17 Minutes of Firewatch Makes Me Extremely Excited for 2016

Firewatch is a game that I've only heard about. My friends who like to consider themselves "thoughtful" or "intellectual" gamers talk about this game a lot. They love the aspect of exploration that comes along with the game and I would sit there and nod, ignorant to what they were talking about.

But a couple of days ago IGN got 17 beautiful minutes of gameplay with some developer's commentary along with it. The only thing I really knew about the game is that you played as a park ranger who could only communicate with someone over his walkie-talkie.

To be honest, I didn't want all 17 minutes of the video above. It wasn't that I wasn't interested or I found myself getting bored. I became so enamored with what this game could be that I forced myself to stop watching it. I wanted to experience the game first hand when it comes out in 2016.

There's something about the conversational style of dialogue that appears throughout the game that appeals to me greatly. Everything feels natural and, well, real. I haven't had a chance to play this game myself but from what I hear/read, it's very open ended. There are apparently reactions for everything that you choose to do as the player character.

And it's things like that, that get me really excited about playing this game. It's not so much the replay value because of those options but it's more about pushing the boundaries that the game sets for the player. Or if there are even boundaries. The more I read about the game the less I think there are any boundaries at all. If you couldn't tell already, I'm super excited about this game.

Firewatch comes out on PS4 and PC on February 9th, 2016.

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