Campo Santo’s Firewatch delivers a visually breathtaking and emotionally gripping narrative with nothing more than a pair of hiking boots, a map, and a walkie talkie. From the moment Firewatch was revealed, I eagerly awaited this Indie game, knowing that it would nostalgically resonate with me after my canoe trip through the Canadian wilderness this past summer. While it’s a quick game (I played it through in 4.5 hours) and it seemed to lag a bit on Playstation 4, it keeps you in it to the very end and the price is right at $20. Once the background was set up and the plot tension set in, I found myself looking over my shoulder, hairs on end, afraid and alone in the wilderness, not knowing who to trust or what to believe. These emotions drove me to the very end – an end that felt a bit hollow, especially because it seems that my decisions didn’t have any real effect on the outcome. Nonetheless, I loved it and may play through it again, and certainly recommend it!
Lasting Appeal: 5/10
As an aside, I also love the Firewatch Playstation 4 theme. Though a bit expensive at $3.50, the game itself was so cheap that it was worth it.
Enjoy some of my favorite screenshots (may contain SPOILERS):