Firewatch – An unconventional game which is short, sweet, and stunning
Minimum system requirements:
CPU: Intel Core i3 2.00 GHz or AMD equivalent
RAM: 6 GB RAM
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 450 or higher with 1GB Memory
OS: Windows 7 or higher 64bit
Store: 4 GB available space
February 9, 2016
One of the best open world game
These days, an open world game is much more enjoyable than FPS or any other genre. Be it GTA, Sims and now Firewatch. While playing the game, it took me some time to realize, whether its horror, mystery or a thriller game. Well, at the end of the day, I found out. The game engrosses us with plenty of drama and a hell lot of explorations. The story has been amazingly written and why not, it has been written by Teltale’s ‘The Walking Dead’. And I am pleased that this game brings positive vibes to me because of its captivating nature, brilliant storyline and gorgeous visuals.
The character name is Henry. He is a man who has taken up a job in a fire lookout in 1989 of Wyoming wilderness. Henry’s a mid-aged man with incredibly warped sense of humour and sadness. For starters, it’s a first person game and frankly, I never saw Henry except in a painting and during the credits. (Sorry for the spoiler). Delilah, Henry’s counterpart, supports him throughout his journey in the wilderness. Throughout the game we would talk to her and complete the “odd tasks” assigned by her which is way beyond looking the fires. The game’s script is so amazing and gripping that you just can’t take a break. A very interesting thing about the initial stage of the game was how it starts; you choose different actions which keep popping up on the screen and those actions will have its own consequences. The moment I started this, I knew I was in for a treat. And what a treat it turns out to be!
The game plays out as different chapters with different “days” playing along. It randomly makes you play at daytime and nighttime. Henry as a Firewatch has not much to do instead of wandering into the dense forest through the navigation tools (a handled compass and a map). The map does not provide any marking of the route. Well, at times it felt frustrating, but eventually turned out to be adventurous. The small things make the game more realistic like using a compass, using the map, while holding a piece of paper, it dangles off to the sides. While using the map I was able to scan it and have a closer look at every spot. It felt handy and more of realistic in nature. I had to rappel down cliff sides, climbing rocks and much more that you can think of doing in a forest.
Well, as far as the ending is concerned, I was pretty amused by it as I thought it could’ve multiple endings but no it hadn’t. While walking through the woods, at times I felt the game was slow and had thought of closing down but I continued till the end. The length of the game was too short I guess. With the few negatives too, I would have loved to play this game for a much longer duration.
I think you all might have guessed by watching the trailer of Firewatch, the graphics are MARVELOUS. The artistic detail is a stunning graphic detailing between style and realistic detail. Well, while running Firewatch, I got around 45-47 FPS which is pretty good. I made few changes in the graphic and game setting where the FPS went upto 60. I was stunned with the graphic detailing of this game (frankly speaking, I never expected it to be so good). Believe it or not I stopped at few spots just to take screenshots of the gorgeous landscapes and locales. The specification to run this game has been mentioned so kindly refer to it.
PS – The game was played successfully on Lenovo Y50-70
Why Firewatch is one of the best rated games in 2016? well, the reasons are plenty. Adult gaming dealing with serious real life issues, dialogues that matched the game, actual life situation dealings like anger, warped humors, sadness and loneliness. Firewatch is one of the best First – person narrative genre game with perfect story telling. We would surely visit this game again every year to revisit its beautiful world and explore more of it. Expecting to have a sequel of it.
Over and Out