Blair Witch – Xbox One Review
I was at just the right age to end up going to the cinema to see the Blair Witch Project when it was first released, even at the time sitting in the cinema with a load of jumping and squealing late teen early twenties girls (and many cases boys!) being comforted by their partners, I thought it wasn’t in the slightest bit scary and was in places stupidly funny.
When E3 came around I was very surprised to see the Blair Witch game being released this year twenty years after the films release, I was a little concerned that the game would just be a direct mirror of the film with that being pretty predictable.
Just like in the film the environment plays trick on your mind by moving things that you were using as a landmark to fox you, regularly you will walk down a path and end up back where the path shouldn’t have even taken you.
Graphically the game looks really quite good and it really captures the atmosphere that I imagine they were going for, I’ve played a fair few horror style games and I think this one really does the environments justice, the forest is genuinely spooky at times.
The story line also plays along well and you get to discover the main protagonist Ellis’ tale and troubling past, without giving away any spoilers there are some really troubling things there that add to the whole package as you work through the game.
One of the better elements of the game is the addition of Bullet the dog, the mechanics of your canine companion are generally pretty good as he follows scent trails to lead you through objectives, he also acts as a little bit of an early warning system as he starts a low growl when danger is near, he is a very welcome companion for you during the more tense parts of the game.
You can pet bullet and I definitely recommend that you do, my understanding is that the ending of the game can be affected by how Bullet gets on during the play through, there are apparently four endings to the game but I’ve only managed one so far.
My plan is to go back and play through the game again to try and discover the others but I just need to get my nerves back to normal before I do so, this is actually a genuinely scary game at times.
Overrall, there are some technical issues which can slightly damage the immersion such as getting completely stuck in the environment meaning you have to reload the game but if you a fan of scary games then I’d definitely recommend you give this a play, especially considering that you can play it included in Game Pass.
With thanks tp Premier Comms for the review Code
Developer: Bloober Team
Publisher: Bloober Team
Twitter: @Blooberteam / @BlairWitchGame
Price: £24.99 or included in Game Pass