The Unfinished Swan is the rare recipient of a 10/10 score here at Push Square, so we've been eyeballing the imaginative What Remains of Edith Finch with intrigue ever since. Turns out that developer Giant Sparrow has eschewed the sophomore slump with ease, as reviews are out for the fascinating follow-up, and positively glowing. We're still waiting on code for this one, but should have a verdict for you soon.
Eurogamer.net - Recommended
An elegiac, memorable and affecting tale of the misfortunes suffered by the members of a deeply eccentric family.
Polygon - 9/10
In What Remains of Edith Finch, death is a certainty and life is the surprise. Its stories are enchanting, despite their unhappy ends. I was sad I never had the chance to know the Finches while they were alive, but thankful for the opportunity, however brief, to learn a bit about them. The final farewell left me crying, but What Remains of Edith Finch is, without doubt, love.
Destructoid - 9/10
Although the result is always the same, these vignettes are nothing short of incredible. They're all wildly different from one another and they constantly vary the presentation in exciting ways. It's never ever dull, even when it comes to the guy who eats canned peaches every day at 12 o'clock sharp. Most impressive though is that each one captures a different mood or tone before ending in catastrophe.
Game Informer - 8.75/10
Narrative is an important part of many genres, but for games focused solely on interactive stories, it is the pillar that bears the weight of the entire experience – a burden What Remains of Edith Finch handles deftly. Giant Sparrow devised innovative tricks to pull players in, making them more active participants in the significant events. The Finches' final moments are diverse and sometimes disconnected, but they have a thematic consistency running through them, so the tale builds on itself and delivers a compact and memorable experience. Juggling multiple perspectives and thoughtful reflections, What Remains of Edith Finch is an excellent example of what makes games unique as a storytelling medium.
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