Real Heroes: Firefighter Hands-On

We put out the flames in this life-saving fire-person shooter.

Can you imagine a first-person shooter that has you saving people instead of pumping them full of bullets? Real Heroes: Firefighter plays like a standard FPS, but instead of carrying an assortment of guns on your back, you have a fire extinguisher. Your melee weapon is an axe, but you use it to break down boxes and bust down doors instead of giving the ol' chop-and-drop to an evil dude. We had a chance to wield a hose and spray our life-giving water on a burning building today.

Real Hero: Firefighter casts you as a rookie fireman in a dangerous situation. You travel through various Southern California locations, from a burning building to a crumbling amusement park, and do your best to save the people stranded there. The controls are like other shooters on the Wii. You use the Nunchuk to walk, and you point the remote at the screen to aim your hose and other tools. You carry an axe and fire extinguisher at all times, and when you find a hose on the wall, you can drag it out and carry it along with you. The hose can't stretch everywhere, though, so you will have to make do without water for parts of the levels.

The objectives all revolve around saving people's lives, but there are different tasks you'll have to do. Sometimes, a person will be stranded in a flaming room and you'll have to clear a path for him or her to exit. We also encountered a nasty gas leak and had to find the valve to turn it off. At the end of the demo level, a CEO was calling for help in his suffocation-prone office. We had to pick him up, carry him over to the window, and take him down the ladder. We also needed to break windows with our axe to create more air circulation, so the objectives did have some variety.

Although the actions are based on real-life firefighting techniques, the realism has been toned down some to make it more accessible for younger players. If you stand too near to the fire, you get hurt, but your health regenerates when you find safety. You won't have to worry about your oxygen level, either. Flames are everywhere, but smoke is kept to a minimum, so you can breathe without problems and see where you're going.

Real Heroes: Firefighter is shaping up to be an interesting take on the FPS genre. The game is scheduled for release in August, so check back later to see how it turns out.

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thunderhorse55
thunderhorse55

alright, time for a the "man this games is gonna suck" update. bad graphics? check. over-simplicity? check. stupid title? check. regenerate your freakin health just by standing around doing nothing, cus it needs to be "accessible for children"? check. sorry, but i've been 100% against this game since i first heard of it, and my comment is probably biased

seaward12
seaward12

it's probably is going to be a good game i didnt think ghoustbusters would be a good game ether but it was

TongLong
TongLong

Yeah, I can't imagine the stuff those people see in a day! What about Real Heroes: Gardener? Painter? Janitor? The possibilities are ENDLESS!!!

Trashcan_Man
Trashcan_Man

Reminds me of that arcade game that had you fighting fires, but it seems like it would be more fun to wield the heavy hose-like controller of the arcade version. btw, I'd play Real Heroes: Garbage Man if it came out...those guys see some nasty stuff.

TongLong
TongLong

Next year, real heroes: GARBAGE MAN!, or real heroes: FRY COOK! I feel sorry for the firefighters in the picture at the end of this article who are shown fighting a raging fire with fire extinguishers that have about a twenty second charge! Good luck guys!

SWORD0424
SWORD0424

At first it looks stupid but I guess it could be kind of cool.

goheat
goheat

"At the end of the demo level, a CEO was calling for help in his suffocating office." I'd let him burn. It's his/her fault the economy tanked!