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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: 29 out of 45
  2. Negative: 1 out of 45
  1. Feb 10, 2016
    100
    But no more than slightly. Firewatch is strong enough in virtually every respect that it can afford to fall a little short of perfection here and there. That may be annoying to anyone who demands absolute perfection, but for everyone else, it means that this is an absolute must-buy.
  2. Feb 8, 2016
    90
    Firewatch manages to keep you on the edge of the seat from the beginning to the end, even when you're performing mundane tasks as a ranger. It is thanks to the amazing and intriguing conversations with beautiful landscapes that this game gets the player on the hook.
  3. Feb 11, 2016
    85
    Firewatch is at its best when it allows you just explore is captivating landscapes and spend some time on your own thinking about everything and nothing all at once.
  4. Feb 8, 2016
    80
    Firewatch has a funny, surprisingly intelligent narrative all captured within a spectacular and grand setting that worth a picture or two. Even though there were some obvious performance issues with the PS4 version of the game, Firewatch is still more than worth playing, multiple times.
  5. Feb 11, 2016
    75
    While some players will probably enjoy Firewatch, others will find it very boring. Campo Santo's production will divide the audience, that's for sure. But we have to admit the game is below our expectations. With slightly stronger writing and some real choices with important consequences, Firewatch would have been something exceptional.
  6. Feb 16, 2016
    70
    Firewatch doesn't provide the same emotional heights or satisfying conclusion you'd expect from such a story-heavy game, but Campo Santo definitely shows promise with their debut project. Even if it won't have you reaching for the tissues by the end, this woodland walking simulator still provides a pretty great way to burn through an otherwise unoccupied afternoon.
  7. Feb 8, 2016
    40
    Firewatch probably should have been a short movie. Or a short story. Or a radio play. It should have been something other than a minimally interactive multi-hour first-person perspective videogame. It’s too modest an undertaking, too divorced from any meaningful player involvement. It is not the stuff of videogames. It doesn’t work.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 149
  2. Negative: 30 out of 149
  1. Feb 9, 2016
    10
    From the writers of Telltale's The Walking Dead Season 1 (A.K.A the best game Telltale will ever make) comes Firewatch!

    Firewatch is the
    From the writers of Telltale's The Walking Dead Season 1 (A.K.A the best game Telltale will ever make) comes Firewatch!

    Firewatch is the most atmospheric game I have played to date and the only thing this year that might beat it's atmosphere is Mafia 3 but other than that this is going to be the most atmospheric game this year no doubt!

    The gameplay is a sort of mix between a Telltale game and a "walking simulator" and the results are incredible!

    There is some performance problems though which is pretty sad but Panic inc. has said that they're working on it.

    Basically if you like mystery, exploration and dialogue choices this is the game for you!
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  2. Feb 10, 2016
    9
    People giving this game a "0" are absolutely asinine and spoiled. This is a wonderful and fresh game that delivers a gripping story andPeople giving this game a "0" are absolutely asinine and spoiled. This is a wonderful and fresh game that delivers a gripping story and beautiful landscape. This game has elements of suspense, (slight) horror, and romance all flowing cohesively. this game is 100% story driven and focuses on the brilliant voice acting. For $17.99, you're in for a treat.. Expand
  3. Feb 9, 2016
    8
    The game is wonderful, with a great story, solid sense of place, and two of the best characters i've seen in a game, it most certainly isn'tThe game is wonderful, with a great story, solid sense of place, and two of the best characters i've seen in a game, it most certainly isn't for everyone. For those who don't enjoy "Walking Simulators" (Gone Home, The Stanley Parable, Everybodys Gone to The Rapture) Firewatch won't do much to change your mind, but for those of us who do, it's a treat.

    I would give the game a 9-9.5, but until the performance issues are fixed, or at least treated somewhat, I don't feel comfortable giving the game any higher than an 8.
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  4. Apr 14, 2020
    7
    Атмосферный симулятор ходьбы. Поиграть стоит ради атмосферы, музыки, видов, ну и может быть сюжета.Атмосферный симулятор ходьбы. Поиграть стоит ради атмосферы, музыки, видов, ну и может быть сюжета.
  5. Feb 12, 2016
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. First of all, I have to say I found the hiking in this game pretty bothersome since I kept walking off the right path and going into dead ends. The game is a giant corridor and doesn't really pretend it's doing anything else but guiding you along the one winding path of its storyline. I also kept waiting for the "adult dialogue" (which some reviewers promised), but it didn't really get as adult as I would've imagined as Henry and Delilah only kept dancing around the truly difficult subjects. Otherwise, it's not a bad story to experience, although I think we all knew what was waiting in the cave. But predictable does not equal bad and I especially enjoyed the final touch of Delilah not waiting for Henry (as I desperately tried to navigate him toward her through the burning forest). Expand
  6. Feb 10, 2016
    5
    Forget about the technical issues. Never mind the little time it takes to complete the game. What bothers me, and I mean really bothers me, isForget about the technical issues. Never mind the little time it takes to complete the game. What bothers me, and I mean really bothers me, is the outcome of the plot. It's mundane and low-key, which is not inherently a bad thing, to be sure. But when you couple this with an extremely tense build-up that precedes it, then you have a problem. It just doesn't work; in fact, it spoils the whole experience. You'll feel cheated by the time the final credits roll. Expand
  7. Jan 13, 2018
    0
    This game is a scam.....
    There's plenty better options that are even cheaper..
    This game NEVER goes on sale for anything substantial...
    This game is a scam.....
    There's plenty better options that are even cheaper..
    This game NEVER goes on sale for anything substantial...

    Not a coincidence..
    And the character of the Devs are also NOT a coincidence...
    DON'T BUY!
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