• Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Mar 9, 2004
Metascore
63

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 27
  2. Negative: 3 out of 27
  1. I really didn’t know what to expect going in, I mean, “How fun can spraying water at fire be?” Turns out its pretty darn fun and compelling.
  2. A fun game for the most part, but it does seem to get a little repetitive. While rescuing the survivors is the main focus of the game, fighting the boss fires is where the real fun is. Unfortunately that is just a small part of the game.
  3. 80
    Despite a contrived love story, limited camera control, and levels that tend to drag, Konami has provided a refreshing change of pace in this punishing man-versus-nature offering that it requires you to stem the tide of destruction and actually save lives for once. [Apr 2004, p.74]
  4. 8 / 8 / 8 / 7 - 31 silver [Vol 794; 5 Mar 2004]
  5. This is also one of those games that outright begs for a bigger, badder and hotter (pun fully intended) sequel.
  6. Fighting fires instead of more typical corporeal opponents is certainly a refreshing change, but the gameplay can't make entirely good on Firefighter's unique concept.
  7. The pressure and redundancy might annoy some gamers, but it looks and feels appropriately hectic - and it's a morally upstanding, heroically-themed videogame. [Apr 2004, p.40]
  8. If you're willing to learn its patterns and work to counteract them, it offers a challenge that's quite unlike any other game on the market these days. It's occasionally frustrating, yes, but it is, at least, frustrating in a new way.
  9. It can be really hard at times, but this difficult really does add to the atmosphere in this game, almost to the point where you will feel the flames licking at you.
  10. 68
    With such a limited amount that Konami could do with such a title, there's enough variety in the obstacles and the bosses to keep things interesting.
  11. As with all pure action games, FD18 has its annoyances and limitations. It plays like an arcade game, with unfair surprises taking you down at least once, forcing you to play each area to perfection.
  12. Very creative bosses and a worthwhile back story make Firefighter well worth checking out for anyone with the slightest interest in teh premise. [Apr 2004, p.64]
  13. The infernos are absolutely gorgeous, with tons of realistic flare-ups, explosions, back-drafts and the like. [Apr 2004, p.7]
  14. When boiled down FD 18 is really a 3rd-person shooter with not much variety.
  15. Interesting diversion. Yet for all this novelty, one realises that the linearity and the lack of player freedom (and opportunities) really puts a dampener on what could have been something gloriously different.
  16. Real life heroes they may be, but trudging round extinguishing virtual flames soon becomes a fairly tiresome effort and you'll find yourself hankering for something a little more action-packed.
  17. Attempts to be something new and tries hard to make a genre for itself. However, it doesn't exactly succeed due to stale gameplay mechanics, cheap puzzles and sloppy graphics. [JPN Import]
  18. The experience is over too quickly, and with barely anything to unlock it's a big question mark as to whether its $39.99 price is justified.
  19. A fun romp for the short time you’ll have with it. The game is quite short in length, but not short on fun and excitement.
  20. Proves that battling blazes is not only a hazardous profession, but it's also tedious, frustrating, and a real head trip (wait till you face fire-possessed flying laundry and fireman-hating robots.) [Apr 2004, p.120]
  21. You might even turn a blind eye to some of the dull, repetitive levels because they don't last too long. But can you forgive the control set that has you shooting your nozzle with R1 while aiming with the right stick?
  22. You certainly can't fault Firefighter F.D 18 for fiery originality, but its ambitions are cruelly extinguished by overly simplistic game design and a clunky control system makes it the kind of cult curiosity that only the true hardcore would ever dare parting cash for.
  23. Seriously, this is essentially the world's slowest third-person shooter with hoses instead of rifles. [Mar 2004, p.107]
  24. Aside from getting to tote around the world's longest hose for hours, this game is just not very fun. [Apr 2004, p.98]
  25. Rather from the bold, unique effort I hoped it would be, it's a weak, contrived bore that never gets off the ground. A four alarm blaze? More like a soggy day-old campfire.
  26. 40
    Has its moments, but it doesn't offer enough reward for braving the flames.
  27. Misses the mark completely due to its slow pace and boring gameplay. Fire bad, indeed.
User Score
8.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Nov 20, 2012
    9
    My all time favorite game. This is a must have for any PS2 owner. I was completely enthralled the entire time I played this game. This is a game that is easy to love. The graphics still hold up well even today, the missions are downright fun and the hazardous environment around you makes the gameplay never have a dull moment.
    The only bad thing I have to say about this game is the item selection screen. I wish they had implemented hot keys so I wouldn't need to pause the game every time I needed to use the Fire Axe.
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