I sat down to play Firewatch with the intention of plaything for roughly an hour — I played all the way through it. Every time I thought about getting off, something would happen, or I’d see something and I’d want to see what happens next. Like binge watching on Netflix — Yes, I am still here — I just kept clicking continue. I was enjoying it that much.
How and why Henry decides to go play fire watch in a national park is covered in Firewatch’s opening moments in an interesting and unique way. I think Firewatch is best played with the least amount of story information as possible, so we won’t cover the reasons why Henry is in the park. But when Henry arrives, he is soon introduced to Delilah who will serve as his only contact throughout his time here via radio stationed across the other end of the park.
Firewatch is interesting from start to finish and it’s mostly thanks to the two amazing performances from Rick Sommer who plays Henry and Cissy Jones who plays Delilah. The game and its story are completely reliant on you enjoying the back-and-forth conversations of the two and they do an amazing job. Of course, helping is to work off a really good script from Sean Vanaman.