I’ve not done a review in a while but have been spurred on to type a quick one about a great game that’s recently been released for Linux.
Firewatch is set in a vast Wyoming forest. In particular, the area overlooked by your fire lookout tower. It follows the protagonist, Henry, whose only human contact is provided by a radio to his supervisor, in the next tower along. Needless to say, there is a reason for Henry’s desire for such isolation but I dare not even touch on this in fear of spoiling it. I will say it’s genuinely heartfelt. The game develops this sense of isolation well and builds suspense to levels that I’ve not experienced with computer games in a very long time.
The developers chose to animate with a great pseudo-realist style, with a hint of cartoonism (really wish I knew what this was called). This choice really brings out the beauty of orange sunsets and boldness of blue flowing water. It’s a joy just to walk around. This is backed up by a great soundtrack that aids the sense of tranquillity and effortlessly compounds the suspense when needed. On top of all this, the voice acting is done perfectly; key when the plot centres around a radio. You really feed the emotion between the characters.
There is common complaint that the game isn’t long enough. It took me about 4 hours to complete (I played it quite fast), so I can understand the issue but it really didn’t bother me. At £15 on Steam, it’s really worth it; especially considering that it runs great on Linux.
Even if you’re not a gamer, this is one of the best games I’ve played in a long time. I really admire indie companies that create content that’s so far away from the norm and think it should be supported. Buy it.