Firefighter F.D. 18 PlayStation 2

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

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 27
  2. Negative: 3 out of 27
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Seriously, this is essentially the world's slowest third-person shooter with hoses instead of rifles. [Mar 2004, p.107]
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. When boiled down FD 18 is really a 3rd-person shooter with not much variety.
  8. Play Magazine
    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]
  9. 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]
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Aside from getting to tote around the world's longest hose for hours, this game is just not very fun. [Apr 2004, p.98]
  13. Computer Games Magazine
    The infernos are absolutely gorgeous, with tons of realistic flare-ups, explosions, back-drafts and the like. [Apr 2004, p.7]
  14. PSM Magazine
    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]
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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?
  19. 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]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 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
    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 aMy 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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