Real Heroes Firefighters
By Jeff Paramchuk,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Exciting but scary action game where no one gets burned.
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The firefighters are portrayed as real heroes in this title, and set a great example for the player. They selflessly dive headlong into danger to rescue a complete stranger and never make it seem like it’s a sacrifice.
Positive Role Models
Even as a probationary firefighter in the game, you perform some very heroic duties, all involving protecting and rescuing people from fires and smoke, and leading them to safety from burning buildings.
Ease of Play
The game features a very beneficial tutorial mode that should be explored because it teaches the basics of using all of the equipment you'll run across throughout the game. However, some finicky controls can make the game somewhat tough to deal with should you stick with the default settings. The onscreen cursor moves very quickly and can lead to some burnt feet or cause you to overrun a critical point or worse of all, start spraying water in locations that aren't on fire. Thankfully this can be tamed in the controls section of the title.
Violence & Scariness
Unlike most action titles, Real Heroes Firefighters features violence of a different sort. No one gets killed, blood isn't spraying from wounds, and no one even gets hit on the head with an anvil. Rather the violence is implied from the way the fire takes over scenes causing people to panic, fall down from the blasts, or see explosions from unseen fire hazards. Even when your character is hurt by the flames, the screen simply goes red and dim and you eventually get overwhelmed by the heat and simply collapse, but never die.
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Characters poke fun of one fellow firefighter, but it’s never aggressive or hurtful.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this firefighting action game is respectful to all of the brave men and women who protect us from fires. The game offers a completely different take on an action game, featuring no guns or violence, yet providing the thrill that only action games can pack. Players will rescue people from burning buildings and amusement park rides to lead them to safety; as well as put out fires with hoses and even from the back of the tanker truck. No one dies, although firefighters can pass out during intense firefights. It should also be noted that a portion of the proceeds from this title are donated to the Firefighter Cancer Support Network.
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What’s It About?
REAL HEROES FIREFIGHTERS puts you in the role of a firefighter-in-training who must prove himself worthy to ride the big engine. Starting out at the training grounds, you must use different tools and items that firefighters use to prove that you're ready to head out on a real call. As the game progresses, you will rescue people from a shopping center, museum, and an amusement park. Within each location, you follow the guidance of your superior officers to track down, rescue, and lead trapped civilians to safety. Some levels will have you fighting the fire from the back of a tanker truck as well as up close and personal with fire extinguishers or hoses.
Is It Any Good?
For kids reared on WWII action games and zombie killing, spending time fighting nothing but fires may sound somewhat tame and boring – until they experience this game. With no time for kitten rescuing, Real Heroes puts you in the middle of the action from the get-go. Explosions rock the screen, causing the environment to change, forcing you have to rethink your path out of a building. You may even have to break out some windows and wait for a ladder to show up and get you out of there in the nick of time.
The firemen in the game are treated with respect throughout, and the camaraderie that this group of people has in real life manages to come across in the writing and acting in the title. The only nagging concerns in the game are that the controls could have been better and that some levels seem to drag on a little too long – but a young fan of the game will probably not even notice these issues.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
What it's like to play a game that is still engrossing and action-packed but not based around violence.
Who else do you think can be considered heroic like firefighters and police officers, and why?
- Platform: Nintendo Wii
- Available online?: Not available online
- Release date: August 11, 2009
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Violence
- Last updated: August 31, 2016
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