The Blair Witch video game is just around the corner, and while we eagerly anticipate its arrival from the safe spot we found behind the sofa, we’ve been taking a look at other video games either directly inspired by (or very similar in tone to) the original Blair Witch Project.
So whether you’re looking for found-footage horror, monsters that don’t like to show themselves, or the feeling of being stalked by something horrific through a dark and spooky place, here are five games that perfectly capture the tone of the Blair Witch Project.
1. Blair Witch
The upcoming Blair Witch game is set in the very same Black Hills Forest from the original film, and it doesn’t look as though it’s become any less haunted since. You’ll venture into the woods to track down a missing child, and while you’re at least accompanied by an adorable (and extremely helpful) dog called Bullet, your own dark past, a hefty sprinkling of time-bending supernatural weirdness, and the lingering presence of the Witch mean that your task won’t be an easy one to complete.
2. Blair Witch Volume I: Rustin Parr
If you’re desperate for more Blair Witch to get you in the mood before the new game arrives, take a look at the original three Blair Witch games, from the developers of Nocturne. The first two games are based on the lore of the movie, while the third covers a brand new Blair Witch story. Volume I: Rustin Parr sees you investigating the titular serial killer, whose legend triggers the film’s heroes to film their documentary in the first place. Needless to say, any investigation that has anything to do with the Blair Witch is going to involve some serious scares.
Dark and spooky setting, check. Inability to fight back, check. Camcorder, check.
In Outlast, you’re totally unarmed as things go bump in the night all around you, and pretty much all you’ve got to help you through your adventure is a measly camcorder. While its night-vision mode will let you see through the darkness that fills the spooky psychiatric hospital, it also runs out of charge faster than you can say spare battery, meaning you’ve got to weigh up whether it’s more important to see if there really is a monster behind you, or to risk being wrong so you can save it for a moment of true peril.
4. Alien: Isolation
Much like in Blair Witch, the original Alien movie spent a long time frightening the socks off you with the mere prospect of the monster, without actually letting you see it – and that’s something that works to equally brilliant effect for much of Alien: Isolation. You know the Alien is there, because you can hear it and you can see it moving on your motion tracker, but you don’t want to turn around and look at it because that means it might see you, too.
You might get used to spotting glimpses of its long tail as it slithers through a vent that you just barely climbed out of, but you can’t prepare for the mind-numbing terror of finally meeting it out in the open.
5. Alan Wake
In Alan Wake, you play as an author plagued by writer’s block, but that’s the least of your problems. You head to a remote mountain town for a restful holiday, but a local legend of a strange, dark presence in the nearby lake starts to bleed into your reality, leaving you haunted by supernatural occurrences and a host of dark creatures whose only weakness is light. How much of your situation is real, and how much of it is in your head?
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