Firewatch was, for me, quite similar to a great book. A page-turner you just can’t put down. This is why I finished it in just two days (would have been one day but you know, life and stuff). I was so intent on knowing what happened next to Henry and Delilah that I picked it back up the second I returned home on the day I got it. You take the reigns of Henry, a man grieving the loss of his wife as he knew her to dementia who takes a summer gig at a park in Wyoming. Something of a live action choose your own adventure novel, you can control how Henry reacts to Delilah, his only human contact during the summer, and how he reacts to situations.
Through your walkie talkie, Delilah will give you tasks, your missions that progress the game, and those tasks become increasingly intense and exciting as you try to find out what the heck is going on. Firewatch isn’t a typical video game in that there’s not really much agency the player has in any action scenes and while it is an open world; you’re free to wander as much as you want, following your map gets you the most direct route to your goal. Firewatch is a beautifully designed game. I’m a little jealous that on the PC version of the game, you have the option to have the pictures you take with your disposable camera (you find a disposable camera during one task) printed and delivered to you in actual prints. I’m playing it on PS4 and dammit, I want prints too! It’s that good looking of a game.
For the type of game it is, Firewatch does a great job with deaf accessibility. I may have mentioned that the game is stunning, and the subtitles and in-game speech options are big enough and easy to read. Indicators that tell you what buttons to hit to do something are clear and easy to read and navigating is as easy as looking at your compass and map.
I absolutely loved this game, the play style, the storyline, the characters, just looking at it. It’s all great and definitely worth checking out.
Everything is captioned
Captions and dialogue options are easy to read
Beautiful game world
You get a camera!
Not a thing