This game is rated PEGI 16
Our review includes potentially triggering words:
Drug, Mental Health and Nudity.
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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.
While many games put you in powerful positions, Firewatch is about powerlessness and empathy. "Somethings we can't stop from happening," one of the characters says in the game. It's a theme that applies to the watchful role of the forest lookouts as well as our main character's relationship with his mentally ill wife.
The game is beautiful to look at and explore. It captures what it's like to be a forest lookout in real life. This is paired with fully voiced story (including a role for Rich Sommer of Mad Man fame). It creates what could be seen as an interactive movie, but the participatory nature of the game makes it stand apart from other media in a way that needs to be experienced first hand to fully appreciate.
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11+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. The exploration of the game require some geographical and orienting skill, while the narrative leans on emotional intelligence and interpretation.
Our Game Pathways reveal how 13-year-olds play this game:
- 13-year-old: Experiencing Looking Out For People
The game does provide an option to invert the Y-axis but not the X-axis. Game menu access can only be rebound for keyboard users.
Diversity and Inclusion
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