Even though I undoubtedly keep in mind the hype behind The Blair Witch Project and the promoting campaign that led a lot of to think the film was located footage of true events, I in no way watched the film back in the day and truthfully have nonetheless in no way noticed it. Even so, as a large fan of the survival-horror genre, I could not assistance but really feel intrigued when the trailer for a new Blair Witch game was 1st shown final summer time. Thanks to the game getting effortlessly offered to play, I did not wait extended soon after its release to give it a attempt, and I was pleasantly shocked general.
Blair Witch is a survival-horror title created by Bloober Group (Layers of Worry, Observer) and published by Lionsgate Games. Released on August 30, 2019 for Computer and Xbox A single, it was met with mixed to optimistic important reception. A surprise announcement at E3 2019, Blair Witch was straight away offered to play through Xbox Game Pass upon its release and is nonetheless offered at the time of this writing.
Set in 1996, two years soon after the events of the original Blair Witch Project film, primary protagonist Ellis Lynch travels to Black Hills Forest with his dog Bullet to join the search celebration for nine-year old Peter Shannon. Even so, it does not take extended for Ellis to turn into lost and begin experiencing strange phenomena. Regardless of the supply material and the possible that comes with it, the story components in Blair Witch largely fall flat. Even though there are some intriguing plot threads, most of them lead to relatively predictable conclusions. It is also worth noting that the game has several endings, but the variations amongst them are subtle, and the specifications for attaining the ‘true’ ending are egregiously unintuitive.
Blair Witch is a 1st-particular person adventure game that leans relatively heavily into the ‘walking simulator’ category, and the game largely includes wandering the Black Hills Forest in search of things or locations of interest. Exploring the forest, no matter whether throughout the day or at evening, is extremely atmospheric and is a powerful point of the game, which is superior contemplating that wandering the woods comprises most of the gameplay. Ellis can interact with other persons all through the game applying a radio and a classic mid-90s cell telephone. The radio operates similarly to virtually any other game that utilizes a radio and is utilised mostly for path and exposition. The cell telephone feels relatively superfluous, but it does give you the alternative of generating calls (when you have a signal) and getting emails, which can assistance flesh out Ellis’ character a bit.
Possibly the largest draw of Blair Witch is the addition of Ellis’ canine companion Bullet. Bullet is integral for navigating the confusing forest and will generally lead you to crucial locations. There are also a number of interactions with Bullet that are offered to the player at virtually any offered time, most notably a Seek command that has Bullet scan the nearby atmosphere for any objects of interest. It is also effortless to locate Bullet if you get separated by applying a single button press to contact him. And to answer the most crucial query relating to Bullet: Yes, you can pet the dog. You can also reprimand and scold him if that is much more your issue. Bullet is unsurprisingly the most endearing aspect of the game, and getting lost in a creepy forest is a lot significantly less unsettling with him about.
In reality, this is the entirety of the game for some persons.
Becoming an adventure-style game, there are really a handful of puzzle components all through the game. These contain points such as manipulating fuses and locating components to energy on and operate heavy machinery, and these components are nicely carried out for the most element and are a good addition to the game. Pretty early in the game, a camcorder is located that can be utilised to view cassette tapes, and these will have to be utilised on occasion to manipulate reality, which is a neat and special mechanic. The camcorder’s nightvision mode becomes crucial later on to see hidden paths and markers that are not visible to the naked eye.
For far better or worse, there are also a handful of combat and stealth segments in the game. Combat largely boils down to shining your flashlight in the path that Bullet is barking to harm largely invisible enemies. Stealth largely includes applying the nightvision on the camcorder to see invisible enemies and sneak previous them. Even so, these components do not add a great deal to the general knowledge, and in my opinion the game would have been enhanced by removing the stealth components altogether and fleshing out or completely removing the combat portions.
Blair Witch is a superior hunting game general, with the forest environments in distinct standing out as good. Some of the handful of non-wooded locations in the game can appear a bit underwhelming in comparison, but they are not terrible. Effects such as lighting are nicely carried out, which is essential for a horror game, particularly when flashlights are so prominently utilised. Even though there is really tiny music in the game to speak of, the voice acting and common sound style are nicely carried out.
Finding lost in the woods is not so terrible when it appears this good.
There are also some technical troubles to speak of that can hinder the general knowledge, such as some framerate and stuttering challenges. I also had an challenge with finding stuck in doorways in interior places and would generally have to crouch to get by means of them. The dog AI can also be a bit wonky and bring about some strange behavior in Bullet. These troubles have been all skilled playing through an Xbox A single at release, and it is probable that some or all of these troubles have been patched or have been in no way present on Computer.
Regardless of the game’s shortcomings, I came away pleasantly shocked by Blair Witch and enjoyed it general. It really is not a game for everyone, but if you love slower-paced adventure games and a good horror atmosphere, then there is a thing to like right here. It is an effortless recommendation for these with Xbox Game Pass, but due to its brief length of only a handful of hours, I would advise waiting for a sale ahead of basically getting it.