Firewatch is beautiful. Firewatch is intriguing. But ultimately I don’t think Firewatch is very good. At its best, this is a quiet game about two characters struggling with real-life insecurities. But when that’s sidelined to make room for a main plot, Firewatch suffers. It’s a game perfect for trailers, a game full of excellent dialogue and breathtaking moments and stunning vistas that ultimately amounts to nothing much at all.
Both Metacritic and OpenCritic, sites that aggregate reviews, peg Firewatch at 82⁄100. I don’t expect Firewatch to set the world on fire, but I feel it’s going to be one of those games that raises the bar. Knockout graphics, great voice acting. Expect to hear about this one for the next couple of weeks.