Feel the heat as Konami of Europe salutes the world’s firefighting heroes in new PlayStation 2 action title
The heroism and skills of the world’s firefighters are to form the basis of a stunning PlayStation 2 action title from Konami of Europe, entitled Firefighter FD: 18.
Set in a huge city, the game follows firefighter Dean McGregor as he becomes embroiled in a complex mystery involving the random eruption of fires within some of the area’s largest buildings. Also covering the fires is TV news reporter Emilie Arquette, and as the game progresses the unlikely pair find themselves working side by side as they seek out the perpetrator behind the blazes.
Viewed in the third-person, Firefighter FD: 18’s intelligent camera system trails McGregor as he enters the burning buildings in search of trapped survivors and attempts to put the fires out. Thus, players are introduced to the danger firefighters face every day as chemicals explode, backdrafts show their devastating force and flashovers continually threaten the life of McGregor and those he is attempting to rescue. The game also forces the player to think quickly in hazard-filled situations as he uses hoses, axes and additional equipment to extinguish the fires and clear a path to safety. He is also equipped with a special mobile water unit, allowing him to douse the flames in hard to access areas.
With its astonishing fire effects and fully interactive 3D locations, Firefighter FD: 18 is a remarkable take on the action genre. As the flames lick through a series ever more dangerous locations – including tower blocks and a luxury cruiser – the scenario and interaction between McGregor and the TV reporter draw the player into a twisting plot where ultimately the pair must struggle through a devastating inferno as they search for the arsonist behind the city-wide attacks.
Firefighter FD: 18 will be released for PlayStation 2 in 2004.