is a future of games, let alone a future in which they discover their potential as a defining medium of an era, it will be one in which games abandon the dream of becoming narrative media and pursue the one they are already so good at: taking the tidy, ordinary world apart and putting it back together again in surprising, ghastly new ways.”