Briefiew: Firewatch

When I got Firewatch I was thinking “well this game should be interesting”, and it sure was!, Firewatch takes players into a thrilling, gloomy and revealing adventure.
It’s a little gem and i think players who love interactive story-driven games should definitely get this one. Here is my review.

 

The story takes place on the remote Wyoming wilderness, it’s your first day of work as a fire lookout and it’s everything you need, peace and tranquility… but only at first. You can feel the isolation and loneliness, the only way to get in contact with someone is via a walkie-talkie with your supervisor and that’s it.

Strange events start to happen as the days pass by and you start feeling the paranoia building up but there is no way out, you have to figure out what is going on with the help of Delilah, your supervisor, who you can talk to and inform of the situation. At first it seems like its just nothing serious, but things start getting worse and you discover you are not as alone as you thought you were…

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Firewatch plays as a first person game and the graphics are not what you would consider realistic looking, instead they went for a stylized look that makes the mountain views look like a painting.

Gameplay wise there is not much to do around other than walk and interact with objects and have conversations with Delilah. There is a lot of exploration and dialog interaction as well, you will even get the feeling that you are or will get lost at any point during the game and I suggest you to use the map and compass if you feel the need until you memorise the mountain routes.

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Things I liked

  • Thrilling: The game does a wonderful job at keeping the tension going, the gameplay feels realistic and there are going to be a few surprises that will leave you in shock.
  • Great dialog: You’ll be using your walkie talkie to speak to Delilah constantly so it’s much appreciated that they took the effort to make the dialog so entertaining.

 

Things I didn’t

  • Chuggy framerate: As of today, the game doesn’t run as smoothly as I would have wished. Since the game doesn’t feature any real action, it’s not like the framerate will screw your gameplay but it’d be nice if it ran better.

 

Who’d like this?

If you’re a fan of suspenseful adventure games this one will tickle you in all the right places. Very recommended.

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