Excerpt: Videogames often attempt to place us in the boots of the hero. Be it the nameless space marine off to some distant planet to fight space mutants or the legendary hero of lore protecting the world from evil. However, it is not often that a game comes along and drops us into the world of the real heroes, those brave men and women who will walk into the heart of a blazing inferno in the hopes of saving our homes and families.
Summary: Real Heroes: Firefighter puts players in the soon-to-be soot-stained boots of a rookie firefighter who has just been assigned to a busy metropolitan fire station. Players will undergo a “baptism of fire” in an escalating array of emergency situations.
Conclusion: much more concerned with escaping a raging inferno or rescuing people from said raging inferno. My 10-year old doesn’t have the GoldenEye reference to call upon but he did have a great time with Real Heroes: Firefighter, which he labeled with the official seal of “Cool!” I did have to help him with the training mission and first level – which has some really great moments of tension – but after that he was on his own and having a fine time with it.
Excerpt: Ever since Ignition Factor on the SNES many years ago, I’ve enjoyed whatever firefighter games I’ve been able to get ahold of - including an FMV-based Sega CD game called Fahrenheit and an excellent one in Firefighter FD 18 for the PS2. As a result, when I first saw Real Heroes: Firefighter, I was optimistic because it seemed to offer up the same kind of excitement that I can count on in a firefighting game, but with a first-person view and of course, Wii motion and...
Excerpt: There've been scant few titles throughout the history of video games that allow players to step into the role of a firefighter. Epicenter Studios is trying to set this right with its latest title, Real Heroes: Firefighter. The game promises to deliver an authentic simulation of the daily life of the brave men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Does the resulting experience rage like an inferno, or is it a false alarm?
Excerpt: I’m probably the last guy you’d expect to find playing a first-person shooter-esque game on the Wii where you’re a firefighter. Truth be told, I’d be the last guy to play that game on the PS3 or 360 as well. When we got a review copy of Real Heroes: Firefighter in the office, I happened to be mired in the middle of my slowest review week, so the chore of playing the game fell unto me.
Summary: Real Heroes: Firefighter i
s basically a first person shooter placed in a burning building. The enemies are still being shot at, but this time by water, and requiring a lot more than a simple grenade to take them out. Using a fire hose is a lot of work. The missions do a reasonable job of putting gamers in the shoes of a firefighter, but don’t feel as realistic as they could have. Point blank, the controls ruin the game.
Pros: The concept was good, and different – I’m surprised no one had thought of this before.
Cons: Unfortunately, the ever popular “Epicenter Studios” are the clowns who actually, did, think of it, so what you get are atrocious controls and a camera which tends to go completely out of control, regardless of how careful you are to maintain stability., Too short
Excerpt: Playing as a firefighter in Real Heroes: Firefighter obviously isn't as grueling as facing down flames in real life, but this Wii game is as close as most of us will want to get to donning protective clothing and hauling around a giant hose. Developer Epicenter Studios has taken the formula for a first-person shooter and grafted on firefighting mechanics, turning a simple design template (and budget-looking packaging) into tense expeditions into burning buildings.
Pros: Unique firefighting gameplay, Lengthy, involving levels with lots of challenges and puzzles, Good, if cheesy, script and voice acting
Cons: Overly sensitive Wii Remote controls, Can get a little repetitive