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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: 58 out of 130
  2. Negative: 28 out of 130
  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 11, 2016
    9
    After reading IGNs 9.3 review on Firewatch, and seeing it for £13.49 on PSN (with PS+ discount), I felt this game ticks lots of boxes of aAfter reading IGNs 9.3 review on Firewatch, and seeing it for £13.49 on PSN (with PS+ discount), I felt this game ticks lots of boxes of a game style I don't currently own, a walking Sim as they're currently called.

    Being a fan of non-fiction, I can appreciate good writing. Firewatch exceeded my expectations of script within the first few hours of gameplay. It's refreshingly witty, sensitive, emotional and well, real. Much like the banter I have with friends, I felt the game allowed and even encouraged it.

    As far as performance goes, I've read a lot about frame-rate issues on the PS4 version, but I've really not noticed these myself. It feels a good pace and to be honest, my boy-scout skills of map-reading weren't up to scratch and I found I spent a lot of time early on working that out whilst going to the wrong places!

    You really need to accept with Firewatch that it's a 5 / 6 hour journey to completion. That it's not going to demand frantic gameplay, and it wants to consume you into the character and natural world around you. All of these things it does fantastically, beyond that actually.

    This game will leave its mark on you. The weight of the characters past and the bitterness that consumes is melancholic-bliss.

    IGN reviewer said this was one of the most refreshing and memorable games of the last decade. I would agree fully. For me, I got it really as a break from Fallout4 whilst awaiting the DLC, and it has been simply a joy to play.

    Highly recommend this for people looking for escapism in gaming. Its a delight!
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  3. Feb 10, 2016
    9
    The game looks absolutely stunning. It's watercolour-like art style is quite unique and only goes further to enhance the area in which theThe game looks absolutely stunning. It's watercolour-like art style is quite unique and only goes further to enhance the area in which the game takes place. The writing is superb and it is clear to see why when several of those who worked on the game also worked on Season 1 of Telltale's The Walking Dead. It's natural flow of dialogue, adult themes and convincing conversations really hold this game up when compared to other games, even those that are classed as "AAA". The game-play mechanics are quite similar to other games in it's genre but do just enough to separate it from the rest, especially with the walkie-talkie which is your only tool of communication. Other than some performance issues on the PS4, it is generally difficult to find any faults with the game. For £15, or 13.49 for those with PS+. this roughly 6-7 hour game is definitely worth the price, even for those not yet sold on "walking simulator" games.
    Overall this game is a great debut for this new developer and hopefully it represents what great games are still to come.
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  4. Feb 10, 2016
    7
    Great art direction, great writing, great voice acting. The music and audio were poorly implemented and often under-designed, and the gameGreat art direction, great writing, great voice acting. The music and audio were poorly implemented and often under-designed, and the game mechanics were sometimes glitchy and unreliable. I had one crash and had framerate issues throughout my entire playthrough. This game is entirely dialogue driven and has some really great moments. There is a great buildup through out the entire game and for the last hour I was on the edge of my seat. Unfortunately there was no real payoff to release the tension and it felt more like a balloon being slowly released. A good game on the cusp of being great. Expand
  5. Aug 24, 2016
    6
    The game has a nice art style to it. I enjoyed the conversations between the two characters, the setting (both scenery and era). The storyThe game has a nice art style to it. I enjoyed the conversations between the two characters, the setting (both scenery and era). The story isn't all that bad, although like others have said, the end feels a bit rushed.

    It is a pretty short game and since one of the factors I judge games on is how much I pay vs amount of enjoyment I get, I'd say this falls a bit short as $20CDN is a bit steep for a 3-4 hour game that you're likely to only play once.
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  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 4, 2018
    0
    Piece of crap. Wasted time and money. If you are over 18 i reccomedn you not to buy this game.

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