'What Remains of Edith Finch'
In his famous book The Gashlycrumb Tinies, Edward Gorey told the stories of 26 deaths in rhyme. “A is for Amy who fell down some stairs/B is for Basil, devoured by bears...” and so on through the alphabet. Imagine being a member of the Gashlycrumb family, related to everyone from Amy to Zillian, “who drank too much gin.” What would your life be like? That's the basic concept of be like? That's the basic concept of What Remains of Edith Finch. You return to the Finch family home, which is empty and yet full – full of shrines dedicated to the memories of dead family members. At each shrine you relive the final moments of a different Finch, each of which plays out as an entirely different genre of game, from top-down adventure to flying a kite. As different as they are in game mechanics, they're sometimes almost as different in terms of affect, heartbreaking or uplifting, beautiful and bittersweet. E is for Edith, who starred in one of the most morbid and touching games of the year.