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Firewatch

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Total Reviews: 95
VSG Recommendation: Play It
Critics Consensus: Firewatch is a captivating journey into atmospheric wilderness, and even though the plot doesn’t fully pay off, there much to appreciate here.
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Critic Reviews: 95
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Critics Consensus

# Reviews: 95

Firewatch is a captivating journey into atmospheric wilderness, and even though the plot doesn't fully pay off, there much to appreciate here.

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Critic Reviews for Firewatch

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High Score - 100/100
100%
Average Score - 81/100
81%
Low Score - 45/100
45%

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39% of scored reviews fell within the range of 80 to 86 / 100

4.5/5 stars
Justin Towell (GamesRadar+)

A stunning example of interactive storytelling, Firewatch’s greatest success is making you feel like it’s really happening to you. And the less you know about it going in, the more you’ll enjoy it.

February 8, 2016 |

Firewatch is amazing for many reasons, but above all because it’s an adult game that deals with serious issues, with realistic adult dialogue to match. And it deals with those issues just like actual adults would: sometimes with humor, sometimes with anger, and sometimes with sadness. It is among the very best of the first-person narrative genre, and it reminds us what video game storytelling is capable of in the right hands. It’s a game I can see coming back to every year or two just to revisit its beautiful sights and memorable characters – just like a good book.

February 8, 2016 |
9.3/10
Ryan McCaffrey (IGN)
4/5 stars
Alex Navarro (Giant Bomb)

Campo Santo’s debut adventure offers up a taut mystery built around two tremendously engaging characters.

February 9, 2016 |

Justin Towell (GamesRadar+)

4.5/5 stars - (Read Review)

A stunning example of interactive storytelling, Firewatch’s greatest success is making you feel like it’s really happening to you. And the less you know about it going in, the more you’ll enjoy it.

Ryan McCaffrey (IGN)

9.3/10 - (Read Review)

Firewatch is amazing for many reasons, but above all because it’s an adult game that deals with serious issues, with realistic adult dialogue to match. And it deals with those issues just like actual adults would: sometimes with humor, sometimes with anger, and sometimes with sadness. It is among the very best of the first-person narrative genre, and it reminds us what video game storytelling is capable of in the right hands. It’s a game I can see coming back to every year or two just to revisit its beautiful sights and memorable characters – just like a good book.

Alex Navarro (Giant Bomb)

4/5 stars - (Read Review)

Campo Santo’s debut adventure offers up a taut mystery built around two tremendously engaging characters.

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Game Description / Storyline:

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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