The Firemen 2: Pete & Danny

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The Firemen 2: Pete & Danny
Developer(s)Human Entertainment
Publisher(s)JP: Human Entertainment, NA: MonkeyPaw Games
SeriesThe Firemen
Platform(s)JP: Sony PlayStation, NA: PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita
Release1995
Genre(s)Action-adventure
Mode(s)Single-player, Co-op

The Firemen 2: Pete & Danny (ザ・ファイヤーメン2 ピート & ダニー) is an action-adventure game developed by Human Entertainment and released for the PlayStation in 1995. It is a sequel to The Firemen.[1]

Gameplay[edit]

Similar to the earlier game in the series, The Firemen 2 involves stopping a deadly fire, this time in a theme park on Christmas Eve.[2] The game supports both single-player and co-op play.[3] Players must put out small fires on the ground by spraying them with their hose, which only impede progress.[3] Moving and tall fires can hurt the player and must be put out with a standard spray.[3] A water bomb gives off a spray of water and puts out all fires in the vicinity.[3]

Levels have a different outcome depending on whether the player is able to save people trapped in the fire.[3] Victims appear on the radar and the player must attempt to reach them in time.[3]

Plot[edit]

Two firemen, Pete and Danny, are called in to respond to a fire in a high-tech amusement park where the robots have run amok and set fire to it.[1] The robots in the various attractions appear as bosses, such as an animatronic T-Rex.[1]

Release[edit]

Fireman 2 was released in Japan on May 27, 1999 for the Sony PlayStation.[4]

It was not released in the West until it was published by MonkeyPaw Games on January 28, 2014 on PlayStation Network as a digital download for the price of $5.99.[5] However, the game was not localized and still retains its original Japanese voice acting without subtitles.[3]

Reception[edit]

Three reviewers for GameFan gave it a 66, 45, and 70, scores.[6]

Jenni Lada of TechnologyTell rated the game a "B", saying it was a unique experience and praising the inclusion of a co-op mode, but criticizing its stuttering issues.[3]

Conrad Zimmerman of Destructoid said he was "totally smitten" by the premise of "firefighters working together in a cooperative game" and said he wished he knew of its existence when it was released.[5] However, Allistair Pinsof, of the same publication, called the game "lackluster".[7]

Hardcore Gaming 101 called the game "rushed", saying it was "unfinished" and criticizing the removal of gameplay mechanics from the first game.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Hardcore Gaming 101: The Firemen". www.hardcoregaming101.net. Archived from the original on 2017-07-26. Retrieved 2017-07-30.
  2. ^ "MonkeyPaw Games Retro Rush Week 3: The Firemen 2: Pete and Danny". PlayStation.Blog. Archived from the original on 2017-08-05. Retrieved 2017-07-30.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "The Firemen 2: Pete and Danny Review: You're on fire!". TechnologyTell. Archived from the original on 2014-02-27. Retrieved 2017-07-30.
  4. ^ "ザ・ファイヤーメン2 ピート&ダニー [PS] / ファミ通.com". www.famitsu.com. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  5. ^ a b "The Firemen 2 coming to PSOne Classics". Destructoid. Archived from the original on 2015-09-06. Retrieved 2017-07-30.
  6. ^ "Viewpoint". Gamefan. Vol. 4 no. 3. March 1996. p. 11.
  7. ^ "Eight great SNES games that never made it to the U.S." Destructoid. Archived from the original on 2016-05-17. Retrieved 2017-07-31.