Blair Witch is another first-person, narrative-driven horror game from Bloober Team (of Layers of Fear and Observer fame), developed in collaboration with Liongate Games. As a result, the game incorporates the lore, locations, and events of the Blair Witch film, but is ultimately more interested in delving into the troubled past of the protagonist Ellis, a former-cop and former-marine, who clearly had a rough time in both professions. It also has Bullet, his service dog companion, which all but ensures +1 to the score.
Events start off as you’d expect in any Blair Witch-inspired game - a child has gone missing in the Burkittsville Forest. Ellis arrives too late to join the search parties, finds an empty parking area, grabs a two-way radio, and sets off into the seemingly-peaceful forest with Bullet by his side. Despite the bright, early morning start, Blair Witch is not a game for subtlety. Within the opening 15 minutes, you’ll learn that Ellis has a personal reason for joining the search, mental health problems, and a dysfunctional relationship. Things go awry quickly, darkness falls, and you’re immediately left wondering if this game has anything to do with the supernatural, if it’s all taking place in Ellis’ fracturing mind, or a bit of both.
Blair Witch is more involved than many narrative-driven horror games...
Blair Witch remains focused on Ellis’ story, with flashbacks and scripted sequences that draw on his own twisted memories.
Enjoys games with awesome stories and characters, along with new and interesting hardware. Dislikes day-one patches and driver updates.
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PC, Xbox One
30 August 2019
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