Game review: Firewatch

Feb 14, 2016, 14:30 IST | Jaison Lewis

Firewatch is not as much a game as it is an interactive storybook, done better than any other interactive storybook you have ever tried

As far as adventure genre goes, point-and-clicks are classics. Firewatch reworks the point-and-click adventure giving it a realistic first person feel with a story that will have you glued to the very end.

You play Henry, a guy who has had a couple of bad years and has taken a job as a Firewatch in the Wyoming forest to get away from it all. The story is set in 1989.

The game is dedicated to you experiencing the world from Hanks eyes that you are never once subjected to a floating camera or even a cut scene or any of the things we associate with the First Person game. It is
very refreshing.

As a Firewatch, your job is to sit in a watchtower and watch out for fires. You and Delilah, your boss who is located on the tower next to yours, are the only two people there. Throughout the game, Delilah is only a voice on your Wireless Radio, with whom you have normal conversations.

The conversations are engaging and realistic, like any two adults would have. The dialogues don’t seem out of place. The humour and the tomfoolery helps you connect with Delilah, but as the mystery unravels you can see cracks form in Delilah's personality. Since the story is mostly the game, I am not going to reveal much. The voice acting throughout is exceptional, Henry is voiced by Rich Sommer who played Harry Crane in Mad Men, while Delilah is voiced by Cissy Jones who has lent her vocal cords to many games.

The controls for the game are very simple and they fare well in the environment, at no point being a limitation or cumbersome. The game is very short and if you play it at a stretch it can easily be completed in less than six hours. Most of that time, though, your character walks around the forest, while this sounds kinda boring and sometimes it is, the pace of the story, the mystery and the immersion depends on you walking through the unending forests.

Only the unending forests are not unending and, in fact, you are set on narrow path of places you are allowed to explore, to make sure you keep up with the pace of the game and continue the story. It is frustrating to climb only some of the rocks. While this seems like a flaw, it is forgivable considering how beautiful everything looks, gorgeous landscapes and amazing lighting all play their part to suck you in. We think this game would really benefit from a VR platform.

While the game unfolds nicely, the end is a little bit of a let-down, doubly so since it is so short. With a price tag of Rs 565 is totally worth it. The download is tiny enough and the requires specs low enough for most people to enjoy.

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Rating: 4/5
Developers: Campo Santo
Publisher: Panic
Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux
Price: Rs 565

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