Play This Next: What Remains of Edith Finch

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Play This Next: What Remains of Edith Finch

Giant Sparrow's sophomore release is an endearing, emotional experience, and we think you should give it a shot.

Hi, everyone! I’m happy to be in the driver’s seat for the newest installment of Play This Next. PTN is a program we’re running in collaboration with PlayStation Store where we shine our editorial spotlight on games we feel deserve more attention.

I’m thrilled that my inaugural edition of PTN is one where I get to tell you about one of the most moving experiences I had last year. If you enjoy narrative-driven gaming experiences, I implore you to play What Remains of Edith Finch!

What Remains of Edith Finch

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Giant Sparrow’s more grown-up follow-up to The Unfinished Swan takes a decidedly darker tone than that of its predecessor, but it manages to maintain an underlying feeling of optimism throughout. An impressive feat, considering that the story revolves around various generations of your family kicking the bucket. What Remains of Edith Finch is a tale of juxtapositions: somber, yet hopeful; disturbing, yet comforting. It’s one of 2017’s most endearing stories, and a true must-play.

Watch the video above for a taste of the adventure that awaits, or head to PlayStation Store to see how the story plays out for yourself.

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  • I think this is a neat idea, to have some little shout-outs to some of the social media team’s lesser known gems. What Remains of Edith Finch is certainly one of those titles. An incredible relatively short experience that has forever left me when equal parts sadness and happiness.

    • Agreed! Any recommendations for future installments?

    • I was working on a similar project a few years back with the same goal. It was going to be called Get This Game but it fell apart. Had an official PlayStation MVP (RIP) forums thread going for it trying to get some support and ideas too.

      They’re basically doing exactly what I wanted to do. I’m glad it is being done. Too many great games get overshadowed by the bigger more popular titles.

  • Should have released this new segment last week when it was on sale. Might have given it a go then. :)

  • Hey, PS Blog Folks. This is a great idea. Good work!

  • I would like to suggest Blue Isle’s Valley as a possible Play This Next participant. I bought it on sale one week, and loved it. No one knows about it, but it’s a really cool game.

    Also, on the PSVR side, Korix. Korix needs more love!

  • By far one of my favorite games of the year. So glad you’re giving this a shout-out, it left me in tears.

  • I like this idea, Justin! It looks like a great way for you to give us a deeper look at a game in a way that the typical 30-second promotional trailer might not convey.

  • Sound Shapes and Okami needs a PTN (and sequels)

  • Great idea and fantastic game, played it over the weekend and totally love it.

  • this is an excellent idea, Im very interested in giving this game a try!

  • One of my favourite games of all time!
    Of the “walking simulators” (and I don’t mean this in a disparaging way, I’m just going with what the industry calls them), this is DEFINITELY top-tier! Gone Home, Virginia, Dear Esther, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter… those are decent-to-good, but Edith Finch is spectacular!

  • I wrote to Sid on Twitter about this kind of idea!

    I think you guys should ALSO send out newsletters to the Playstation community, because there are people out there that don’t know about the official Playstation Blog.
    We need to highlight/praise more Indie titles and first party exclusives!

  • Edith Finch was aaaammmmaaaaaziiiiiing

    The Magic Circle: Gold Edition needs to be on this list for the future. It’s a meta game within an unfinished game. You play the protagonist of a game still in development and try to help someone who is trapped in the game. The game developers are the unintentional antagonists as they make changes to the game in real time that can hinder your progress. They also cannot seem to agree on how to make the game and constantly argue with each other. Since the game is unfinished though, you can hack into it’s code and change creatures and objects to your advantage. Turning enemies into allies or making things fireproof so you can use them to jump across lava. They did such a good job making the game feel legitimately unfinished, unfilled NPC dummies, areas not colored in, even the soundtrack has the conductor talking. It’s also very heavy on the comedy. Fun and funny.

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