I’ve never played Gone Home, but I’ve heard nothing but good things about it. It was placed on countless game of the year lists. I kind of went into the game with a certain knowledge about it.
I think the first thing that caught my attention was the fact that it’s set in 1995. I also liked the fact that it’s (seemingly) set during a rainy night. I think I would have enjoyed the game a lot more if I my 2010 Macbook Air was able to run the game well. Oh well, It’s still enjoyable.
I kept what you said in mind and didn’t go upstairs, I spent almost 45 minutes exploring the entire first floor. I like how the story is told through various letters, and items regarding your sister. It keeps the story is interesting and keeps you guessing why Same isn’t around.
I also like how there are references to Nintendo and Sam’s love of Street Fighter. And one wouldn’t know that their dad is having problems of his own in his writing career. Of course you wouldn’t know that unless you dig through a cabinet underneath a bar in a dark room.
I think finding things out for yourself is a big part of the game and the storytelling as well. I can’t wait to find out what else happens.