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Firewatch is a mysterious adventure game with beautiful graphics, which tells a story of a fire lookout Henry. From the very beginning, the game sets up a tough atmosphere of loneliness. The main action takes place in Shoshone National Forest of Wyoming in 1989 (a reference to Yellowstone fires of 1988). According to the storyline, right after the appointment to the fire tower in Shoshone forest Henry starts facing strange things. The further gameplay is based on exploring the entire forest and investigating its phenomena. Players’ progress will affect the accessibility of the distant game areas. Sometimes the silence is being interrupted by the protagonist's walkie-talkie, which connects him with his supervisor Delilah. Gameplay also includes mechanics of choice within the dialogue: each optional phrase reflects on Henry’s relations with Dalilah. In addition to the puzzles of the forest, Henry tries to solve his own experiences while wandering. Playing for Henry and his accomplice gamers will have to clear up the mysteries of the past, connected with the fire tower in Shoshone National Forest.

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Developer
Campo Santo
Publisher
Campo Santo, Panic
Age rating
17+ Mature
Website
https://www.firewatchgame.com/

System requirements for macOS

Minimum:
  • OS: Mac OS X 10.8+
  • Processor: 2011 or newer Intel Core i5
  • Memory: 6 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia or ATi GPU with 1GB Memory
  • Storage: 4 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Dedicated graphics card required. No Mac Mini model is officially supported at this time.

System requirements for Linux

Minimum:
  • OS: 64-bit OS
  • Processor: Intel Core i3 2.00 GHz or AMD equivalent
  • Memory: 6 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 450 or higher with 1GB Memory
  • Storage: 4 GB available space

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System requirements for PC

Minimum:
  • OS: Windows 7 or higher 64bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i3 2.00 GHz or AMD equivalent
  • Memory: 6 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 450 or higher with 1GB Memory
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 4 GB available space
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Firewatch reviews and comments

It's a solid adventure/walking simulator, but don't expect too much in terms of puzzles or gameplay.

If you're looking for some introspection, or to join the mid life crisis inspired spiritual journey of the faceless protagonist, this is the game for you.
Very beautiful game with excellent graphics, story and colorful world.
Much more engaging than I thought it would be. Right out the gate I was intrigued. I expected to play for like 30 mins or an hour the first session but I kept on going. I didn’t want to stop. Great writing and voice acting. I’m very intrigued by the mystery.

I loved the mystery right up till the end and I liked the pacing but the ending was a disappointment. It doesn’t really make sense. The Father either kills his son or more likely the son accidentally falls and dies and then he hides in the forest for 3 years and spies on the new rangers to make sure they don’t discover his sons body? It doesn’t add up. Why would he go to all that effort? He had this big elaborate plan to make them think that a research facility is spying on them for an experiment? He was tracking radio calls? How is that going to make them STOP investigating? For how great the writing was throughout 90% of Firewatch they didn’t think that through. They elude to much more interesting possibilities which are cheapened by this throw away ending. It’s honestly a load a bullshit.

Im definitely happy I played this before it leaves gamepass as I enjoyed 90% of my time with it but it missed its opportunity to be truly great.

Final Score: B
Captivating. One of the best "walking simulator" type games I've played. The environments are beautiful, and the atmosphere is vibrant. 9/10
«That ending!»
very nice game
«Blew my mind»
«Sit back and relax»
This game set off an avalanche of me playing walking sims, but none of them did I enjoy as much as this.  Great voice acting
This was such a disappointment. The game started out with quite a touching story, then turned into a promising mystery adventure with a romance/friendship side-story and then ended in the most anti-climactic way with no pay-off. 
The music was nice and the voice-acting and character writing were good, but the game did not look good and performance was bad (I played on Switch). 
Incredible experience. The voice acting is really the star here. The two leads truly bring out the pain and loneliness of the characters, and the twists and turns in the story creates a paranoid experience for the player. 

Could use a visual remaster to update for modern gaming. The hiking simulation of it all was so relaxing. 
«Sit back and relax»
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