Blair Witch Hands-On Preview

Let’s just get this out of the way right now: I spent most of my time in the Blair Witch video game trying to pat the dog.

Believe me, you’ll want to. Your trusty canine companion Bullet is the only thing you’ll have to help you in Blair Witch, which is shaping up to be a frightening little throwback to an era where camcorders were at the cutting edge of technology. He’s as important a part of your (limited) arsenal as your camcorder, mobile phone, and flashlight, but he’s also an extremely adorable partner who you’ll want to protect against the mysterious horrors of the Black Hills Forest.

As ex-cop named Ellis on the search for 9-year-old Peter Shannon in the depths of the said forest, you’re armed with a camcorder, a walkie talkie, a flashlight, and Bullet. All have their uses, but Bullet is the most utilized, minute to minute. You can command him in several ways – Come, Seek, Reprimand (WHO WOULD CHOOSE THIS COMMAND EVER), Stay, Stay Close, and Pet, and I’m told that the way you treat him will influence his behavior later in the game. So patting him isn’t just something you’ll want to do, it’s something you should do.

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