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 Post subject: Firewatch
PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:47 
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As part of the oh-so-slow mission to pull Mrs Grim... deeper into video games, I suggested we do a playthrough of FireWatch (where I "drive" and she watches). We finished it last night, Mrs Grim... went to bed, and I turned on the audio commentary special feature and completed it all over again.

What an utter delight this little game is. It's beautiful, it's tense, it's lonely, it's wonderfully voice-acted (as it would have to be, considering the only real interactions you have are on a radio). Depending on your choices, the start of the game ranges from "sad" to "heart-breaking".

I would certainly put it in the "interactive story" category, but it's way more "game" than something like Everybody's Gone to the Rapture. The story itself is also wonderful (apart from one bit which I'll go into in the next post as a spoiler).

It's also the first game I've ever 100%ed. Check me out.

But yeah, FireWatch is cheap and short* and wonderful, and I can't recommend it enough.

* This is a good thing in the book of Grim.... It lasted about five hours (plus four more to do it a second time. The audio commentary was really interesting, too!).

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 Post subject: Re: Firewatch
PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:50 
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What I didn't like about the story:
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The ending of the "two missing girls" storyline was covered in about three sentences. Considering Henry could have been on the line for their murder and Delilah would have been in the shit for obstructing justice, it barely got more than a "oh, by the way" mention, which was a shame - especially after the lulz of finding the girls in the lake and stealing their stereo / smashing their stereo / drowning their stereo / not doing anything with their stereo followed by the horror of finding their tent shredded).


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I've read that a lot of people feel let down by the ending, but I thought it was wonderful. The way two people could create such a story for themselves when the truth is much more down-to-Earth (although still somewhat odd, of course) makes perfect sense given the isolation of their setting. It's not surprising that they have an inflated sense of self-importance when they spend so much time on their own.

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 Post subject: Re: Firewatch
PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:50 
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Cool - I've become a bit bored with walking simulators, but if I do feel like one again I'll strongly consider it.


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 Post subject: Re: Firewatch
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Oh, and Mrs Grim...'s opinion?

"Pretty good".

Progress!

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 Post subject: Re: Firewatch
PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:57 
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I agree with the second d spoiler. I thought it was neatly tied up with no mcguffin in sight.

Now get yourself to the finish 52 thread.


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 Post subject: Re: Firewatch
PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:04 
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Mr Dave wrote:
Now get yourself to the finish 52 thread.

I have been slack with that this year. I know I've completed some other games, but I can't remember what.

Maybe looking at my trophies will help.

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 Post subject: Re: Firewatch
PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:09 
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Technohat should let you own that thread

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 Post subject: Re: Firewatch
PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:10 
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Cras wrote:
Technohat should let you own that thread

Well, quite. I'd probably only include Batman, though.

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 Post subject: Re: Firewatch
PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:12 
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Only £8.19 on GOG.

https://www.gog.com/game/firewatch

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 Post subject: Re: Firewatch
PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 3:26 
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£7.99 on the PlayStation store.

Played it straight through in one session. It's incredibly compelling. An absolutely fantastic little game.

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 Post subject: Re: Firewatch
PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 3:29 
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Question about your first spoiler, Grim...

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If you smashed up the girls' stereo, was it not there in Ned's hideout at the end of the game?

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 Post subject: Re: Firewatch
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No. There's all sorts of things you can do in the first bit. The audio commentary is well worth a listen, and goes into detail about all the branching, etc.

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 Post subject: Re: Firewatch
PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:12 
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I've bought it from GOG. Expect my review in 3-5 years.


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 Post subject: Re: Firewatch
PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:15 
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You can get through it in an evening, easy.

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 Post subject: Re: Firewatch
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Grim... wrote:
You can get through it in an evening, easy.

It took my a month to play though Rapture. I like to see *everything*


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 Post subject: Re: Firewatch
PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:59 
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I played through it in four hours. Which was slightly annoying as I started it at 10pm. Reading up, I missed very little.

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 Post subject: Re: Firewatch
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This was lovely, but I have questions.
I get the feeling I need to play it again with the audio commentary, and see if I still have questions.


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 Post subject: Re: Firewatch
PostPosted: Sat Jul 08, 2017 18:16 
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You should, it's great

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 Post subject: Re: Firewatch
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I finished this last night. It took me 7 hours. I don't know what I was doing to make it last twice as long as grim and cras. Sightseeing and getting stuck on rocks I can't actually climb, I suspect.

Really enjoyed it, great mixture of serenity and dread. Acting was great, though the chap did sound like he was meant to be narrating a This American Life podcast.


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 Post subject: Re: Firewatch
PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:23 
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I need to finish this. I bought it by accident, I was actually after The Long Dark but got all mixed up.


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 Post subject: Re: Firewatch
PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:32 
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markg wrote:
I need to finish this. I bought it by accident, I was actually after The Long Dark but got all mixed up.

After finishing this i decided the long dark would be my next game. Enjoyed my time rambling around the woods alone.


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 Post subject: Re: Firewatch
PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:36 
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Yeah, it's thirty quid on PS4 which seems a bit steep but I'll definitely grab it when it comes on sale.


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 Post subject: Re: Firewatch
PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:21 
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markg wrote:
Yeah, it's thirty quid on PS4 which seems a bit steep but I'll definitely grab it when it comes on sale.


that does sound chunky. Think I got it on PC for cheap some time ago. Feels like a title ripe for PS+ at some point.


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