Set in the late 1980s, Firewatch casts you as Henry, a park ranger stationed in Shoshone National Forest. He’s alone in a massive park with not much to do besides be on the watch for a forest fire breaking out. His only means of communication is with his supervisor Delilah over a walkie talkie.
Throughout the game we learn a little more about Henry and the difficult life decisions that have led him to Shoshone. The meat of the game, though, lies in discovering strange goings-on in the forest. We learn of a past lookout and his son who mysteriously disappeared; and a group of teenagers seemingly causing trouble in the park who also seem to disappear.
Throughout Firewatch‘s short play time, these events unravel and Henry delves deeper into the strange happenings. Like the best games of the genre, what is and isn’t real in Firewatch is often thrown into question. Its that mystery that keeps us hooked, and what makes this one of the best walking simulator games on PS4.