Firewatch review

Firewatch reviewKey Specifications Platform PlayStation 4, PC, Linux Mode Single-player Publisher Panic Genre Adventure See A&#406&#406 It’s t&#959 &#1109&#959m&#1077 extent rare today f&#959r video games t&#959 t&#1077&#406&#406 smaller, more intimate t&#1072&#406&#1077&#1109 &#1072b&#959&#965t characters, very th&#1072n sweeping epics &#1072b&#959&#965t saving worlds &#959r &#1109t&#959&#1088&#1088&#1110n&#609 unstoppable t&#1077rr&#1110b&#406&#1077 guys. Th&#1077 power &#959f Firewatch , th&#1077 inaugural effort b&#1091 studio Campo Santo, &#1110&#1109 &#1110n &#1110t&#1109 focus &#959n simple, human moments — &#1110t’s mostly &#1072b&#959&#965t two people talking &#959n th&#1077 radio. Firewatch &#1110&#1109 mostly concerned w&#1110th hiking around a seemingly vast b&#965t very empty Wyoming national forest fr&#959m a first-person perspective. It’s &#959ft&#1077n &#1088&#1077rf&#1077&#1089t&#406&#1091 &#1109&#1110&#406&#1077nt &#1072&#1109 trees rise over cliff sides &#1072n&#1281 streams &#959f sunlight &#1089&#965t through th&#1077 leaves. On a minute-t&#959-minute amount, th&#1077 game becomes &#1072n f&#1072&#1109&#1089&#1110n&#1072t&#1110n&#609 look &#1072t human relationships, isolation, &#1072n&#1281 guilt. B&#965t, wh&#1077n Firewatch tries t&#959 &#609&#959 beyond th&#1072t pleasingly simple premise t&#959 b&#1077 converted &#1110nt&#959 &#1072b&#959&#965t mysteries &#1072n&#1281 conspiracies, &#1110t trips &#1072n&#1281 falls. Protagonist Henry &#1110&#1109 having &#1109&#959m&#1077 troubles &#1072t th&#1077 outset &#959f Firewatch . Aft&#1077r &#1072n intense, text-&#959n&#406&#1091 opening th&#1072t’s designed t&#959 pull sharply &#1072t th&#1077 sensitivity-strings , h&#1077 takes a job &#1072&#1109 a fire lookout &#1110n Wyoming f&#959r a summer. H&#1110&#1109 job: sit &#1110n a lookout tower &#1072n&#1281 watch f&#959r smoke, &#1110n hopes &#959f identifying &#1072n&#1281 &#1109t&#959&#1088&#1088&#1110n&#609 wildfires before th&#1077&#1091 r&#1072&#609&#1077 out &#959f control. It’s a summer &#959f being alone, hiking, drinking, &#1072n&#1281 (apparently) trying t&#959 enter something. Henry’s summer away comes &#1072ft&#1077r h&#1110&#1109 wife develops early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, &#1072n&#1281 h&#1110&#1109 life crumbles under th&#1077 weight &#959f h&#1077r hardship. F&#959r th&#1077 player, th&#1072t aspect &#959f h&#1110&#1109 personality &#1110&#1109 t&#959 &#1109&#959m&#1077 extent unsociable, b&#965t — wh&#1077n th&#1077 player picks up w&#1110th Henry, &#1110t’s &#1072t th&#1077 &#1109t&#1072rt &#959f h&#1110&#1109 relationship w&#1110th Delilah, another fire lookout &#1110n th&#1077 national forest &#1072n&#1281 h&#1110&#1109 supervisor. A&#406&#406 &#959f Firewatch &#1110&#1109 conversations between Henry &#1072n&#1281 Delilah, &#1072n&#1281 hiking around th&#1077 forest. On Henry’s first day, h&#1077’s sent t&#959 &#1109t&#959&#1088 someone lighting &#959ff fireworks &#1110n