Metascore
69

Mixed or average reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 36
  2. Negative: 3 out of 36
  1. Aug 30, 2019
    90
    Blair Witch nails the feeling of the original movie, producing the same paranoia and terror as many felt in the cinemas back in 1999. An essential experience for any horror fan.
  2. Aug 30, 2019
    88
    Blair Witch is a harrowing walk in the woods that deserves a spot in the horror game pantheon alongside Amnesia, Silent Hill, and their like.
  3. Aug 30, 2019
    82
    Bloober Team has managed to forge a new horror game that, although it turns out to be extremely faithful to the lore of the universe created by the first film, it manages to position itself as a product with a unique personality. Its mechanics, setting and artistic design come together to offer a title that tries to generate fear in the player showing respect to his intelligence and avoiding falling into the most overused topics of the genre.
  4. 80
    Landing just a handful of months after its E3 reveal, Blair Witch stands proudly as one of my favourite indie surprises of 2019. Its ever-morphing and vastly expansive setting of the Black Hills Forrest always evokes chills and I like how the ‘found footage’ trope that defined the 1999 movie was used here in inventive ways during puzzle sequences. I did, however, find myself getting lost far too frequently and the forced moments of stealth were really a test of my patience during the final elongated chapter. That said, Blair Witch is not one that should be missed horror fans, even for those unfamiliar with the movie or Bloober Team’s previous work.
  5. Sep 4, 2019
    80
    Despite some shortcomings, Blair Witch is an outstanding horror game with great atmosphere, puzzles, and story.
  6. Aug 30, 2019
    80
    Despite being rough around the edges, Blair Witch is a survival horror delight that will no doubt enrapture fans of the long-running franchise. It stays faithful to what makes the mythos so enticing while pushing it into some unpredictable new directions. Certain mechanics do feel clumsy and don't always hit the mark, with controls on console feeling rather unwieldy when combined with inconsistent performance. But with Bullet by my side, I wasn't alone in the Black Hills Forest, and it's a journey I'll happily take again.
  7. Aug 30, 2019
    80
    Lionsgate was wise to let Bloober Team loose with its Blair Witch IP. It has treated it with respect, delivering a game that truly does justice to the source material. While its centre part lets it down somewhat, and Bullet’s pathfinding could do with a bit of improvement, it’s one of the scariest horror games ever made. And your reliance on Bullet, as well as the manipulation of found video footage, adds gameplay meat to what usually ends up being little more than a walking simulator. If you’re brave enough, you should definitely enter the woods and face the Blair Witch.
  8. Aug 30, 2019
    79
    Blair Witch is, undoubtedly, a very good horror with an enjoyable, albeit a little predictable story, great atmosphere and more involving gameplay, which all take full advantage of the license. Despite some issues here and there, like the excessive linearity, little replay value and technical issues, the game is definitely among the best titles created by Bloober Team. Recommended to all horror games fans.
  9. Aug 30, 2019
    78
    Blair Witch is a powerful psychological horror, far from perfect but full of memorable scenes.
  10. Sep 9, 2019
    75
    The Blair Witch Project fans and horror game fans alike will find lots to enjoy here. The roughly five-hour campaign can be completed in a few sittings, and with four different endings, there’s lots to come back for. It isn’t always great, but when it hits the mark its a ton of fun. A weak second act keeps it from being a home run, but it’s worth battling through just to play that final sequence. At times, Blair Witch genuinely had me feeling like I was playing through the movie, and as a fan, isn’t that all I can ask for?
  11. Sep 5, 2019
    75
    Undoubtedly the best thing to happen to the Blair Witch since the 1999 film.
  12. Sep 3, 2019
    75
    Blair Witch is a creepy, tense expansion on the mythos established by the films and while it does capture the general aesthetic of the movie does stumble in trying to replicate that which made the franchise so well-regarded to this day.
  13. Aug 30, 2019
    75
    Bloober Team definitely know their onions. Blair Witch introduces some minor tweaks to a tried and well-known formula, but there's no trace of true revolution. This horror is fun and scary, but there's also much room for improvement. It's a solid game that makes the future really exciting for the team and their fans.
  14. Aug 30, 2019
    75
    An interesting experience that mixes investigation, puzzles and chasing scenes with jumpscares. The forest and the oppressing atmosphere are really well handled, and we really liked the end of the game, that unfortunately, concludes an intense, yet short and sometimes too conventionnal, story.
  15. Aug 30, 2019
    73
    It gets really scary towards the end of the game, when the madness slowly takes over.
  16. Aug 30, 2019
    72
    Blair Witch tries to do its job but can’t keep the player's attention highly enough throughout the entire experience. Despite that, Bloober Team put some interesting new mechanics on the plate, but the inspiration seems to get lost at the same rhythm with which Ellis's past tries to emerge.
  17. Sep 3, 2019
    70
    Blair Witch is impressive and cleverly designed in many ways. Although there are answers to the abundant amount of questions that start to stir up over the course of the game, the end result still leaves many of those to be unanswered. The visual and sound fidelity provides an excellent foundation to the story that is being told. For psychological horror fans, it will scratch that much-needed itch.
  18. Sep 3, 2019
    70
    Blair Witch makes a valiant effort to revive the franchise, and while it won’t generate the hype of the 1999 film, it’s a worthwhile horror title despite some flaws discussed above. Its biggest problem is that the execution of a lot of its ideas fall short of their potential. Bullet is a great addition to the experience, but poor pacing and not the greatest game mechanics hold this one back from being a must-play title. For hardcore horror fans or people who are really into the Blair Witch franchise, this title is worth checking out.
  19. Sep 2, 2019
    70
    It may not be quite as groundbreaking as the film it's based on, but Blair Witch is the next best thing to the original movie, and it's definitely worth checking out for fans of the franchise, despite its shortcomings.
