Panic Software seems to be breaking new grounds with its move to co-publish Firewatch with Campo Santo. Their first game is designed by a team of employees hailing from renowned companies like Double Fine and Telltale. Keeping this in mind, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Firewatch’s straightforward story manages to be interactive, but not by changing how events turn out in the game. It, in fact, focuses on changing how you feel about those events instead.
Firewatch – macOS Game Review
Developer: Panic, Inc.
Size: 2.19 GB
Version: OS X 10.9 or later
In-App Purchase: no
Last Updated: Dec 15, 2016
Version Of App: 1.0.6
The protagonist, Henry, flees horrible choices and the worst of dilemmas to take a job as a fire-spotter for a national park. Now, his only human interaction occurs with Delilah over the radio.
Delilah is Henry’s complicated, flirty and friendly boss who radios him from her lookout. Things start taking a turn for the worst when strange things begin to happen as summer progresses, which in turn make Henry question whether he and Delilah are really alone. It makes Henry wonder whether they are being monitored, and have been from the very beginning.
Campo Santo has truly outdone itself with its masterpiece. Firewatch manages to be suspenseful and compelling, with great voice acting to complement the writing. The game allows you to roam the park as you see fit using your map and compass. Climbing over rocks and rappelling down ravines, the whole experience actually is designed to be as fun as it can possibly be. The game’s illusion of nature remains intact thanks to the intelligent level design that highlights important destinations and elements.
Firewatch will emotionally drive you. From the time you start playing the game, you will be forced to immerse yourself with the branching paths you get to choose from. Essentially, you will have to make quick decisions, which also applies to the responses you can choose from while conversing with Delilah. Every choice you make will affect the overall game and how the story commences. Also, how you interact with Delilah affects whether she becomes closer or is pushed away completely.
Firewatch pays close attention to your conversational choices, which means with every playthrough the outcome will vary. What this does is give Firewatch replay value, but there is much more to the game than meets the eye. You will be pleased to know the game is littered with Easter eggs, hidden spots which reward you for exploration and interesting conversations with Delilah.
Taking a closer look at Firewatch, it is safe to say the graphics are top notch. The graphics manage to balance stylized colors and shapes with realistic detail. Taking this into account, it should not come as a surprise that you will need a powerful Mac to run the game in high settings. If you want to enjoy the experience without compromising on settling for lower graphical settings, make sure you have a high-end Mac. However, there is no denying the fact that even on lower graphical settings the game does not look all that bad.
- Minimum Requirements
OS: Mac OS X 10.8 or above
CPU: Intel Core i5
Graphics Card: Nvidia or AMD Radeon with at least 1GB of VRAM
When Firewatch was first teased, it was already considered to be one of the finest games to be made available across all platforms. The game showed promise and managed to deliver without breaking a sweat.
As soon as you start the game, you will realize it’s something special. In the beginning when Henry’s ring lies at his desk and you decide whether you put it on or not, you know this is not your average mystery game. The game may not be an action-packed adventure, but what it does right is pay attention to detail, move the story and present a novel premise that justify the price of admission; a mere $19.99 from the Mac App Store. Seeing how Campo Santo has been successful with its first attempt, it is only logical to expect even better in the future if a new title is released which will most likely happen.