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  • Summary: Your darkest fears will awaken in these woods.
    It's 1996. A young boy disappears in the Black Hills Forest near Burkittsville, Maryland. As Ellis, a former police officer with a troubled past, you join the search. What starts as an ordinary investigation soon turns into an endless nightmare
    Your darkest fears will awaken in these woods.
    It's 1996. A young boy disappears in the Black Hills Forest near Burkittsville, Maryland. As Ellis, a former police officer with a troubled past, you join the search. What starts as an ordinary investigation soon turns into an endless nightmare as you confront your fears and the Blair Witch, a mysterious force that haunts the woods

    Blair Witch is a first-person, story-driven psychological horror game based on the cinematic lore of Blair Witch.
    A STORY OF THE HUMAN DESCENT INTO DARKNESS
    From the creative minds behind the critically acclaimed Layers of Fear, experience first-hand the toll that fear can take on the mind in an original story inspired by the cinematic lore of Blair Witch.
    FIND THE WAY THROUGH THE HAUNTED WOODS
    With just your loyal dog Bullet by your side, navigate your way through a cursed forest that warps and distorts both time and space.
    YOUR SANITY AGAINST HER CURSE
    Stand against the horrors of the Blair Witch and the decaying sanity of a man burdened by his past.
    HOW WILL YOU FACE YOUR FEARS?
    As you delve deeper into the woods, how you react to danger and behave under pressure will ultimately teach you more about yourself.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Jan 29, 2020
    80
    Playably Blair Witch is a game that doesn't stand out, but still any lover of the horror genre will be delighted by the atmosphere the game achieves. Especially for those who have enjoyed the Blair Witch movies and want to live a new experience with the franchise, this title is a work that they will love.
  2. Dec 9, 2019
    80
    Blair Witch returns with its conversion on PlayStation 4, and it also has additional content for Bullet the dog.
  3. Dec 31, 2019
    75
    Blair Witch is a good homage to the film but stands on its own as a spooky, lost-in-the-woods, romp that doesn't go far enough with some of its story beats.
  4. Dec 19, 2019
    70
    It would be a worthy and truly scary successor to the original Blair Witch Project, if not for its lacklustre technical execution and uninspired confrontations. As it stands, Blair Witch is a mixed bag: at times truly great, but more often than not just not good enough.
  5. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Jan 9, 2020
    60
    Good ideas are undermined by overuse and a lack of tension, but Blair Witch does leave you thinking ‘What if?’ and demands to be replayed . [Issue#171, p.97]
  6. 55
    Ultimately, Blair Witch is an intriguing story plagued by unsatisfactory gameplay, with a few neat ideas sprinkled throughout. Your canine companion presents some interesting mechanics, along with altering time through the camcorders, but in the end, even these features aren’t enough to save Blair Witch from being a chore to play. There’s still some to appreciate like the characters and story, which make Blair Witch almost enjoyable.
  7. Dec 9, 2019
    40
    Blair Witch's strongest aspect -- its eerie woodland setting -- is perfect for a focused, streamlined, horror experience. Unfortunately, that's not what this game is, and the superfluous, gimmicky gameplay mechanics that are thrown at you with reckless abandon only serve to make the game less effective as a whole. A disappointing story, frustrating level design, and precious few genuine scares leaves us hoping that this is one franchise that gets lost in the woods.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Dec 4, 2019
    10
    Wonderful fun especially for fans of horror. The dog is great support in this game :)
  2. Aug 30, 2020
    8
    So the switch version of "Blair Witch" can rather be described as mixed. Although the story is well told and has its scary moments during theSo the switch version of "Blair Witch" can rather be described as mixed. Although the story is well told and has its scary moments during the game, the technical deficits are very annoying at times. Especially when our dog just doesn't want to hear or just growls for no reason. In addition there is the relatively short playing time. Who nevertheless needs a new game with horror moments for the Switch, should take a closer look at "Blair Witch". If you own all consoles, you should also rather decide for the version for the Sony or Microsoft console.

    (https://www.playmoregames.de/post/blair-witch-im-test)
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  3. Apr 9, 2021
    8
    I'm giving this game an 8 for my level of enjoyment and appreciation of it. Do I actually think it's worth an 8 in terms of quality andI'm giving this game an 8 for my level of enjoyment and appreciation of it. Do I actually think it's worth an 8 in terms of quality and execution? Not at all. The execution and gameplay are pretty average, really. At times very frustrating.

    I was a little disappointed that the game basically has nothing to do with the movie. I hadn't researched that in advance. But I thought the developers did a pretty good job of giving us a similar kind of creepiness as we had in the movie. Mostly fairly subtle and slow moving. Slow paced horror games are totally my thing, so for me this game was right up my alley. The early stages were so so, and I wasn't particularly impressed and quite often frustrated. But as the game progressed I thought it improved considerably. For me the whole end sequence from when you enter the house onwards, was really quite outstanding and gripping. I would actually like the return to this game again one day, solely to experience that part of the game again.

