PlayStation 4’s Firewatch Theme Is My Window To A Better World

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Image: Campo Santo
Image: Campo Santo

The world is cold and unfeeling, so it’s a small comfort to know I’ll always have the Firewatch theme on my PlayStation 4.

I’m a pretty basic dude. I like my user interfaces clean and as free of clutter as possible. But when Campo Santo’s first-person adventure Firewatch arrived on PlayStation 4 a few years back, I was just as smitten with the accompanying main menu theme as I was with the game itself. Sure, it made some of the icons hard to see, but the beautiful landscape was worth a little obfuscation.

My favourite detail is probably how the time of day changes with your clock, slowly shifting from a misty sunrise to a calm evening as the hours pass by. The music is really nice too, a combination of chill acoustic guitars and ambient noises like chirping birds and gentle wind blowing through the trees. If I can’t decide what to play or get distracted by something, it provides the perfect atmosphere for winding down after a stressful day. It’s like having a perpetual window to a better world.

These days, it’s important to find small sources of joy wherever you can. I haven’t played Firewatch since it debuted in 2016, but I don’t ever see myself changing away from its dynamic PlayStation 4 theme. Maybe it’s because I liked the game so much, or perhaps it’s the sense of constancy it adds to a life that feels increasingly chaotic. I don’t know for sure; the human brain is weird! In any case, it makes me happy, and that’s good enough for me.

Have a good weekend.

Comments

  • I had this theme on my PS4 since Firewatch was released until about a month ago when I changed it to the dynamic Tifa FFVIIIR one, but this post promoted me to change it back. That relaxing acoustic guitar and subtle electronic tones would often be a background soundtrack while I was just hanging out in the living room or reading or snoozing, and I’ve been missing it.

  • This theme has been with me since the launch of the game … the chill soundtrack , the changing of the day .. so good. It will see me though to PS5.

  • This is hands down the best PS4 theme, which is a bit of a shame because Firewatch was a while ago and this theme really raised the bar (apparently, too high). The tasteful music that matches the mood, the custom artwork, the way it responds to the clock… it’s a very, very good theme.

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