Firewatch

Firewatch is a single player, survival based game where you are following a volunteer fire lookout during the aftermath of the Yellowstone fires in 1988.

Firewatch is a single player, survival based game where you are following a volunteer fire lookout during the aftermath of the Yellowstone fires in 1988. While it doesn’t seem like that at first since the game tends to have a more survival based approach, the experience you get here is more than impressive and common, which is what matters the most.

Playing a fire lookout and trying to find the survivors is a very demanding experience in this game and it’s definitely very intense for sure. Exploring the region is what you need to do most of the time in this game and the cool thing about it is that it manages to help you find new stuff about the region, the results that it can deliver and the unique benefits you can get.

You have to focus on exploration and checking out the towers if you want to help the people in need and while the game world does seem a little small at first, new areas will open up. This basically means that there’s a ton of stuff to do and the more you play the more intense and interesting the experience will get which is surely a major plus.

The day and night cycle is included in the game but it doesn’t really affect the game that much to be honest, instead it’s here mostly to have an appearance. You will go from day to night and back to day again only when you complete the objective set for that period of time. For me this did remove some of the immersion that you usually get in such a game, but I do understand the design decision and I do feel that it was an honorable one.

Interaction is nice in Firewatch and I have to say that the more you play the better Firewatch becomes. You will be able to interact with new items and stuff, you will initiate a wide range of activities and so on.

Graphically Firewatch goes with a more colorful approach and while the graphics could have been better, there’s no denying that a lot of work was placed here. The game does immerse you into the experience even if it tries to remain historically accurate because at the end of the day it does represent a real life event.

I was very impressed with Firewatch and the intense gameplay that it provides despite its premise that might seem boring for some at least at first sight. The cool thing about Firewatch however comes from the fact that it’s really nice to play, it offers an intensity unlike never before and even if it might be only a few hours long, it does an amazing job and comes with a great experience for all players. You should totally check it out whenever you can if you like exploration games, as this one is definitely a keeper and a very atmospheric experience!

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