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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: 67 out of 266
  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. Mar 20, 2016
    10
    Excellent Game Worth to Buy!

    Story Of Game : Firewatch is a mystery set in the Wyoming wilderness, where your only emotional lifeline is
    Excellent Game Worth to Buy!

    Story Of Game :
    Firewatch is a mystery set in the Wyoming wilderness, where your only emotional lifeline is the person on the other end of a handheld radio. 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.

    The game is a first person mystery, With a huge emphasis on Character development with your boss Delilah, and the ways that you interact with people defines who you are. The game gives options for player choice creates the responsive world, and while there are various different opportunities, there aren't branches of trees that allow different endings or discovering a failed attempt at discovering the mystery.
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  3. Nov 29, 2018
    9
    Игра имеет очень приятный визуальный ряд и музыкальное сопровождение, что отлично дополняет повествование, за которым мы наблюдаем. Да, играИгра имеет очень приятный визуальный ряд и музыкальное сопровождение, что отлично дополняет повествование, за которым мы наблюдаем. Да, игра довольно короткая, однако все эти 4 часа игрок получает совершенно новый для этого жанра игр экспириенс, испытывая положительные эмоции. Многие ругают концовку этой игры, однако я считаю, что она именно такая, какой и должна быть. Рекомендую игру к прохождению. Expand
  4. Jul 3, 2017
    7
    Okay so this a adventure game that is just beautiful ... every scene in this game is concept art with vibrant use of colors ... the story isOkay so this a adventure game that is just beautiful ... every scene in this game is concept art with vibrant use of colors ... the story is initially intriguing and unfolds rather quickly for me ... it has a loose ending .. which to be honest I don't know what to make of ... for some it is awesome .. for some its not Expand
  5. Feb 13, 2016
    6
    Firewatch tried to offer a good story in an amazing game world,but it failed to do that.
    It needs some interesting moment,needs more than 2
    Firewatch tried to offer a good story in an amazing game world,but it failed to do that.
    It needs some interesting moment,needs more than 2 characters,need a deeper and more convincing story line.The game just end up like a walking simulator to me,and the mission design make it like a linear game,not an open world game.
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  6. Feb 9, 2016
    4
    A very short game where the plot goes nowhere. Beautiful art direction that conveys the sense of an open world, but is really a series ofA very short game where the plot goes nowhere. Beautiful art direction that conveys the sense of an open world, but is really a series of corridors without any sort of gratifying exploration.

    The game is centered around the plot, but the ending leaves you thinking "Well, that was a whole bunch of nothing."

    Do not listen to the shills creaming their jeans, Firewatch is exceedingly mediocre.
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  7. Jan 2, 2019
    0
    Similar to "Gone Home", which is an interactive exploration simulator, Firewatch is not an actual game but rather an interactive fetch-questSimilar to "Gone Home", which is an interactive exploration simulator, Firewatch is not an actual game but rather an interactive fetch-quest story. I was immediately perturbed by the fact that this was sold to me as a game when in fact it was nothing more than a poorly-written interactive story. Regardless of what you do with Henry, the character whose sole purpose is to convey a poorly written story with a lazy ending, you always end up with the same/identical result. I saw no evidence of any kind that Henry could have any real affect on this world at all which is evidenced by a YouTube video that effectively demonstrates this with a "Silent Henry" walkthrough. Also by the fact that Henry can't die nor can he fail any "mission" since there aren't any because this isn't a game.

    This "story" was also very glitchy. I had to go online to get a patch just so Henry could open door(s) and pick up objects.

    The interaction was tedious and repetitive with all the inane fetch-questing and annoying dialog with Delilah and the over-the-top angsty teen girls who basically kept screwing with Henry throughout the walkthrough to an unbelievable and petty level all because he scolded them for trashing the park.

    As to the story, the guy attempting to gaslight Delilah and Henry was ridiculous and unbelievable. The premise of what he was doing up there and why he was doing it was riddled with unrealistic plot holes. Like how could he afford or get all that bulky and expensive equipment way up there and behind that fence. Then, how could he do all of it by himself without anyone ever noticing while at the same time faking permits and setting up all these elaborate government conspiracies and other bs just to gaslight two below average rubes out in the middle of nowhere. All that alone was over the top and pointless. The anticlimactic ending demonstrates pure laziness on the part of the devs. If it made you feel mad or disappointed, go with that feeling because it's the right one to have. Trust your instincts. It sucked and definitely wasn't "art".

    Overall this non-game, interactive, fetch-quest of a story/walkthrough was an annoying waste of my time and money. Poorly written, poorly developed, bait-and-switch "game" was a joke. To those claiming "this is art, man" no it's not, not by any stretch. This is a badly written novella. Ask yourself, if this were a book, would you actually buy it and add it to your library?
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