Firewatch

Firewatch

released on Feb 09, 2016

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Firewatch

released on Feb 09, 2016

Firewatch is a mystery set in the woods of Wyoming, where your only emotional lifeline is the person on the other end of a handheld radio. You play as a man named Henry who has retreated from his messy life to work as a fire lookout in the 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.


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Nice art style, that's about it though. Walking simulator through and through.


humour wasn't my cup of tea, Delilah is far too nosy and the names of all the people I never met were hard to remember so towards the end it just got more and more confusing.
gameplay wise there is not much to say, there are so many invisible borders that annoy you I am happy there are games like Zelda Breath of the Wild that show you what is actually possible.


This game's palette is fused in my mind. Binded to words such as "Peace" and "Beauty"


Non sono un'amante di questi walking-sim, solitamente.
E infatti la stella e mezzo mancante è proprio derivata da questo mio "limite" personale. Passi il gameplay relativamente monotono (che comunque non annoia, anche grazie alla breve durata del titolo e al fascino delle conversazioni opzionali con D) ma finendolo mi è rimasto un retrogusto amaro.
E non per la trama, quanto per la consapevolezza che con un po' più di libertà di scelta sarebbe potuto essere un gioco decisamente migliore di quello attuale.

Tutto ciò che faremo non avrà conseguenze sul finale, unico (più o meno), del gioco. Certo potremo sviluppare più o meno il rapporto con Delilah ma alla fine sarà stata soltanto un'estate senza conseguenze sulle vite dei protagonisti. E lo stesso dicasi sui percorsi che si possono seguire all'interno della mappa di gioco i quali non lasciano quasi mai alternative al giocatore.

Firewatch rimane una piacevole esperienza di qualche ora sopratutto grazie ai dialoghi ben scritti e recitati dai due protagonisti. Ma non lo inserirei nei giochi che VANNO giocati per apprezzare/comprendere questo mondo.


Ultimately this is hands down one of my favorite narratives across all media. The game plays more like an interactive movie(the core gameplay mechanic is walking from point A to point B) but in a way that's extremely moving. The voice acting is top notch, the art direction holds up fairly well in 2022 and it doesn't overstay it's welcome. If you're at all a fan of indies with a heart of gold, this should be on your backlog. Only downside is limited replayability. For any trophy/achivement hunters out there this is an extremely easy plat.


Best story ever played in a game.