Blair Witch hands-on impressions — Battling the minions of an unseen evil


The Blair Witch Project has by no means gotten very good video game therapy. A trio of games came out in the year 2000, but they had tiny lasting effect. And now Lionsgate has teamed up with Layers of Worry developer Bloober Group to give it yet another attempt.

And so, 20 years following the original film debuted, Blair Witch is coming out on August 30 for Windows Computer and Xbox A single. I played a demo of the game’s starting, a middle section, and scene in a mysterious property late in the game.

Exactly where the game begins

The game requires us back into the fictional Black Hills forest close to Burkittsville, Maryland. You play as Ellis, a former police officer with a troubled previous. You are recruited to enable search for a 9-year-old boy, Peter, who is missing in the woods. You get there also late to join the search celebration, but your trusted dog Bullet accompanies you.

The game is set in 1996, following the events of the film. As you search for the boy, alone in the forest with your dog, the Blair Witch tries to cease you.

Hands-on gameplay

The Black Hills forest of Blair Witch.

Above: The Black Hills forest of Blair Witch.

Image Credit: Lionsgate

You can see my 33-minute gameplay session in the embedded video. The starting is cinematic, as Ellis drives a pickup truck into the woods with a sense of foreboding. A handful of screens inform you some directions, like how to listen to Bullet, send him on a search, and contact him back.

Other searchers have left you a note, telling you they’ve gone ahead. You search about for a handful of other factors like a walkie talkie. But you do not have a ton of loot to choose up. You rely on Bullet to obtain any hidden objects.

The woods are properly lit, with shadows everywhere. The ambient sound of birds is plentiful. Then you march off into the woods. Bullet runs ahead. You obtain a strange wooden token on a fence post and then proceed. Then you see your self for the initial time in a cinematic, exactly where the camera pulls out and, higher above the woods, you see the Blair Witch’s symbol in the type of dark patches in the trees.

The game skips forward to yet another swampy, foggy component of the woods. Bullet senses one thing and you have to run. The wind blows leaves and dust in your face. You have to keep close to the dog as you understand negative factors are taking place, like trees falling close to you. The music gets spooky.

Whilst this section is not that interactive — you fundamentally have to maintain your eye on Bullet as he runs down twisting paths in the woods — it does produce a dark and scary atmosphere. You do not see the Blair Witch, just as you do not in the original film, and that remains the scariest point of all.

You begin exploring an underground tunnel with your flashlight. When the light goes out, you cannot see something. Bullet, thankfully, wasn’t as scared as I was so. So he plunges ahead in the darkness, and you have to shine your flashlight on demonic shapes to ward them off. Bullet senses them, and that offers you a second or two to react ahead of they attack you.

You come upon an old rail car or truck and ride it by means of the woods. It stops close to some type of logging shed. As you strategy the shed, you get a contact from Jess, your substantial other, who wishes you properly in your search. You inform her you see these factors, and you do not know if they are actual. They trigger memories for you. This is the witch, presumably dredging up factors from your previous. Or maybe it is your imagination.

At the logging creating, you obtain tools. You see it is old, but not abandoned. An individual lives there nevertheless. You discover it in the dark, discovering some objects like a camcorder video. You can view the video as a type of time machine. A guy attacks you and flees.

You chase him, but he escapes by means of a locked door. You have to view the camcorder tape, which shows the door at a time in the previous when it is open. If you cease the tape at that moment, you return to your present and the door is open. In the unlocked location, you obtain a code. It unlocks a mixture lock in the initial creating.

At the property

Blair Witch debuts on August 30 on the PC and Xbox One.

Above: Blair Witch debuts on August 30 on the Computer and Xbox A single.

Image Credit: Lionsgate

Absolutely nothing is scarier than the property in the Blair Witch Project. I skipped significantly of the game to get there. I went inside. It was storming. It was dark, and all I had was my dim flashlight, of course. I went down some hallways to discover the rooms. A ball rolls down the stairs. I view the area with one particular eye, but maintain yet another on the screen of my camcorder, which can show me factors I cannot see.

I obtain a important. I go back downstairs to some locked doors. I unlock a door and go inside. I have 3 additional doors to pick from. I hear one thing menacing that blasts by means of a window and reaches for me. Then it disappears.

I go by means of yet another hallway. It appears this modest property has a complete maze in it. But I maintain going. I see the mark of the witch on a door and blood on a door. I go inside. I come upon a properly lit area with a light inside. I hear a kid scream. I appear about and see factors in the camcorder screen that applied to be, like a hanging chandelier. Then I see one thing in the camcorder viewer that tends to make me cease. I’ll leave the rest for you to learn.


Blair Witch.

Above: Blair Witch.

Image Credit: Microsoft

This game is scary and extremely properly performed. Lionsgate was smart to seek out Bloober Group. Daniel Engelhardt, senior vice president of interactive ventures and games at Lionsgate, mentioned in an interview that the publisher wanted a developer that had practical experience with horror.

I got some shivers from the practical experience. And, once again, the smartest point they did was to not give a type to the witch, at least in the preview that I played. The witch is there, causing factors to occur, causing you to distrust your eyes, and causing your imagination to run wild. And that is the scariest point of all.

Even although the Blair Witch is aging as a home, Engelhardt mentioned, “There’s no negative time to make an amazing game.”


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