Firewatch

Game review by David Wolinsky, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Mystery set in wilderness is challenging, captivating.

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 17 reviews

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age 16+

Rewarding, story-driven game with themes on the realities and complexities of adulthood - only older teens might relate

There is a lot to love about Firewatch from its simple gameplay and clear structure to its superb voice acting and lush visuals. It's an interactive story adventure that deals quite brazenly with the shades of grey that adulthood is known for. The two central characters in Firewatch are neither all good nor all bad but are just as likely to behave selfishly as they are altruistically. Aside from some swearing (f***, s***, etc.) it is this depiction of imperfect adults dealing with adult problems that makes the game unsuitable for younger players. I found it refreshing to experience a game brave enough to address such topics as loneliness, infidelity, trust, and resilience in a way that feels very grown-up. Worth a play for adults and perhaps older teens as well. I've taught this as a media text in a senior level high school English class before with mixed results. Some students, 16-18 year olds, really engaged with it while others didn't quite have the maturity to accept some of the messages the game presented and were thus indifferent to it.
age 18+
I love how there's nothing shown in the sex section because there's clearly a scene where the main character is shown naked in a drawing and little bits of stuff like that. Other than that the game is good.

This title has:

Too much swearing

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