What Remains of Edith Finch
- Year of release: 2017
- Developers: Giant Sparrow
- Story in a nutshell: a fish factory is looking for a daydreaming employee
At the time of its release, What Remains of Edith Finch reignited a discussion (very silly, by the way) about the importance of art in video games. While the game can be described as a "walking simulator," it nullifies the pejorative character of this term. It's a production that, thanks to the story it tells, delighted most critics at the time, who couldn't get enough of the way the game is presented and the characters it contains.
In this narrative adventure, we play as the eponymous heroine. The seventeen-year-old visits the family house and its surroundings, and through numerous comments, we learn more and more about herself and her ancestors. We have a complicated intrigue to explore, full of deaths that gradually lead to the collapse of the entire family structure. What Remains of Edith Finch harnesses the potential of interactive entertainment in a unique way to imaginatively show the story from different perspectives while creating uncertainty as to the authenticity of certain events. This interesting trick makes for an intriguing adventure, and the game itself carries a delightful style of magical realism.