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Firewatch Review

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Posted: 18 months ago, last updated 2 days 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

Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 20/09/2016

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Open World

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: @Camposanto

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 4 hours and 7 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Firewatch usually costs £14.99 to £16.99.
 

Firewatch

Xbox One £15.99
PS4 £14.99
Switch £14.99

Firewatch Dynamic Theme Bundle

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

Age RatingsAge Ratings

This game was rated PEGI 16 for frequent scenes of strong language and scenes of sexual nudity. It is not suitable for persons under 16 years of age. The examiners report expands this rating with the following: 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.

ESRB rated this MATURE 17+ with Suggestive Themes, Nudity, Drug and Alcohol Reference and Strong Language.

AccessibilityAccessibility

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.
 
Our Firewatch Accessibility Report details 22 accessibility features:


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