While there aren’t many alternatives for trying to experience the life of a firefighter, this is hardly a polished experience
Simulators have a tendency to be a rough ride for me as a whole, as many times even when I can appreciate their novelty I just can’t justify sinking much time into them. To “The Squad”s credit, I’ll at least admit that to date I haven’t seen one for fighting fires, so at a minimum it has that bit of novelty on its side. That said, in terms of implementation it’s a bit all over the place. The controls have a tendency to be sluggish, clearing objectives can sometimes be troublesome, and at times things that should be simple like picking up and using tools can be tragically nitpicky and aggravating. Oh, and did I mention the AI? Ooof. OK, so if you have some friends to play this with, the experience can be a bit fun, as you can communicate and coordinate to put out fires, save civilians, and get the job done. Solo though? You’ll be trying (and more often than not failing) to make effective use of your 3 dumb-as-rocks AI bot helpers who are typically aggravating enough to try to manage that you’ll consider tackling everything on your own. There’s something interesting here for people really into the idea of experiencing the job, just understand it has some serious limits.
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