The year is 1989. You are a man named Henry who has retreated from his messy life to work as a fire lookout in the Wyoming wilderness. Perched high atop a mountain, its your job to look for smoke and keep the wilderness safe. An especially hot, dry summer has everyone on edge. YourThe year is 1989. You are a man named Henry who has retreated from his messy life to work as a fire lookout in the Wyoming wilderness. Perched high atop a mountain, its your job to look for smoke and keep the wilderness safe. An especially hot, dry summer has everyone on edge. Your supervisor Delilah is available to you at all times over a small, handheld radioyour only contact with the world you've left behind. But when something strange draws you out of your lookout tower and into the forest, youll explore a wild and unknown environment, facing questions and making choices that can build or destroy the only meaningful relationship you have.
A Note: Firewatch is a video game about adults having adult conversations about adult things. If you plan on playing with a younger gamer, that might be good to know going in.
* A stunningly beautiful wilderness environment that expands as you explore.
* A tailor-made story: the choices you make shape the narrative and build relationships.
* An edge-of-your-seat mystery.
* Secrets and discoveries to be made over every hill.… Expand
Positive: 2 out of 2
Mixed: 0 out of 2
Negative: 0 out of 2
Dec 17, 2018It really doesn’t matter that Firewatch came out over two and a half years ago, because it’s just as engrossing and enchanting as it was the first time around. From the warm glow of its forests in the morning summer light to the subtle tension of exploring a rocky gorge in the isolating silence of night, Shoshone National Forest is a character in its own right. With a story that’s both funny and heartbreaking – and enhanced by some brilliant performances by its two central actors – this is an essential purchase, irrespective of whether you're playing it for the first time on Switch or simply using it as an excuse to revisit an old favourite.
Dec 20, 2018What initially seems like more of a relaxing walking simulator becomes something more consequential and dire. Anyone interested in great stories—not just those told through video games—needs to pick up Firewatch. Like Celeste and GRIS, Firewatch is a triumph of artistic and thought-provoking game design, and it can remind you of summer as you bundle up for the cold winter ahead.
Jan 4, 2019Played this docked with headphones on a big screen, with compass and map only (i.e. no map location) and enjoyed every minute. What aPlayed this docked with headphones on a big screen, with compass and map only (i.e. no map location) and enjoyed every minute. What a beautiful, immersive, relaxing experience. I've spent another hour in the free hiking bonus game (with continuous time, i.e. the sun rises and sets all the time) directly after finishing because I didn't want to leave the forest. Kind of matches the idea of the story, which seems to explore human escapism.
Compass orientation without map location should be the default as it adds to the immersion during the first few hours when you don't know the area well yet. Learning to use natural landmarks to determine where you are fits the setting well.
Storytelling, dialogue, voice acting, variety and details in the surrounding nature are excellent. I would have wished to see a few more animals or animal traces at least, there are almost none (you can hear a few birds and insects). I will replay this game as the dialogue can take different directions depending on your choices and speed. You can even choose to not talk to Delilah at all. Firewatch also comes with audio commentary. I've found that the ending fits the idea of the story very well, but you may need certain life experiences to understand why Henry (and you?) wished it would have been different.
People claiming that you can finish Firewatch in under 4 hours must have been rushing (running) from checkpoint to checkpoint, and must have missed a lot of exploration, looking closely at items (there are a few hidden story hints, e.g. in scribbles), side-tracking or just taking a look at the beautiful scenery and taking photos. I needed two long evenings and still felt that I've rushed through a few sections. Take your time and let the atmosphere sink in, it is worth it.
All console versions of this game seem to have performance issues, but imho on my Switch play through they were minor. There were brief stutters from time to time, and about 5 times during the entire game it got stuck for a 1-3 seconds to reload. None of these issues harmed my flow or experience of the game. All the rest of the game was smooth. Check out Switch gameplay videos if you want to see for yourself (but be very careful not to pick up spoilers). The performance issues were more noticeable during the free hiking bonus game, hopefully this will get patched.
This would be an amazing VR game too.… Expand
Jan 7, 2019An intriguing short story that doubles as a hiking simulator. Great voice acting, but the immersion is slightly spoiled by a low frame rate onAn intriguing short story that doubles as a hiking simulator. Great voice acting, but the immersion is slightly spoiled by a low frame rate on the Nintendo Switch.… Expand