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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 136
  2. Negative: 28 out of 136
  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
    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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  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. 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 15, 2016
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I love the inspired visuals, which are compelling in a serene kind of way. And, I suppose, the banter back and forth is a decent way to pass the time while exploring the world. That's about all the nice things I have to say about this overpriced indie game.

    At $20, Firewatch is a rip. It's not the length that is the problem, it's that so many of the game is undercooked, which is highlighted by the fact that the game could have been brilliant. Where to start? Ah! Delilah is a pain in the ass, and a bore by the time the game is over. She is every girl you've ever been instantly attracted to over the first drink at a bar, and repulsed by as the night wore on. She's far too full of herself, she is nosy, and she obviously thinks she's the most clever girl in the outfit (which she may be, seeing as she's the only girl in the outfit).

    Further disappointing than the wordy, mouthy Delilah, are all the unresolved plot threads. The main baddie is a total Scooby-Doo villain, and the setpieces leading the story along are pretty uninspired (go roust some drunk dorks, go find a way into a fended off area you inexplicably can't simply climb over, etc.). A mountain range in the wilderness should be a place rife with secrets and hidden goodies to find. Sadly, there are no such things in Firewatch's world. The world is also immensely barren of life -- where are the bears, the coyotes, the birds, the snakes, the ANYTHING? The most I saw in my entire walkthrough of the game was a few birds flying off in the distance, and that may have even been at the title screen; I can't quite remember. The world to this game is barren, which sucked me right out of the lovely visuals.

    On top of that, the mechanics are supremely limited. There are only a few items you find along the way, and don't expect to be too wowed by those, either. They're all pretty basic in application, and not creative in the least. I see where the developers were going with the idea of limiting exploration until you find certain goodies a la Metroid, but it just doesn't work here. The game became a bore to play, especially once...

    You get to the end. For a game relying so heavily on its narrative, the game wraps things up by having a convenient villain, and a convenient discussion with the cheeky Delilah, and that's it. For all of its narrative trappings, I ended up feeling more conflicted about the reason Henry arrives to begin with. As torn as he feels about his future, so to do I about parting with so much money for a skimpy game with a pretty face.

    Enlist if you must, but do so knowing that you could get the same conversational value at an Applebee's on a Friday night, and as much adventure at a bingo tournament. Firewatch gave me heartburn.
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  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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