Emergency Fire Response
In many games we play the role of these amazing heroes, saving the world, traveling through space, and fulfilling prophecies. These games are full of epic adventures, but this title is about some of the real-life heroes. Many kids dream of becoming firefighters when they grow up and Emergency Fire Response is a perfect opportunity to do it without all the danger. Let's see if this title does justice to one of the most exciting, dangerous and coolest real-life heroes out there.
About the game
In Emergency Fire Response we play as the firefighters of Station 615. The game features the bases of real-time strategy games. Here we are called into emergency situations and we'll have to rescue people from danger while putting out the fire. The game features a total of 10 fire situations in which you'll have to solve different objectives in each of them.
Throughout the game, you'll be tasked not only with saving civilians, but also investigate arsonist cases, save art pieces and more. You'll also be granted extra points if you manage to save everybody. You'll even get to control different types of vehicles, the 3D world is built realistically too. Action is everywhere in this game, but be careful, if you act too recklessly you could be putting lives at risk.
It's all about strategy
The game is an interesting take into the firefighter action, but make no mistake, if you're looking for a realistic firefighting simulator, this is not for you. You can group your team like in most strategy games, kinda like an Age of Mythologies game. Grouping your firefighters and sending them into different parts of the map to try and rescue as many people as you can.
The missions are static and will always progress in the same way though, and that's what makes it a bit more repetitive. If you manage to memorize everything in each situation you can beat the game easily.
Emergency Fire Response is unrealistic, but it has some good intentions. The visuals are pretty solid, and the level design is great. There are a lot of issues in this game about the gameplay, but the main idea is interesting. The lack of variety in vehicles and units you can use can be a little annoying. Thanks to the varied missions, even though there aren't that many, it gets less repetitive.
Graphics and visuals: The visual aspect of the game is one of its most solid parts. The world design is great and very realistic. In a game like this, fire is pretty important, and in here it looks amazing, very bright, violent and realistically animated. But that's about it, the units don't look that great, nor do their animations.
Gameplay: The idea of a real-time strategy game about firefighters sounds pretty weird, and it is. It's not that it couldn't work out, but this game didn't get it right. Just that the missions are exactly the same every time and that there's only 10 of them is bad already. But this gets even worse when you realize they are always exactly the same. And even with the simple controls, you have to click too many times to put out any fire.
Sound: The soundtrack is just dull. It's cheesy and attempting to be like an action movie, even though it's more of a strategy game. The atmosphere is not enforced by the sound effects either.
Download Emergency Fire Response
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
These days they may be in the news more for striking than for saving people's lives, but it seems odd that we haven't seen more games based on firefighters. Apart from run-of-the-mill platformer Roscoe McQueen a few years back, Fire Chief is the only title we can think of that puts you in the hardhat and flame-retardant overalls of a fireman.
Given a squad of men (including specialists such as medics) and a handful of emergency vehicles, you are faced with a series of missions, each requiring you to rescue victims and douse flames in true isometric/3D RTS fashion - by pointing and clicking. Despite a short lifespan and the fact that micromanaging your charges is a burning pain in the proverbial, Fire Chief boasts some challenging, diverting gameplay and reasonably pretty graphics.
As kids, I think we all dreamed of being a firefighter at one time or another. And why not? Driving around in a huge fire truck with sirens blazing, putting out smoldering infernos, and saving the lives of others sounds kinda fun when you're six. For most of us, however, that dream soon fades as reality sinks in: it's an incredibly dangerous job that few are cut out for. But if you can't do it in real life, why not try it out in front of your computer? Emergency Fire Rescue lets you do just that and captures all the excitement of being a firefighter, minus the heat.
Like the title indicates, Emergency Fire Response places you in control of an elite unit of firefighters. You command your crew from an isometric viewpoint and do what firefighters do best: put out fires (sorry, no rescuing cats from trees here). Summarizing the game as just 'putting out fires'? may be too simplistic though. There's a good deal of strategy and planning that needs to be taken into account; especially since you'll constantly be on your toes with the many events that the game throws at you: Explosives, falling structures, back drafts, and all that fun stuff. Running into buildings and dousing fires would get boring after a while, but fortunately, the developers took this into consideration and added some interesting storytelling elements that help further diversify the missions.
Although EFR has a solid foundation, its main problems lie in the inconsistent AI. Firefighters will often wander too close to fires, injuring themselves, or will just quit hosing the fire when there's a break in the flame's path. The AI and some of the game's mechanics (like the oxygen and water tank refilling system) often lead to a lot of micromanagement, which can make things more hectic than they should be, especially in the later stages.
Capturing the visual destruction of fires and emulating it for a PC game is a large undertaking, and EFR ends up somewhere in the middle of the road. The most important visual aspect of a firefighter game should naturally be the fire and Emergency's flames accomplish the job well. There's a good amount of detail in environments as well, although the animation for vehicles look static. Nothing jaw-droppingly beautiful, but it works. The load times, however, are horrendously long with the recommended install, and are still too long with the full install. Additionally, the sound is largely forgettable, featuring little music and average sound effects.
Priced at twenty bucks, Emergency Fire Response is worth the price of admission. It's a nice diversion from the run-of-the-mill military strategy games, and it's different enough that casual fans of strategy games might be lured into the glory of being a firefighter.