What Remains of Edith Finch Review

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Posted: A year ago, last updated 7 months ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Edith Finch is the surviving member of the Finch family, who seem to have died from a curse. In first-person perspective, you return to the family’s coastal home to learn about each relative’s final hours by exploring their rooms in turn.

From the same team as Unfinished Swan, each character’s story unfolds uniquely in the style of a fable. Exploring every inch of the intricately detailed, cluttered and lived-in house builds a picture of the family that lived here. Sifting fact from fiction is no easy task as the family’s memorialisation of events is often unreliable.

The pieces fit together like a mystery and the house itself holds all this together beautifully, but really the game is a chance to reflect on how families tell their story of home, childhood and parenting. It revels in the glorious peculiarity of life and how we must embrace all of it to be fully alive.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 18/04/2017, updated in 2017

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Playing

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 2 hours and 4 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

This game is free with Xbox Game Pass.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

This game has been rated ESRB TEEN.

 

The game was rated PEGI 16 for moderate violence towards human characters. Not appropriate for persons below 16 years of age. The examiners report expands this rating with the following: Game is divided into ‘levels’ that are an exploration of the defining moments of a ‘family members’ life leading to their death. One particular level is viewed, in the 1st person, as an animated comic strip in which some of the characters move and react realistically. Examples of violence include a scene in which an assailant is hit with a walking crutch, he loses his balance and falls over a stair bannister rail and lands on the floor below.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.


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