Before I purchased Rescue - Everyday Heroes I had read reviews complaining that this game was boring or not worth the money. Like all reviews, I take them with a grain of salt as they are personal opinions. And, as such, that is exactly what I am offering with my review.
Admittedly, the "Campaign" is fairly short. I spent a few hours on a single night and pretty much ran through all of the missions that the game presented in this mode. However, I found that I enjoyed the overall game play that it offered.
* Wide selection of vehicles (as you progress you unlock new ones)
* Base management adds an interesting aspect of game play
* While managing your base you're not rushed into an emergency situation as the game pauses time while you manage your base.
* The ability to train and "level up" your team of firefighters and paramedics is quite nice.
* Different situations arise due to differing personalities amongst your staff (a nice touch).
* Some missions offer a slight challenge for those seeking it. You can always abandon the mission and repeat if you chose the wrong or inadequate equipment.
* Campaign is short (haven't tried Freeplay mode yet, will update my thoughts when I do)
* For those seeking an incredible challenge, this game really isn't for you.
* Some flakey physics (driving through objects, pushing guys out of the way, etc) but nothing that was a deal-breaker for me.
This game is a casual simulation game that is a decent mix of a business management (firehouse management) and strategy wrapped into what I call a well done shell. This game isn't meant to force you to spend hours upon hours trying to beat a single mission (I think the most times I restarted a mission was twice but that was because I was herp derping on my mouse clicks lol). I think that those who are looking for something casual to spend a few hours a night doing, this might be worth it. Don't like the price? Wait for it to go on sale because you know Steam has tons of sales :-)
* Update 4/25/2014*
After trying Freeplay mode, my overall view of this game hasn't changed. Freeplay really doesn't offer a whole lot other than a way to play missions on an open map. It can be challenging at times when you get multiple missions at the same time. You are limited to 4 vehicles at any given time and you can swap them out by sending them back to base and removing them. There is no money aspect or base management aspect in freeplay mode. Just a simple choose your vehicles, choose your staff, and go do missions. I was a bit disappointed that there was no save feature for freeplay mode. You simply play till you have had enough and you get a score. Still, this game is very nice if you catch it on sale.