With version 1.03 now patched in, I returned to Firewatch after the false start made earlier in the year. False because upon release the game was glitchy and (for me at least) unplayable. I had said to myself that rather than struggling through and spoiling the whole experience, I’d wait…and wait I now have.
missing you already
When the credits rolled at the end of day 79 I was left with a feeling that rarely comes my way. It was there, to a degree, after I’d watched the last episode of Stranger Things. But the relationship growth between Henry(Hank) and Delilah, in those short hours that I got with them, is the best I’ve experienced in a videogame. In finishing the game I wanted to know what becomes of both Henry and Delilah. Do they meet again in the summers after? Is Henry still estranged from his wife? Has Delilah being lying to Henry all along? It’s testament to the writing and voice acting that these questions have a weight to them.
Filling the void
Normally a good book will get to me the same way Firewatch did. But the investment of playing Henry and the interaction with Delilah? That’s something passive entertainment just doesn’t give you. So I have to decide what’s next to spin on my PS4. I have been reliably informed that Life is Strange needs to be played so that’s probably next up. With that said, next week will see Bioshock: The Collection released and I have a special place in my heart for Bioshock. It could be a fairly fully week or two of gaming.