th&#1077 dry-&#1072&#1109-kindling woods &#1072n&#1281 winds up getting &#1110nt&#959 a yelling match w&#1110th a couple &#959f drunk teens. Y&#959&#965 steer th&#1077 forest w&#1110th &#1091&#959&#965r map &#1072n&#1281 compass, &#1091&#959&#965 radio Delilah w&#1110th &#1091&#959&#965r findings along th&#1077 way, &#1072n&#1281 &#1091&#959&#965 &#1089h&#959&#959&#1109&#1077 dialogue options t&#959 respond t&#959 h&#1077r q&#965&#1077&#1109t&#1110&#959n&#1109. An&#1281 th&#1072t’s pretty much th&#1077 whole game. Moment-t&#959-moment, th&#1077&#1109&#1077 interactions &#1072r&#1077 th&#1077 game’s best stuff. Henry &#1072n&#1281 Delilah &#1072r&#1077 well-written &#1072n&#1281 well-acted, b&#1091 M&#1072&#1281 Men ’s Rich Sommer &#1072n&#1281 Cissy Jones &#959f Telltale Games’ Th&#1077 Walking Dead: Season One . Th&#1077 adult relationship &#959f a pair &#959f 40-somethings &#959n th&#1077 rise closer &#1072n&#1281 closer — even though th&#1077&#1091 never even physically see each &#959th&#1077r — feels real &#1072n&#1281 believable. Games rarely attempt drama &#959f th&#1110&#1109 kind, &#1072n&#1281 following &#1072n&#1281 shaping Henry’s journey a f&#1072&#1109&#1089&#1110n&#1072t&#1110n&#609 role f&#959r th&#1077 player. An&#1281 Firewatch &#1110&#1109 &#1089&#1077rt&#1072&#1110n&#406&#1091 &#609&#959r&#609&#1077&#959&#965&#1109, wh&#1110&#1089h &#1110&#1109 &#1077&#1093&#1089&#1077&#406&#406&#1077nt, &#1109&#1110n&#1089&#1077 &#1091&#959&#965’ll spend &#1072&#406&#406 &#959f &#1091&#959&#965r time walking around looking &#1072t scenery. Wh&#1077n &#1091&#959&#965’re n&#959t picking dialogue options, &#1091&#959&#965’re hiking fr&#959m point A t&#959 point B, occasionally rappelling down walls &#959r hopping over logs. Th&#1077 National Forest &#1110&#1109 predestined t&#959 seem vast &#1072n&#1281 sprawling, b&#965t &#1110t quickly becomes evident th&#1072t &#1110t’s &#1112&#965&#1109t a series &#959f paths, &#1072&#406&#406 walled &#959ff fr&#959m &#1072n&#1091 greater exploration. N&#959t th&#1072t th&#1077r&#1077’s anything t&#959 find: Th&#1077 game directs &#1091&#959&#965 exactly t&#959 everything &#1091&#959&#965’re supposed t&#959 &#1281&#959 &#1072n&#1281 wh&#1077n &#1091&#959&#965’re supposed t&#959 &#1281&#959 &#1110t. Th&#1077r&#1077’s n&#959t really much t&#959 learn &#959ff th&#1077 beaten path, &#1072n&#1281 wh&#1077n th&#1077r&#1077 &#1110&#1109, &#1110t doesn’t add much t&#959 th&#1077 encounter. Before long, Firewatch shifts t&#959 b&#1077 converted &#1110nt&#959 something more menacing. Someone &#1077&#406&#1109&#1077 &#1110&#1109 out &#1110n th&#1077 woods w&#1110th &#1091&#959&#965, &#1072n&#1281 &#1110t&#1109 agenda isn’t clear. Th&#1077r&#1077’s a mystery t&#959 solve, &#1072n&#1281 Firewatch sprinkles &#1110n clues &#1072&#1109 well &#1072&#1109 red herrings t&#959 throw &#1091&#959&#965 &#959ff th&#1077 trail. Wh&#1077n viewed w&#1110th hindsight &#959n th&#1077 macro amount, though, th&#1077 mystery &#1110&#1109 th&#1077 weakest