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Blair Witch, Volume I: Rustin Parr (Windows)

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Description

Blair Witch, Volume I: Rustin Parr, the first of three games based on Blair Witch folklore, takes its name from a character mentioned only briefly in the movie. Parr was arrested for the ritualistic murders of seven children in 1941. You play as Elspeth "Doc" Holliday, an agent for a secret government agency called "Spookhouse". She is dispatched to Burkittsville, Maryland weeks after Parr's execution to see if there is any truth to the claims of supernatural forces at work there.

By day Elspeth will talk to the locals, attempting to befriend them and get any useful information about the investigation out of them. At night she will travel through the expansive woods surrounding Burkittsville, dispatching a never ending swarm of monsters as she searches for more clues as to the source of the aberrations. As an agent of Spookhouse Elspeth has access to a wide range of advanced weaponry that ghosts and monsters are vulnerable to, but often it is better to run than fight.

Screenshots

Blair Witch, Volume I: Rustin Parr Windows The townspeople become possessed by Deadites... er, I mean Daemites. Unfortunately, the only cure is total bodily dismemberment. Good thing Doc's got a fire axe handy.
Blair Witch, Volume I: Rustin Parr Windows Nice lightning effects. Doc uses her mad skillz to zap some sense into Kyle Brody
Blair Witch, Volume I: Rustin Parr Windows Quaint little houses to view
Blair Witch, Volume I: Rustin Parr Windows The Djien may be big, but defeating it requires more brains than brawn. Fortunately, Doc should be well suited for such a task.

Alternate Titles

  • "Blair Witch: Czesc Pierwsza: Rustin Parr" -- Polish title
  • "A Bruxa de Blair, Volume 1: Rustin Parr" -- Brazilian title

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User Reviews

A very creepy Survival Horror style romp through the Blair Witch Mythology. Sycada (175) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
A real horror experience! Terrence Bosky (5236) unrated

The Press Says

PC Gamer Brasil Dec, 2000 92 out of 100 92
ESC Magazine Oct 12, 2000 9 out of 10 90
Gaming Age Oct 24, 2000 B+ 83
PC Games (Germany) Mar 07, 2001 79 out of 100 79
Game Informer Magazine Dec, 2000 7.25 out of 10 72
UHS (Universal Hint System) Nov 26, 2000 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Game industry News (GiN) 2000 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
IGN Oct 17, 2000 6.8 out of 10 68
ActionTrip Oct 26, 2000 59 out of 100 59
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jan, 2001 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20

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Trivia

Continuity errors

When you finally meet up with Robin Weaver, she's holding a civil war uniform which she says belonged to a man named Lazarus (the protagonist of Blair Witch, Volume II: The Legend of Coffin Rock). However, if you play Blair Witch II, Lazarus' uniform is destroyed through burning by Weaver's granny near the beginning of the game because it was caked with blood (not to mention 20 years old). So much for continuity.

A bigger breach of continuity occurs with Blair Witch, Volume III: The Elly Kedward Tale. During the first game Holliday somehow contacts Jonathan Prye across time. Prye helps Holliday by leaving his journal about the Blair Witch in a safe place for her to find. None of this actually happens in the third game.

Engine

Well before the game's release, there were all sorts of interesting bits of stuff floating arount the internet. One item was that the game would be utilizing the Unreal engine. This is, and always was, completely false. The game does, however, utilize the engine from Nocturne.

Lens flare effect

The back cover of the box and the CD case has a screenshot showing off the lens flare effect from the flashlight, one of the features which distinguished the Nocturne engine. However in the actual game the lens flare effect is disabled, considerably watering down the flashlight beam's appearance. It is possible to re-enable it by editing the game's .ini file, but the Terminal Reality tech support advise against it for stability reasons, stating it could crash your game, erase your save files, and even possibly wipe your BIOS (although the last one's a bit of a stretch).

Nocturne

Blair Witch, Volume I is (for all intents and purposes) Nocturne Act V. "Doc" Holliday is in the starring role with the Stranger as a supporting character and cameos by Svetlana, Col Hapscomb, and the Spookhouse staff.

References

In Burkittsville's general store, a few interesting boxes can be seen on top of a counter. These are two of Terminal Reality's games; Nocturne and Fly!.

Awards

  • GameSpy
    • 2000 – Special Award for Budget Gaming
Information contributed by Alan Chan, ClydeFrog, Paul Budd and re_fold

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Andrew Hartnett (2254) added Blair Witch, Volume I: Rustin Parr (Windows) on Oct 18, 2000