Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. It's a nice diversion from the run-of-the-mill military strategy games, and it's different enough that casual fans of strategy games might be lured into the glory of being a firefighter.
  2. 84
    The attention to realism adds another dimension to the experience, but the game is hampered by underwhelming unit control and lack of a minimap for organizing your plan of attack.
  3. What the game lacks in AI, balance, and vehicle control it more than makes up for with sheer originality, realistic fire, complex missions, and a level of authenticity only achieved through the collaboration with an international fire consultant.
  4. Speaking of the missions, they’re both well designed and interesting.
  5. EFR offers up engaging, fun missions, and it manages to overshadow its shortcomings with great and immersive gameplay. At only $20 I recommend this game to anyone.
  6. Each fire is unique and has several factors that must be considered before any action can take place. Emergency Fire Response lets you see if you have what it takes, and it's ex-fireman approved.
  7. The fires look great, the strategy and tactics are interesting, and it's exciting to rescue people and property, rather than trying to destroy it. [Nov 2003, p.96]
  8. There is enough variety to the missions that the game will keep you challenged to the end. If you're looking for a change of pace from your typical strategy game, give Emergency Fire Response a look.
  9. The fact that it's simplistic means that it's easy to jump into and have fun with, and the length of the game is just right - not too long to make the experience a bore, but not so short that you felt cheated of your money.
  10. I can honestly say that I have a little more respect for the people who do this kind of thing everyday after playing Emergency Fire Response, and great job to Dreamcatcher in making a fun RTS game that captures excitement and enjoyment based on real life people.
  11. A fairly simple fire-fighting simulation that manages to capture much of the thrill, energy, and suspense often associated with the profession.
  12. 71
    A fun yet still quite flawed title. Had the loading times, glaring issues with AI, and that cut scene issue been fixed, this could have been an A title.
  13. A great tactical real-time strategy game that touches on a unique subject and does it with innovation and class.
  14. For $20, this European import is quite a steal, and should provide plenty of hours of heated gameplay. [Nov 2003, p.112]
  15. For fans of fires or fans of just wasting away time staring into a dark monitor, EFR will be your "Game of the Year". For other video gamers with at least a half-mind, look elsewhere for your fire controlling needs.

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