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ID@Xbox Game Fest recap – What Remains of Edith Finch

We’ve officially wrapped up ID@Xbox Game Fest 2019 and we loved this year’s theme: Gaming for Everyone. As Xbox Ambassadors, it’s our mission to help make Xbox fun for everyone, and that’s just what ID@Xbox has set out to do.

The 31 games featured in this year’s Game Fest highlight diverse stories, voices, creators, and characters. Indie games like DandaraIn Between, and 1979 Revolution: Black Friday represent a future where gaming really is for everyone, and everyone has a game they can and like playing.

The Xbox Ambassadors Team and Playhosts streamed some of their favorite ID@Xbox games to celebrate diversity in gaming. Read on for our What Remains of Edith Finch recap!

What Remains of Edith Finch is a game set in Orcas Island, WA. Developed by Giant Sparrow and published by Annapurna Interactive, this game takes us on a journey through the eyes and writings of 17 year old Edith Finch. As a child, she was never allowed to explore the house in its entirety. Drawn back to Orcas Island by a combination of life circumstances and her own curiosity, we control Edith (and others) while exploring the house and some of the surrounding area.

This game hooked me right away and kept me invested with a blend of mystery, suspense, and tragedy. The story and the in-game world are both full of compelling detail and convincing characters – even though we meet most of them in the context of short minigames and in-game documents, photos, and memories. The way the story is told drew me in completely, and I didn’t want the game to be over when I got to the end.

It’s difficult to choose my favorite parts of this game – I loved the main character, the supporting cast, the voice acting, the storytelling, the beautiful Pacific Northwest scenery, and the emotional impact it all had on me. I found most aspects of the game to be bittersweet – it was constantly combining sadness and suspense with engaging storylines that made me want to keep playing through each memory, even after I realized which direction the story was going. The way the writing, the voice acting, and the visuals combined made for one of the most powerful emotional reactions I have had to any game I’ve played.

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A few notes to those considering a download:

  • The game is extremely sad and deals with very heavy subject matter
  • The game is extremely good, and best played in one sitting (about 2-3 hours to play through)
  • Having finished the game, you risk immediately wanting to recommend it to all your friends and family, like I did

All in all, I’d give What Remains of Edith Finch top marks for character development, storytelling, and a very human handling of heavy themes like trauma, death, and remembrance. I highly recommend this game to any story-driven gamer, and I hope you’ll let me know what you think in the comments below.

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