  20. Sep 1, 2019
    70
    Blair Witch is great at building tension and letting you get lost in its unforgiving forest, but sometimes it takes that too literally. It mostly overcomes that, however, thanks to your magic camcorder and superb pooch.
  21. Sep 1, 2019
    70
    If you don't mind a quite predictable story and a few flaws, you'll find in Blair Witch a very effective way to spend your evenings in total fear with a lovely dog and some good game mechanics to help you.
  22. Aug 30, 2019
    70
    Blair Witch is a consistently interesting horror story with outstanding audio and graphics throughout. It may not be quite as groundbreaking as the film it's based on, but Blair Witch is the next best thing to the original movie, and it's definitely worth checking out for fans of the franchise, despite its shortcomings.
  23. Aug 30, 2019
    70
    Navigating this world is more tiresome than frightening, especially once you realize that you’re not in peril most of the time. Instead, it’s more about how creepy you find wooden stick figures and walking around in the dark.
  24. Aug 30, 2019
    70
    If you're in the market for a short adventure to tide you over for an evening or two ahead of September's big releases and its atmospheric premise intrigues you, go right ahead. However, if you're looking for the next smash-hit horror title, you're best going elsewhere.
  25. Aug 30, 2019
    65
    The potential of the video camera, a central tool for solving puzzles, is partially thrown to the winds due to a puzzle structure that remains the same from beginning to end. What remains is still a game with a good atmosphere, which perfectly embodies - at least in the first part - the spirit of cinematographic films, also thanks to some clever and exquisite workmanship.
  26. Sep 3, 2019
    60
    There's a lot of things to like about Blair Witch, from the way it invokes the imagery of the original film, to some inventive camcorder puzzles and intriguing depictions of trauma, but most of these aspects aren't given the time to really develop. There's the skeleton of a really good horror-based walking sim here, and while it's still worth checking out for horror fans, it feels more like a first episode of a series rather than a standalone game. A missed opportunity; all Woody and no real Buzz.
  27. Sep 3, 2019
    60
    Despite being a fan of Bloober Team’s games, Blair Witch just doesn’t really work. There are far too many moments where you’re just wandering around frustrated in a forest trying to find something to do, and very few moments where the game does something unexpected to scare you. Clever gameplay ideas like the time-changing camcorder go pretty much to waste. Most importantly, despite a few good scares, in general Blair Witch isn’t really scary enough. It has really good storytelling moments and buckets of atmosphere, but we were ultimately left disappointed. It’s better than the 2000 Blair Witch games, at least.
  28. Aug 30, 2019
    60
    Blair Witch is a great entry into the genre. Fans of horror games, with a heavy focus on narrative and walking, will find plenty of scares and edge-of-your-seat moments. However, those looking to dive deeper into the narrative of Blair Witch may come away a little disappointed.
  29. Aug 30, 2019
    60
    It’s a shame the pacing does such a number on Blair Witch. It deals with some heady topics like PTSD, mental illness, and police shootings.
  30. Aug 30, 2019
    60
    A fine take on psychological horror cut down by bugs and wonkiness.
  31. Sep 5, 2019
    58
    An interesting horror game that never manages to escape the shadow of its ‘90s inspiration.
  32. Sep 2, 2019
    58
    Quite some un-intense idling, frustrating script bugs and some plainly disruptive elements will leave you disillusioned and horrified for all the wrong reasons.
  33. Sep 5, 2019
    50
    For all the gripping tension that its setting instills, Blair Witch can't maintain its initially frightening atmosphere and ends up losing it entirely by its conclusion.
  34. Sep 6, 2019
    40
    Blair Witch fails to impress at every turn. The story is interesting but unfulfilling, the environment is dull, and the creatures are boring. Worst of all, everything you do is very repetitive. I love horror games but the only thing scary about Blair Witch is how boring it is.
  35. Sep 3, 2019
    40
    Believe me when I say Terminal Reality's three-volume Blair Witch series is a better use of your time. Or better yet, watch the original found footage classic The Blair Witch Project if you haven't already seen it. It may be hokey, but it's culturally significant – and you may actually walk away a bit shaken.
  36. Sep 3, 2019
    40
    Not only does Blair Witch cheapen the idea that a dog is man’s best friend, it also falls apart like a cheap chew toy.
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  1. Aug 30, 2019
    The Layer of Fear devs deliver some effective horror with a side of smart ideas, though it's not without its faults.
  2. Sep 4, 2019
    It's a bad sign when an indie movie made 20 years ago with a $60,000 budget remains endlessly more immersive than a video game made in 2019.
  3. Sep 2, 2019
    The stakes are high in Blair Witch, as these woods aren’t known to take prisoners. But with two characters at the heart of this game, I only really care about one of them coming home alive.
  4. Blair Witch is lumbering and predictable, as horror often is, and the rattling moments come mostly from jumpscares. The rest is a tepid sort of horror.
  5. Sep 1, 2019
    I gotta say, it turned out rather well. Not quite the creepfest I was hoping for, it's nonetheless inventive and atmospheric, and feels like it fits within the Blair Witch world without treading overly familiar ground.
  6. Sep 6, 2019
    Blair Witch’s story isn’t bad, but it was barely compelling enough to pull me through once, let alone twice.
User Score
6.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 241 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 76 out of 241
  1. Aug 30, 2019
    10
    Scary and entertaining! Amazing graphics, vibe and soundtrack. Kudos to Bloober Team, they made a strong candidate for game of the year.
  2. Aug 30, 2019
    9
    Very good horror for the fair price. Maybe a little bit too short but still best game of this kind this year!
  3. Aug 30, 2019
    10
    good game. Great game , fantastic grafic, absolutly stunning. Best horror of the year!!!