In Firewatch you play as a man named Henry who has retreated from his messy life to work as a fire lookout in the Wyoming wilderness. Perched high atop a mountain, it’s your job to look for smoke and keep the wilderness safe. An especially hot and dry summer has everyone on edge. Your supervisor, a woman named Delilah, is available to you at all times over a small, handheld radio — and is your only contact with the world you've left behind. But when something strange draws you out of your lookout tower and into the world, you’ll explore a wild and unknown environment, facing questions and making interpersonal choices that can build or destroy the only meaningful relationship you have.
It’s a gripping, compelling story set in a truly beautiful world that’s worth exploring. Just go in with your expectations clear. This is a relatively short game that’s almost entirely about the story, which consists almost entirely of two people talking over radios to one another. You play a chubby guy in his forties talking to, presumably, a woman of a similar age who you never see. There’s really nothing else like it I can think of, which makes it all the more rewarding...I loved Firewatch, mostly, letdown with the ending notwithstanding.
The game looks absolutely stunning. It's watercolour-like art style is quite unique and only goes further to enhance the area in which the game takes place. The writing is superb and it is clear to see why when several of those who worked on the game also worked on Season 1 of Telltale's The Walking Dead. It's natural flow of dialogue, adult themes and convincing conversations really hold this game up when compared to other games, even those that are classed as "AAA". The game-play mechanics are quite similar to other games in it's genre but do just enough to separate it from the rest, especially with the walkie-talkie which is your only tool of communication. Other than some performance issues on the PS4, it is generally difficult to find any faults with the game. For £15, or 13.49 for those with PS+. this roughly 6-7 hour game is definitely worth the price, even for those not yet sold on "walking simulator" games.
Overall this game is a great debut for this new developer and hopefully it represents what great games are still to come.
Developer: Campo Santo