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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: 61 out of 140
  2. Negative: 30 out of 140
  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
    A truly awe inspiring game.

    Stellar voice acting and memorable characters that i'll remember for years to come makes this game one of the
    A truly awe inspiring game.

    Stellar voice acting and memorable characters that i'll remember for years to come makes this game one of the best titles i've played in recent years.
    The visuals are stunning. You could literally decorate your apartment with screenshots from this game.
    The story is spellbinding and exciting.

    I've read that some people is dissatisfied with the ending to some degree. However i don't agree at all. The ending is amazing and adds depth to to experience.

    If you have'nt played this game yet. Just do it! For your own sake!

    9/10
    Amazing in it's full right.
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  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. Jul 17, 2017
    7
    Firewatch is an interesting game and one that really made me open my eyes and pay attention to story based games.
    Interesting concept,
    Firewatch is an interesting game and one that really made me open my eyes and pay attention to story based games.
    Interesting concept, setting and scenario but unfortunately when the credits roll I think most people will be quite disappointed.
    Gorgeous graphics, amazing voice acting and for the most part a cool little story - however completely let down by the ultimate reveal / story and how rushed the ending felt. Also it is way too short to justify.
    Maybe their next game will build on this and they'll be able to produce something fantastic like SOMA. Who knows. Promising studio though!
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  5. Apr 18, 2016
    6
    Honestly? I really do not understand all the high rating reviews the game got.
    It has a lot of bugs that really make it hard to enjoy the
    Honestly? I really do not understand all the high rating reviews the game got.
    It has a lot of bugs that really make it hard to enjoy the game. I fell out of the world and got stuck badly.
    The graphics are mediocre at best and stutter like no game before on a console.

    The dialogs are good. Voice acting is outstanding. But that is about it.
    After all this is very shallow entertainment. I would only recommend this game if you have absolutely nothing else to play.
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  6. Feb 14, 2016
    5
    It had so much potential. Without going into spoiler territory, the ending just seems rushed. It just kind of ends. It leaves nothing to goIt had so much potential. Without going into spoiler territory, the ending just seems rushed. It just kind of ends. It leaves nothing to go back and do. I completed the game in a little over 3 hours. The controls can be frustrating at times. Walking down a hill can be the most annoying thing in video game history. Constantly getting stuck on a small rock or bush on the ground.
    The game is very pretty, but if you're looking for something with a great story and plenty of replay value, keep looking. You still haven't found what you're looking for.
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  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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