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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, Jo Robertson and @JonahMonaghan.

OverviewOverview

Firewatch is an explorative adventure where you play a fire lookout in America’s Shoshone National Forest. It has a relational and conspiracy undertone similar to the podcast/radio drama and Netflix show Homecoming. As you talk on the radio to your controller, you learn more about your character. A relationship evolves between the two of them through just these interactions. You slowly uncover a story about loneliness, mental health and catharsis in a grand, sun-drenched landscape.

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.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 20/09/2016

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Open World

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Camposanto (@Camposanto)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 4 hours and 7 hours to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.
 

BenefitsBenefits

This game has helped players develop their Behaviour and Skill as part of the following pathways:

This game has been the inspiration for the following activities:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game was rated PEGI 16 for frequent scenes of strong language and scenes of sexual nudity. Strong language is heard throughout and includes the word ‘*!@?*’ and its derivatives. Nudity occurs in Henry’s journal, there are two sketches of him drawn by his wife. In both he is fully naked while posing.

Skill Rating

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:

CostsCosts

Firewatch usually costs £14.99 to £16.99.
 

Firewatch

Firewatch Dynamic Theme Bundle

PlayStation Store PS4 £16.99
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Firewatch Accessibility Report documents 23 accessibility features:
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 InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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