Firewatch is one of the more interesting games on the near horizon. For those who haven’t been keeping up with the title, you play as a forest ranger named Henry (voiced by Mad Men‘s Rich Sommer) assigned to fire lookout, who starts to notice concerning things happening around his park. As you investigate the strange goings-on, your only human connection is to Delilah, a supervisor you communicate with via walkie-talkie.
The game is divided up into “days,” and Sony just posted a full walkthrough of the first day (which takes around half an hour). The footage provides a good taste of Henry and Delilah’s profanity-laden patter, and gives you an idea of how the game works. I kind of like the game’s semi-realistic approach to traversing the wilderness, in which you’re forced to use a paper map and pay attention to your compass.
The game isn’t all about peacefully wandering through the woods though – we also see Henry bust some skinny dippers, crawl through a creepy cave, and encounter a mysterious shadowy figure for the first time. Ultimately, the first day of Firewatch ends on a bit of a cliffhanger.
If you want to see where the rest of Firewatch goes, the game arrives on PC and PS4 on February 9.