The Nintendo Switch eShop offers a wide selection of games, and one of the standouts is Firewatch. This first-person survival adventure game was developed by Campo Santo and published by Panic. It was released in 2016 on multiple platforms, including the Nintendo Switch in 2018. Firewatch stands out thanks to its unique art style, intriguing story-line, engaging characters, and captivating scenery.
Firewatch’s visuals contribute to its immersive atmosphere. The world is rendered in a painterly style with warm colors and an attention to detail that transports players into the Wyoming wilderness. Players can also explore their surroundings as they make their way around the fictional Shoshone National Forest in Firewatch’s distinct visual style.
The game’s 3D environment has realistic foliage from trees, grasses, bushes and lots of other interactive items such as rocks, logs, levers and even fireflies that illuminate the night sky. Firewatch also features dynamic weather effects for varied gameplay experiences – from thunderstorms to sunny days – which makes the world feel alive.
At the start of Firewatch players assume the role of Henry – a firefighter employed at Shoshone National Park who is set on solving a mystery after strange occurrences start happening around him. Henry must search for clues while simultaneously discovering more about his own personal story throughout his journey.
“I think part of what we wanted to do with Firewatch was tell a more intimate story,” said developer Sean Vanaman on “Game Informer Show” podcast episode 466. “We wanted players to relate to Henry [the protagonist], not just because you’re playing as him but also because you get this kind of personal investment into this man or woman