Review: Blair Witch (PlayStation 4)

Inspired by the cinematic lore of Blair Witch, experience a new story-driven psychological horror game that studies your reactions to fear and stress.

Pros:

  • Really good graphics.
  • 21.43gb download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • 5 save slots.
  • Fov slider.
  • Customize your dog-Fur/eye/collar color.
  • Horror puzzle adventure gameplay.
  • Uses DS4 speaker.
  • Set after the events of the film.
  • First-person perspective.
  • Horror aspects like jump scare.
  • Optional collectibles.
  • Multiple endings.
  • Masterclass in level and sound design.
  • Tape reality manipulation-fast forward/rewind and stop videos to change states and positions of objects, people or scenery.
  • Bullet (your dog) can act on his own but you can get him to search for clues, stay, follow and feed him and praise him.

Blair Witch

Cons:

  • Little desire to go back through the game.
  • Slow starter.
  • Sometimes you feel like the game doesn’t explain what it wants from you.
  • Easy to miss collectibles.

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
8/10

Summary

Blair Witch is a masterclass in how to execute not only a horror game but a game based on a franchise. You instantly feel the world around you as it closes in on you. Yes it does a few jump scares and relies a lot on mental anguish and despair but goddammit it executes it so well. The music deserves a particular mention as without it this whole thing wouldn’t work. The game part of it all is where you manipulate recordings you find and change perspectives to reveal new clues. I had a lot of fun playing the game but as it ended I never felt like I wanted to go back, collectibles or alternate endings aside, it’s a one time ride for me.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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