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  • Summary: In Firewatch you play as 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, it’s your job to look for smoke and keep the wilderness safe. An especially hot and dry summer has everyone on edge. YourIn Firewatch you play as 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, it’s your job to look for smoke and keep the wilderness safe. An especially hot and dry summer has everyone on edge. Your supervisor, a woman named Delilah, is available to you at all times over a small, handheld radio — and is your only contact with the world you've left behind. But when something strange draws you out of your lookout tower and into the world, you’ll explore a wild and unknown environment, facing questions and making interpersonal choices that can build or destroy the only meaningful relationship you have. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 65
  2. Negative: 0 out of 65
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Apr 12, 2016
    100
    This unconventional game combines strong story, beautiful natural surroundings and fantastically written and played characters. What it lacks in classic adventure mechanics, it makes up in great dialogue system between the main protagonists. [Issue#262]
  2. Feb 8, 2016
    90
    It’s a gripping, compelling story set in a truly beautiful world that’s worth exploring. Just go in with your expectations clear. This is a relatively short game that’s almost entirely about the story, which consists almost entirely of two people talking over radios to one another. You play a chubby guy in his forties talking to, presumably, a woman of a similar age who you never see. There’s really nothing else like it I can think of, which makes it all the more rewarding...I loved Firewatch, mostly, letdown with the ending notwithstanding
  3. Mar 15, 2016
    90
    Firewatch is a fantastic game, it has great storytelling and believable characters. It’s one of the more refreshing gaming experiences I’ve had in years.
  4. Feb 8, 2016
    80
    The ending will be a point of contention for some, but it all comes down to a perspective and regardless of that, you should play this game.
  5. Mar 7, 2016
    80
    Whether you're looking for several hours of mystery and drama or just a magnificent world to explore, do yourself a favor and spare a few hours of your time to experience Firewatch.
  6. Feb 9, 2016
    80
    If you want fast paced action heavy moments, this isn’t for you. What the game does offer is mystery, intrigue and beautiful design. The game isn’t very long, but doesn’t need to be anything more as it feels compact, interesting and felt like a movie.
  7. PC PowerPlay
    Apr 7, 2016
    50
    A bold experiment in semi-interactive narrative that doesn't quite succeed. [Issue#249, p.58]

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 68 out of 348
  1. Feb 9, 2016
    10
    A thrilling story accompanied by absolutely beautiful artwork. Ever since you start playing the game it will be hard to put down. TheA thrilling story accompanied by absolutely beautiful artwork. Ever since you start playing the game it will be hard to put down. The conversation you have with the other character is never boring. Expand
  2. Feb 17, 2016
    10
    Buy this game.

    The story is amazing. It maybe short but you feel the weight of your decisions after you have chosen them. Highly recommend
    Buy this game.

    The story is amazing. It maybe short but you feel the weight of your decisions after you have chosen them. Highly recommend buying this game and playing through at least twice. The art is wonderful and the characters for what we see of them are great and thought through.
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  3. May 30, 2019
    9
    I can understand people being frustrated with the ending, but I think it ended in the only way it could have.
  4. Mar 22, 2017
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I really liked the games first half.

    I get the game. I understand it's meant to be underwhelming- that's the point. Everything falls short and kinda is like real life, just disappointing. It's just a bit too tedious- though maybe that's apart of the point too.
    This game has no replayability. I feel as if this game was on the cusp of being something great. I was legitimately scared for a while, hearing rustling in bushes.

    Also there's a consistancy issue- "Every Cabin has one of those fauna posters hanging up"- but when you see her cabin later, she doesn't have one. This was just another instance of lack of detail
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  5. Feb 10, 2016
    7
    Great narrative-experience, accompanied by top-notch voice acting, art-direction and pacing, that's therefore weakened by a heartlessGreat narrative-experience, accompanied by top-notch voice acting, art-direction and pacing, that's therefore weakened by a heartless conclusion that doesn't make justice to the mistery established early in the game. Firewatch is memorable, but replaying it seems pointless. Expand
  6. Feb 17, 2016
    6
    The art style of this game is just good enough to carry this game, as is the impressive voice acting because there is next to no gameplayThe art style of this game is just good enough to carry this game, as is the impressive voice acting because there is next to no gameplay elements. You walk from point A to B to progress the story dialogue, and if the game wasn't as short as it is (3-4 hours), you would do even more backtracking which just occasionally happens at this lenght. The story is intriguing enough. I've enjoyed the game, but i do not think it is worth its price. Expand
  7. Mar 7, 2020
    0
    My experience with this **** game: Game starts out with a depressing intro, then after a short time my character bugged out and got stuck on aMy experience with this **** game: Game starts out with a depressing intro, then after a short time my character bugged out and got stuck on a rock so I had to re-do the entire game. Made it to the same point and it happened again, so I uninstalled this **** game and wish I never wasted my money. What a joke, literally no idea who gave this crap positive ratings, very suss Expand

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