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The Firemen 2: Pete & Danny (PSone Classics) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . Pete and Danny are back in The Firemen 2, the 32-bit follow-up to the Super NES action game. Sadly, this PlayStation sequel doesn't do much to evolve the franchise. The action is fast paced and the location is interesting, but it's a little too similar to the 16-bit original. Thankfully the two-player co-op mode is here to make The Firemen 2: Pete & Danny a game worth recommending. Rating: 64%
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Before comic book superheroes swooped in to save the day, Hollywood blockbusters usually involved major disasters and big-budget destruction. As buildings topple and national monuments get blown up into a million tiny pieces, regular people are forced to survive a world that is crumbling all around them. It's the perfect scenario; it's no wonder the formula has been so successful.

But forget Hollywood, this sounds like a great set-up for a video game. And yet despite all the potential, very few games use the disaster move premise as a starting point. The Firemen 2: Pete & Danny is one of the few games to take inspiration from box office hits like Towering Inferno, Independence Day and 2012. This 32-bit PlayStation game may never reach the highs of The Poseidon Adventure, but I admire that it makes the effort.

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Released a year after the Super NES original, The Firemen 2 picks up with Pete and Danny, the likeable firefighting duo that saved the Metrotech building on Christmas Day. One year later, a devastating fire breaks out at a local theme park on Christmas Eve. It's time for Pete and Danny to once again step up and save the holidays.

Much like the 1994 original, this first-generation PlayStation game never made it to the United States. I'm not sure why, as it's a perfectly serviceable overhead action game with a solid premise and relatable villain. Who doesn't want to kick fire's ass? It may look cool and keep us warm in the winter, but it's about to destroy an entire theme park if Pete and Danny don't do something.

Fans of the original will feel right at home with The Firemen 2. Players take control of Pete, a veteran firefighter with a lifetime of lessons to teach Danny. Pete is equipped with a hose with unlimited water, as well as water grenades. His job is to go from section to section putting out as much of the fire as possible and saving the injured survivors. That's easier said than done, as the duo quickly discover that there are nasty fire enemies to shoot down and even large bosses to extinguish.

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Even though this is a 32-bit console, Pete still controls like he did on the 16-bit Super NES. He can shoot in straight directions, as well as aiming the hose at the floor. That seems like firefighting 101 if you ask me, but it's hard to argue with his results. In any case, Pete is now able to strafe in a specific direction by holding the right shoulder button. He is also able to dash and crawl, which is essential if the duo plans on making it out of the theme park alive.

Maybe it's because I knew what to expect, but I found The Firemen 2 to be considerably easier than the 1994 original. Thankfully, the levels are significantly more interesting than the Super NES game, thanks in large part to the theme park location. Not only will you battle fire, but you'll need to rescue survivors from a rollercoaster and even a robotic dinosaur exhibit. There's some very cool stuff here. The exciting locations help to make up for the disappointing graphics, which are only a marginal step-up from the 16-bit original.

On the other hand, The Firemen 2 offers a two-player co-op mode, something that was frustratingly absent from the original. This, along with the branching level designs and multiple endings, means you'll likely want to play through the game more than once.

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Although it can't be helped, I wish I knew what was being said. The game ditches the lengthy text bubbles for excruciatingly long voice acting, all in Japanese. Sadly, there's no way to skip the dialog, which often acts as a speed bump to the action. Of course, one would argue that it's a game about putting out a giant fire, so maybe it's not important the story makes sense.

The Firemen 2: Pete & Danny is yet another fun game in the short-lived franchise. It fixes the problems I had with the original and offers another compelling location to save. Sadly, it's not a very good looking PlayStation game and the voice acting kills the pacing. Still, even with those problems, MonkeyPaw Games' newest PlayStation import is a keeper, especially if you have a friend into putting out fires.
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