Tomorrow one of PS4’s first big hits of the year is coming out: Firewatch . But it seems like one of those games that is not all that quietly slipping under the radar. So what is Firewatch exactly?
Firewatch puts you in the shoes of a character by the name of Henry who has taken a job working as a fire lookout in Wyoming. He took the job to get away from his life that hasn’t been going all that great. From what we know you spend time doing menial tasks around the area such as getting rid of teens that are partying by the lake or checking for fire dangers. You keep in contact with another character by the name of Delilah, your boss, on your hand held radio. This is where I think Firewatch is really going to shine.
The ways that the characters interact (or don’t as you can choose to not respond and she can get annoyed and ignore you) is very natural and can be very revealing of both their characters. As they interact you can make choices on what Henry says similar to say The Walking Dead or Life is Strange . Just watch the video below, courtesy of IGN , to get an idea of how this works.
Eventually things take a turn for the mysterious when Henry discovers a figure on a hill watching him and that the tower he has been working out of has been broken into. This is the mystery that has been eluded to but has been kept close to the vest by the creators. But as I said we’ll soon find out what’s going on and how Henry and Delilah as well as their interactions are going to deal with it.
So maybe I’m a bit partial since I grew up in Wyoming but I’m looking forward to spending some time in a virtual Wyoming forest. And I’m also looking forward to what seems like some really good writing and storytelling. It looks very promising to say the least and could be a great start for PS4 this year. What do you think?