Back when What Remains of Edith Finch launched in 2017, we awarded it an elusive perfect score, lauding it as one of the greatest walking simulators ever conceived. But that was five years ago. How does it feel to step foot within Giant Sparrow’s lovingly crafted world now? With delight, we can say that the return to the Finch home is a triumph. The story is every bit as uniquely and masterfully crafted as it was at launch.
As Edith Finch, you play as the last surviving member of your family, returning to your former home. Once inside, you collect a number of diaries, recounting the bizarre and fantastical ways in which each member of the family was slain. Is the family cursed? Is it just a string of rotten luck? The game doesn’t provide all the answers, nor does it need to. Everything is presented flawlessly: the voice work is fantastic, the soundtrack is great, and the writing remains unique, providing a delicate ballet of cosiness and charm on the precipice of tragedy. Even if you know that each story will eventually lead to tragedy, everything is relayed with such sincerity and warmth, you’ll not soon forget any of the moments you spend experiencing them.
It’s easy to recommend playing the game solely on the merits of its writing, but it excels in other areas, too. While at its core a walking simulator, the vignettes call for greater degrees of engagement than would traditionally expect from the genre, creating more lasting memories of the minute-to-minute gameplay. This is best demonstrated by the infamous cannery vignette, where you assume the role of Lewis in one of the most creative sequences of gameplay ingenuity ever put to the screen. And this sequence hasn’t lost an ounce of its lustre.
In fact, the game looks better than it ever has. One of the only flaws in the original title lay with its frame rate. While generally stable at 30 frames-per-second, the motion blur and movement system could make things more disorienting than was ideal. This is no longer the case, as the game now runs at 60 frames-per-second in native 4K resolution. The textures are pristine and the performance is silky smooth, making the house as ominously welcoming as it’s ever been, with one notable exception: there are a series of peepholes that you can interact with to peek into rooms, and the rendering on these looks notably worse than the rest of the title. It’s not exactly a large issue, but something to note at least.
The upgrade also makes use of the DualSense’s haptic feedback, allowing for some item interaction to feel much better than with the PS4 iteration. We were especially impressed by the implementation of trigger tension when using a viewfinder, as well as a flip-book you can find.
All in all, What Remains of Edith Finch is an incredible game, made just that much better thanks to the improvements afforded by the PS5. It is every bit the classic now that it was in 2017, and remains an absolute must-play.
This game is a ten all day.
Anyway, does it have a platinum now?
One of the few out and out 10s I could give out without thinking. Just a brilliant game all round.
@get2sammyb Now it's an 11!
This game is one of the rare occurrences when I went into the game with the highest of expectations (due to so many 10/10 scores) and I came out with an even greater impression of it. Truly the pinnacle of what the walking simulator genre can be.
Is this a native PS5 title or a PS4 title with Game Boost? @get2sammyb
I’ve played this game years ago but I couldn’t picture it at all - I think I had this confused with Dear Esther for some reason. I’ll have to give this a replay.
Have they fixed the trophy list? That’s all I’ve been waiting on. I saw a patch roll in a day or two ago but there aren’t patch notes on the PS5 for reasons only known to Sony.
Hmmm, now this is a tricky one. I replayed Edith Finch last night on PS5 and still found it enchanting, beautifully concise, narratively bold and beautiful and utterly unique but I couldn’t help but feel the updated version was a slightly missed opportunity. Some, perhaps even myself, would say how can you improve on perfection but despite all my praise it’s not a perfect experience. The first story is arguably its weakest as well as the one saddled with the clunkiest controls and weakest visuals and though overall the game looked beautiful it could have benefitted from a slight polish in places as well as utilising the Dualsense functions which, yet again, is all but ignored. To be able to feel the wind rushing past as you climb higher on the swing or feel the water engulf you as you dive deeper into childlike fantasy would have a added just that little next gen flourish to the experience.
Maybe it’s because I replayed it so much on PS4 that the magic and element of surprise was somewhat lacking though that’s more personal and for anyone playing fir the first time I can only envy them the experience as they uncover these brief glimpses into this utterly unforgettable family.
Oh, and they could have at least given us a proper Platinum!?!
Il give this a go with the added bonus that they added a platinum to the ps5 trophy list lol shame the ps plus version won't upgrade
@SAMTYLER1974 Yeah I wish the DualSense haptic feedback was used a little more, especially because the moments where it WAS used were great! The viewfinder, the flipbook, etc. The rumble usage really stood out there.
There is a platinum now!
@glassmusic What issue were you running into with the trophies? I didn't see anything out of place with them while I was playing through
@shamirqushairi Native, with 4K and 60 FPS, and a separate trophy list
@get2sammyb @gbanas92 That's a great excuse for me to revisit the Finch house then. Thanks!