    All in all as a fan of slow paced horror games I found enough to enjoy and appreciate about this game to warrant a pretty high score. I would've given it a 7.5 given the option though.
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  4. Nov 9, 2020
    7
    Blair Witch, developed by Bloober Games (makers of Layers of Fear), takes place in the same universe as the movie (Blair Witch Project), aBlair Witch, developed by Bloober Games (makers of Layers of Fear), takes place in the same universe as the movie (Blair Witch Project), a couple years after the fact. The game takes place in the Black Hills Forest of Burkittsville, Maryland like the movie. Blair Witch Project is also briefly mentioned in passing during the intro, though no knowledge of the movie is necessary to play. This is a psychological horror game, with a big emphasis on the ‘psychological’ as the gameplay relies heavily on what’s going on in Ellis’ mind rather than fighting hordes of enemies. It’s about the search and it’s all about what you can’t see in the wide open forest. The best horror is what your own mind conceives rather than what’s shown to you and this game does a very good job at that.

    The main character is Ellis, who is suffering from some sort of troubled past, and his faithful dog companion, Bullet. You start off joining the search for a missing boy; the characters are done well to a certain point. The build-up of both plot and character is great but eventually facts start getting thrown at you near the end that you had no way of knowing as they were never mentioned until then.

    Most of the gameplay relies on you searching for clues, mostly tapes for your camera, but there are also photos and notes strewn about as well. This is one of the most used gameplay mechanics, as the camera has you watching the tapes to manipulate events and objects to progress the story. Your flashlight is your main tool but as in most horror games, if you keep the brightness level where it tells you, you can barely see anything. Then there was a night-vision mode on the camera but you couldn’t past an arm’s length in front of you (unlike Outlast where you could actually see something). A positive was that neither the flashlight nor the camera required an arduous search for batteries (i.e. every other game that uses these mechanics), they acted like real batteries that could last more than 5 minutes.

    The controls for this game are pretty straightforward. There’s a radial menu for the objects you can access along with a menu for different commands you can give to Bullet. The only problem I had was that rewinding the tapes was somewhat clunky and had me attempting to get to the right part several times before it worked.

    As for your dog Bullet, he was okay to have around. But many times he was hard to keep track of when you were supposed to use him to find objects, or the trail, or even to sense enemies. And when it got dark in the woods, he was near impossible to see. The collar was supposed to glow in the dark but it didn’t really work. As for giving Bullet commands, which was also the radial wheel, it was a good idea in theory but didn’t play out super well. He was often running off on his own and I had to use the command ‘come here’ a whole lot. Though overall, it was nice to have a companion character in these creepy woods.

    For the story, there are two different endings with two smaller side endings and then a ‘secret’ ending. The two different endings are for the actual game and Ellis, one of which you’ll always get unless you read on how to get the second ending because if you mess up even one thing right at the beginning you’re getting the other ending. The two smaller endings have to do with another character and the secret ending can’t even be achieved on the 1st playthrough. This game is meant to be played 2-3 times in order to get the whole thing and I think that that really hurts it in the long run. Playing this game you’ll start to come up with theories as to what’s going on, and for the most part mine were correct but then the game kind of just ends and you’re left really confused. You will have to look up other people’s theories and what they got out of the game to compare and start to piece the whole story together.

    Overall, I think this game is worth a playthrough or maybe two if you want to get the other ending. Otherwise, it’s just a good psychological horror game that brings in some P.T. (Silent Hills) elements in the last chapter. P.S. Call the pizza guy every chance you can get a call out, his last calls are hilarious!
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  5. Jun 26, 2020
    6
    The game has great moments, hard to deny. Creepy atmosphere, dark forest, and of course the famous house. If it looks often like a walkingThe game has great moments, hard to deny. Creepy atmosphere, dark forest, and of course the famous house. If it looks often like a walking simulator, there are many moments when you can die. No weapon here, just walking. The devs made a great job with the forest, you often feel totally lost, and it was the goal. The soundtrack is great. The dog, well, it's a cute doggy, but in the end, not really useful for the overall game, more a gimmick useful latter for the story. The last level is great, even if it lacks checkpoints. If you die at some point, you'll restart it from the start. Not my favorite kind of horror game (great atmosphere but almost no gameplay), but in its style, a good game. Expand
  6. Jan 14, 2021
    5
    i had high hopes for this game. even looked forward to it on my Christmas list. however it's highly disappointing. i've spent hours lost ini had high hopes for this game. even looked forward to it on my Christmas list. however it's highly disappointing. i've spent hours lost in the woods with no real direction which basically kills the immersion for what little story it does have, a lot of the game is based on camera puzzles that seem forced and out of place. currently being killed in the same spot over and over with , yet again, no clear direction on what I'm really supposed to do. I'd recommend waiting for this to come to psnow so you can try it for free. it's more frustrating than fun, more confusion than substance. after completing the game i have a little better opinion , but sill not a huge fan. especially with the sound coming fron the controller not being adjustable. Expand
  7. Aug 31, 2020
    2
    Boring Walking Simulator with jump scares.. Bloober team have a great marketing team and production scam going here, to make these horriblyBoring Walking Simulator with jump scares.. Bloober team have a great marketing team and production scam going here, to make these horribly dull experiences get any sort of coverage. They take whatever is relevant to You Tubers and games journalist (Mental Health, Depression, etc etc) make a cheap nasty game loosely , very loosely based to the subject, then hope the gushy low IQs of the world do the rest. Expand

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