PS2: Firefighter F.D. 18

There are not that many firefighter games in the market. This is one that stands out as the most intense firefighting experience ever. In Firefighter F.D. 18 the player takes the role of Dean McGregor, a firefighter who became what he is from the tragic events of his past, and he hates fire. He is determined to rescue anyone trapped in a fire no matter what the cause is. When a mad arsonist is loose on the city setting fires, he is put on edge. While he is fighting the blazes and saving innocent lives, the truth behind the fires will be unfold.

Released March 9, 2004
Published by Konami
Developed by Konami
Rated T for Teens
Reviewed by: BillsNG | Contributing Writer Gamer’s Perspective

There are not that many firefighter games in the market. This is one that stands out as the most intense firefighting experience ever. In Firefighter F.D. 18 the player takes the role of Dean McGregor, a firefighter who became what he is from the tragic events of his past, and he hates fire. He is determined to rescue anyone trapped in a fire no matter what the cause is. When a mad arsonist is loose on the city setting fires, he is put on edge. While he is fighting the blazes and saving innocent lives, the truth behind the fires will be unfold.

The game play is simple and takes a several minutes to master. The player is equipped with an adjustable hose, impulse (a high pressurize water gun device), fire extinguishers (that doesn’t last very long), and an axe. The objectives are to save all the survivors and put out the fires on the way before their lives are burn to crisp. This is not as easy as it sounds. There is a time limit (victim’s stamina) for every victim; try to reach them before time runs out or it is game over. Extinguishing the fire is fast while other takes more time to put out. And some are indestructible, if that is the case, the player must go through it. As a result Dean loses health, if that’s the case, the player can find health items scatter through out the areas but there are limited. The fire bosses have a mind of their own; however they are not too smart. The boss battles are fairly easy and don’t take much strategy to defeat them; just spray when there’s a chance.

The game has over 40 missions which are sets in 4 different areas. Most of the missions are short and don’t take much time to complete. However, the game also features several unlockables that can be unlocked while completing certain tasks. This keeps the player busy for a bit after beating the game. The graphics are pleasing but there is not much to talk about. The fire is the most convincing part of the game. The depictions of fire are done magnificently. The story is exceptionally well but the voice acting is lacking in subtlety.

There are a few 3rd degree burns that can leave the player with some negative effects while playing the game. Some problems are just minor ones but there is a major one that would irritate the player. While you’re running the camera cannot be adjusted which forces you to stop to get better look. Thus, it causes some frustration while fighting non fire-based enemies or certain boss battles.

As a result this is a definitely good game for action gamers. And if you like the movie, Backdraft, or the game The Ignition Factor (for Super Nintendo), you might want to consider this game as it has both of their similarities. It would make a great rent. But I wouldn’t recommend purchasing it, as you may know it is hard to find in stores.

Final Score for Kids:
N/A
Final Score for Adults:
8