Hello, Gamer Friends!
Ever so often, I like to check out games that are a bit “off the beaten path.” Games that have something different, something that takes me to a place I am not familiar with. A while back I played a game called “Firewatch.” It has a very unique way of telling its story…. Right down to the graphics as well as character interaction.
I wanted to introduce this game to those of you that may not know about. I was lucky enough to come across it in the online PlayStation store and decided to give it a shot. I think it is the sort of game that easily gets overlooked. From first glance it’s hard to see how creative and ingenious this game really is… so I get it… I passed it up a few times myself before actually playing it only to regret not buying it sooner.
Now, there is a new game out there that reminds me so much of Firewatch, and I cannot wait to play it!
While researching... I was surprised to find out that the creators are not the same. I was certain that was not the case. Their style is so similar, but from what I have read the gameplay is much different but… because I love Firewatch so much, I wanted to be sure to bring them both to your attention. Firewatch is out and ready to be played so you can get right on that, whereas The Long Dark is still in development but, a demo is out to hold us off till it’s release. It was created by Jake Rodkin & Sean Vanaman, whom both worked on The Walking Dead series. Let’s take a closer look at Firewatch…
If you have not yet played it, this will hopefully convince you to give it a go!
Oh- and by the way, it won the best Indie game in 2016 & best narrative in 2017, along with game developers choice…
Our story takes place in the wilderness of Wyoming at Camp Santo, the year is 1989, following the Yellowstone fires of 1988. We play as Henry, a man who has hidden away from the world to clear his head and straighten out his life… So he has taken this job at the top of the mountain watching for fire’s while keeping the camp and the campers safe, secluding him from everyone and everything except one person, Delilah. Delilah is our supervisor, and she is always close at hand. Literally, your only communication to her is through your handheld radio.
In fact, Delilah is the only connection you have to the outside world, as Henry came with the purpose of leaving everything behind. Suddenly, you see something strange that draws you out of your tower and into the wilderness. While out searching for clues to this mystery you have uncovered, you are forced to explore the unknown environment that even Delilah has yet to explore. You will encounter questions and interpersonal choices that require real emotional thinking, leading to either building up your relationship with Delilah, the only real relationship you have left or lead to its demise.
There is something very off about the grounds you watch over, and you must find out exactly what that is. If that hasn’t intrigued you enough, here’s the trailer. Get hooked and get to playing! Trust me… this is a gaming experience for all to enjoy!!
Okay, now that I have caught you up to speed on Firewatch, let’s investigate into the depths of… The Long Dark. As, I said before, the feel of this game is very similar to Firewatch, as far as the quality of the artwork goes, hard to tell too much more than that but… I was super surprised to find that the creators were not the same. You’ll see what I mean…
The basis of this story revolves around pure survival and how far you will go to do just that. The game is developed by the Canadian company Hinterland and produced in many platforms. This time our scene takes place in the frigid conditions of the Canadian wilderness. We play as a crash-landed pilot struggling to deal with a global disaster amidst being surrounded by majorly harsh conditions. Conditions so desperate you must keep track of things such as your own body temperature, fatigue, and wildlife along with a handful of real life circumstantial environmental factors. During this global disaster, we have lost power completely, and there is no sign of it ever coming back on. Your primary objective is to survive as long as possible, scavenging and utilizing whatever resources you can find. To keep your gameplay on a track, you have access to six maps… “Mystery Lake,” “Coastal Highway,” “Pleasant Valley,” “Forlorn Muskeg,” “Desolation Point,” & “Timberwolf Mountain,” all of which are connected, making the journey long but possible.
Wildlife is also accessible, they can be hunted for food. Now, I am an animal lover for sure. This may make me a little sad at first but, I love the realism of this game. In this situation we would be faced with hunger.. hunting would be a given. All wildlife and resources are randomly spread out for each new game so don’t be surprised if your game differs a bit from your friends. Honestly, I love this aspect of the game. I love a game that is tailor made for each gamer. I mean we all handle certain situations differently, and I love a game that is based on our own personal thoughts and choices. So take a peek at the trailer below to see if you agree…
I don’t know about you but… I cannot wait to play The Long Dark!! For you lucky ones that have yet to experience Firewatch, you can play it first while you wait.
I hope you have enjoyed hearing about these games if you haven’t already. Play Firewatch and comment to let me know if you loved it as much as me… or even if you didn’t… I’m interested in her your thoughts!
Thanks so much for stopping by Ky’s Korner today… See Y’all tomorrow!!
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