Genuine question – I’ve had this in my Nintendo Switch backlog for a couple months now. Should I play it on my OLED model now, while I’m still away on holiday, or just wait until I get home next weekend, pick it up from the PSN store and play it on PS5 instead?
@gbanas92 At launch there was no viewable list! Some trophies would pop but many would not, and the ones that did couldn’t be viewed. There was a patch a day or two ago so if you haven’t had issues, that’ll be at least one of the fixes included
Thanks for letting me know!
@glassmusic Ohhhh it was doing that! Yeah the trophies were functional and you would still have been unlocking them, but they just wouldn't have been visible because they *technically wouldn't have existed in the database yet. If you jump through a few hoops, you can still view them in an offline mode. It's a common problem when working with review copies of games haha.
@The_Pixel_King I would personally pick PS5, the frame rate and resolution made a substantial difference I think. Especially if you've got any sort of motion sickness sensitivity, the frame rate boost is especially worth it! But if you're not and you've never played it, I don't think there's a wrong answer. Great game no matter what!
Thanks for the paragraph on graphics!
Played it some time ago on GamePass and was very impressed. Listened to a podcast on it (Cane and Rinse series - THOROUGHLY recommended for gaming fans out there who like to listen to 2 hour deep dives on specific games and no I’m not on a commission, just a Podcast has made me want to play again but will likely do so on GP or wait until it’s on Plus which I’m sure it will be at some point.
Well from what I recall it was mostly boring, glad so many people enjoy it but I'll never bother with it again, I like a lot of their other stuff but this not so much.
@Ico1977 It was already one of the free games (although that version doesn't include the PS5 upgrade, unfortunately). Unless you mean one of the higher tiers, in which case, who knows, it could show up any time!
Anyone who gives this game 10/10 has never played it till the end and that includes you Graham Banas. It's a 8/10 game all day long, sorry the few hours you play it, and that's being generous. 10/10? You're being silly now
It is indeed a superb experience.
Walking simulator is such a ridiculous misnomer. Arguably Death Stranding is a walking simulator. How did strong narrative experiences with minimal interaction ever become classed as walking simulators? Can this silly term be wiped from existence please?
Loved it when it came out and ha been looking for an excuse to come back. But two game-breaking bugs in 15-20 mins made me uninstall (got caught in graphics in the woods and had to start over; a little later, my tentacle monster-form suddenly flew up in the sky and just wriggled there).
I've postponed playing this forever, guess it's time to play it tonight.
This, and Firewatch where 2 of my fav indie games from the PS4 gen, actually replayed Firewatch just last week!
Great game. I feel PS gave away a bit too much in their second paragraph but apart from that good piece and highly recommend.
This and Disco Elysium are an absolute 'must play' for any lover of narrative-heavy games. Two genuine 10/10s - they couldn't get any better!
@The_Pixel_King "should I double-dip on a game I'm not even sure I like, when I clearly have not had the time or will to play it by now?" The answer to this should be pretty clear, dude...
@GuyProsciutto Erm, you’re really paraphrasing there, my friend. I absolutely know that WROEF is a game I want, nay, need to play. I just haven't found the time to do so due to a couple other games taking up a lot of my spare time and real life stuff.
Just so happens that I’m pretty much ready to play it now, and wondered if people who’ve played the game think the PS5 version would be worth the double-dip. In simple terms; should I buy Edith Finch on PS5 or will the Switch version I already own suffice for this particular game?
Perhaps I should’ve been clearer.
@Gloamin And Kentucky Route Zero! I've had my copy of Disco Elysium sitting in front of my TV for months, I really need to start it...
@munkholt Oh god, what? Both so soon into the game too! What in the world? I don't think I've encountered a bug with this one on any of the platforms I played it on, sorry to hear the replay was tarnished!
@gbanas92 Yes! And Kentucky Route Zero! I haven't actually finished that one yet though 😬 maybe now is the time
@Gloamin Alright deal time. You finish KR0 and I'll start Disco Elysium!
@johncalmc Wait the game originally didn't have a platinum?! Please tell me more.
@gbanas92 it's a date!
@Gloamin Yesssss, guess it's time to actually put that disc into the console then! haha
@KidBoruto Yeah it was during that weird phase where indie games had platinum trophies seemingly at random, and Edith Finch was one of the ones that didn't get it! The PS5 version has 2 new trophies, and then the Platinum of course!
@gbanas92 Thanks for the backstory on the situation!
@KidBoruto No problem!
Wow this game really is incredible
Never ever played until today
I agree, this game is near perfect.
@Specstar what are you on about?
Just finished this in 2 sittings on the series x as a wild card choice before leaves gamepass.
Wow, what a game, never played anything like it. Really powerful experience, not sure how to sell it/describe it right now. But well worth a few hours of your time imo.
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