By: Uma Smith
When we think of heroes featured in video games, soldiers, warriors, superheroes, and even plumbers tend to come to mind. So it’s sad that some of the other true heroes in real life are neglected. That is perhaps the reason why The Firemen was initially released for the Super Nintendo, with the sequel making its appearance in Japan for the PlayStation One. Unfortunately, we never got to see these brave heroes make it to today’s gaming consoles… that is, until now. With The Firemen 2: Pete & Danny made available as a classic downloadable title for the PlayStation 3 and Vita, we get to see this daring duo “face the heat” as they come to the rescue.
In The Firemen 2, two characters are featured that offer a slight difference in terms of the button layout. Movement is pretty straightforward and responsive for the most part using the d-pad. When it comes to determining which commands correspond to which face button, it can be a bit of a challenge to remember. If you’re using the main character, Pete, two of the face buttons are responsible for spraying water but in a different fashion. The rest is for executing an extinguishing bomb and crouch. And if you happen to be the second player, Danny, you’ll need to remember the buttons for swinging the axe and kicking. It’s definitely not a deal breaker, but it’ll take some effort to get used to.
Now I must point out that this game is a PlayStation One classic. So the overall presentation should not be expected to match up to today’s standards. That said; the graphics still have the appearance that you’d expect from the 16-bit era. While it’s not that bad looking, it’s still noticeable enough during the PS One days. Audio-wise, the music and voices are provided with pretty good quality. So there is a bit of a funky mix in the presentation.
The Firemen 2: Pete & Danny is about two firemen named Pete Grey and Danny McClean, who must save New York City on Christmas Eve. With the guidance provided by Winona, our heroes will have to venture to various spots within the city to put out these fires. That has got to be one serious fire hazard for it to spread to that sort of magnitude!
The gameplay concept is somewhat unique as it steps away from the conventional objectives you’d find in most games. The majority of the missions in The Firemen 2: Pete & Danny consist of spraying water on the flames while you’re trying to find trapped victims. Upon completion, you’ll be evaluated in terms of what percentage of the fires you have attended to within the level.
To add “fuel to the fire,” there are even missions where the fires get really out of hand. The degree of difficulty does hike up, similarly to what you’d expect during a boss battle in other games. The fires in this case actually spread and travel about in a sporadic fashion. While the game can be quite addicting, it can get tedious as you’re constantly doing the same task. Even though there are various forms of fires to put out, there’s only so much variety that this game can dish out.
The Firemen 2: Pete & Danny is a pretty neat little game that attempts to differentiate itself from other titles. Even though it does a great job doing this, the presentation and repetitive gameplay can be somewhat of a drag. Still, it’s got enough “fire power” for you to check out on the PlayStation 3 and Vita.