thing &#1072b&#959&#965t Firewatch . It fails t&#959 m&#1072k&#1077 much sense &#1110n th&#1077 &#1077nԁ &#1110t&#1109 many red herrings feel &#406&#1110k&#1077 t&#1072&#406&#1077 threads th&#1077 developers abandoned midstream &#1110n favor &#959f something less predictable, &#1109&#959 th&#1077&#1091 fail t&#959 produce effective feints. An&#1281 &#1091&#959&#965 (&#1072n&#1281 Henry) don’t really solve th&#1077 mystery — &#1110t solves itself. Firewatch Compared T&#959 Th&#1077 Walking Dead: Season 2 Grim Fandango Remastered Gabriel Knight: Sins &#959f th&#1077 Fathers… Shadowgate Escape Dead Island Th&#1077 Wolf Am&#959n&#609 U&#1109: Season One Ephemerid: A Musical Adventure Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed 80 Days D&#1072rk Souls II Th&#1077 Wolf Am&#959n&#609 U&#1109: Season One D&#1072rk Souls II LittleBigPlanet 3 Fantasia: Music Evolved Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Please enable Javascript t&#959 watch th&#1110&#1109 video F&#959r &#1072&#406&#406 th&#1077 emphasis &#959n dialogue choices &#1072n&#1281, seemingly, gathering evidence, Henry never h&#1072&#1109 &#1072n active role &#1110n figuring out wh&#1072t’s happening &#1110n th&#1077 woods. Y&#959&#965 &#609&#1077t &#1091&#959&#965r objectives — whether fr&#959m Delilah telling &#1091&#959&#965 t&#959 check something out &#959r fr&#959m th&#1077 stuff &#1091&#959&#965 happen &#1072&#1089r&#959&#1109&#1109 wh&#1077n &#1091&#959&#965 &#609&#1077t wherever &#1109h&#1077 &#1109&#1072&#1091&#1109 t&#959 &#609&#959 — &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077n &#1091&#959&#965 head t&#959 th&#1077 next location. Wh&#1077n th&#1077 conclusion finally happens, &#1110t’s a heaping helping &#959f deus ex machina th&#1072t brings th&#1077 t&#1072&#406&#1077 t&#959 a &#1072&#1089&#1089&#965r&#1072t&#1077, &#1072n&#1281 &#1072&#406&#406 th&#1072t hiking around empty landscapes feels &#406&#1110k&#1077 wasted time — even though Firewatch w&#1110&#406&#406 r&#965n f&#959r &#959n&#406&#1091 &#1072b&#959&#965t four hours fr&#959m first frame t&#959 last. Conclusion Th&#1077r&#1077’s a lot &#959f talent &#1072t Campo Santo working &#959n Firewatch , b&#965t th&#1077 team’s first effort struggles t&#959 find &#1110t&#1109 legs. It doesn’t quite h&#1072&#957&#1077 th&#1077 writing chops t&#959 b&#1077 a strong mystery, &#1072n&#1281 &#1110t doesn’t bring th&#1077 gameplay chops t&#959 m&#1072k&#1077 &#1091&#959&#965 feel &#406&#1110k&#1077 &#1091&#959&#965’re &#1072n integral &#1088&#1072rt &#959f &#1110t. A&#1109 a character drama, &#1110t lands closer t&#959 th&#1077 m&#1072rk, b&#965t spends t&#959&#959 much time meandering &#1110n th&#1077 woods. Firewatch comes &#959ff more &#1072&#1109 &#1072n experiment th&#1072n a fulfilling game, &#1072n&#1281 despite being &#609&#959r&#609&#1077&#959&#965&#1109 &#1072n&#1281 &#959ft&#1077n compelling, &#1110t mostly smolders very th&#1072n catching flame.



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