I recently played (and finished) What Remains of Edith Finch on my Xbox. It was a wonderful game! I thoroughly enjoyed it. I plan on going through it again because the story was that good. Please be aware that there will be some spoilers in my review, so please use caution before proceeding, if you haven’t played the game yet.
My only complaint about What Remains of Edith Finch is that there are no instructions on what to do. It took trial and error for me to figure out what to do. After the game finishes loading, you are on a ferry, holding a journal. But it doesn’t tell you what buttons to press or how to proceed. It turns out you need to press the RB button to open it, then use the RS to navigate the pages. In fact, you’ll need to use LB, RB, LS, and RS to manipulate objects.
Once you open the journal, you go to the Finch house. You are playing as Edith Finch, the last of the Finches. Once you open the journal, you go to the Finch house. You can follow the path that takes you to the driveway that goes straight up to the house. However, to get the All Roads achievement, you will also have to take the other path through the woods. You can just retrace your steps back to the fork to go to the other path to get the achievement.
If you want to get the A Closer Look achievement, make sure to go to the fence where there is a little hole. This is the first “peephole” needed for the achievement. It’s near where you enter by the garage. I completely missed this the first time. When you get inside the house, the majority of the peepholes will be on the second floor. There is one peephole on the first floor (the library). The rest of the peepholes appear later in the game.
There are several stories that you’ll play to find out what happened to Edith’s family. After you complete each story, the character is drawn in Edith’s journal. There are a total of 11 stories. Once you finish all the stories, you will earn the Everything Ends achievement.
We find out at the end that Edith died during childbirth. She left the journal for her son to understand the Finch family history. Her son, Christopher, puts flowers on her gravestone. This was a very sad but touching moment.
I really enjoy games like What Remains of Edith Finch. I prefer to play games with stories and What Remains of Edith Finch provides a very interesting and engaging story. I do wish the developers would’ve included instructions on how to use the controls, since it was very confusing when I first started the game. Other than that, it is a beautiful game with a fascinating story.