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Blair Witch, Volume III: The Elly Kedward Tale (Windows)

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A decent action title that comes off suprisingly well but lacks appropriate ambiance. Sycada (175) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars

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Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.3
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.8
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.3
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 2.9
Overall MobyScore (10 votes) 3.3


The Press Says

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81
FiringSquad
With the price, the excellent use of the Nocturne engine, and a slight touch of innovation, BW3 fought tooth and nail for its 81% grade. We highly recommend Blair Witch 3: The Elly Kedward Tale to anyone looking for a good scare.
77
Game Chronicles
I've enjoyed all three of the Blair Witch games which is surprising considering how much I hated the movie. This third installment not only proves that sequels are not always doomed to get worse, but that games based on a movie license aren't always doomed to fail. The Nocturn engine has been put to good use once again to bring us a terrifying tale of evil.
75
Gamer's Pulse
In the end, BW3 is a fair amount of fun. The storyline is enough to keep you involved, and it’s fun enough to play through. It’s less than 10 hours worth of playtime, so it’s definitely not something to keep you occupied for a long time. At the current retail price, this game is worth it for those hankering for an adventure-ish type game. Don’t expect a new paradigm though.
75
Power Unlimited
De sfeer en de horrorelementen komen in deel 3 het best tot hun recht maar door de bugs en de flippende camera zul je af en toe geneigd zijn om je muismat op te knagen.
75
Just Adventure
If you have not yet played any of the Blair Witch games, I would recommend starting with volume 3. One thing that did disappoint me was that I was waiting for a startling explanation as to why the game was released in reverse chronological order, but unless I overlooked the obvious, none was ever forthcoming. Still, if you're just looking to have a good time and enjoy horror based action/adventure games, then the Blair Witch trilogy is a nice walk in the woods.
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GameStar (Germany)
Die häufigen Kamerawechsel der Nocturne-Engine sind sicher nicht ein für ein Actionspiel geeignet, sorgen mit dramatischen Einstellungen aber für ein stimmiges Horrorfilm-Ambiente. Da nehme ich auch die immer noch leicht fummelige Steuerung gern in Kauf. Denn dank der schön schaurigen Präsentation und einer gnadenlos spannenden Geschichte wird der Knoten in meinen Fingern schnell zur Nebensache. Schade nur, dass der Grusel-Spaß für Profi-Exorzisten zu kurz geraten ist.
74
PC Action
"Dies ist die Höhle des Satans", krächzt die Alte. "Unsere Kinder dienen der Hexe als Festschmaus." Nun mal langsam. Wer wird denn an solche Ammenmärchen glauben? Na ja, in erster Linie Sie selbst, schließlich spielen Sie den Hexenjäger Jonathan Prye im Jahr 1786. Ort des Geschehens ist mittlerweile zum dritten Mal der kleine Ort Blair samt umliegendem Wald. In Die Elly Kedward Sage, dem Abschluss der Blair Witch-Trilogie, laufen nun die Fäden der Story zusammen.
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Armchair Empire, The
Players assume the role of Jonathan Prye, witch hunter, who travels to Blair Township to investigate the reports of that nasty Blair Witch, Elly Kedward, sacrificing children and raising the dead. For those keeping track, this is the third game in the Blair Witch trilogy. It covers the genesis of the Blair Witch legend in all its goriness.
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PC Player (Germany)
Auch der letzte Teil der Blair-Witch-Trilogie hat mit den Haken und Ösen der Nocturne-Engine zu kämpfen - wenngleich ich schon den Eindruck habe, dass die Handhabung hier etwas eingängiger funktioniert als bei den Vorgängern. Das eigentliche Spiel gefällt ebenfalls besser als der schwache zweite Teil. Zumindest hat sich offenbar jemand Gedanken über eine einigermaßen nachvollziehbare Story gemacht und die dann auch ganz ordentlich in ein Spiel übersetzt - die Atmosphäre hängt also nicht allen an wallenden Nebeln, sondern gründet tiefer. Dies kann aber nicht darüber hinwegtäuschen, dass nach wie vor ein erheblicher Teil des Ablaufs darin besteht, durch den Zauberwald zu hetzen - und das ist rechtschaffen öde.
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Computer Games Magazine
Blair Witch 3 provides a very satisfying wrap-up to this series and, in some ways, is the best gaming experience of the group. Perhaps because Ritual had more time to develop the story or perhaps because your visits to the spiritual planes offer elements of visual drama that are a welcome change from basements and forests. Or perhaps it is simply that, having grown accustomed to the quirks of the interface, you are finally free to experience the true essence of Blair—which isn't exactly profound, but it can be fun.
69
GameSpy
The game is single-player only, very linear and has virtually no replay value. It's very simple in delivery, the frustration and difficulty lies with the interface. Still, it has a good horror atmosphere, good sound effects and graphics. If you enjoy this style of game, and don't mind saving a lot to avoid bugs, you may find it enjoyable.
68
IGN
If you have to buy a Blair Witch game this holiday season, then this is the one to get -- it's still buggy (wait until your character walks off the edge of the screen without the camera changing), but less so than the other games, the action's solid, and you'll get the Blair Witch history you've been craving. But if you're just looking for something gothic and grungy to sink your teeth into, you'd probably be better off sitting in your backyard with a flashlight and a video camera. At least then you can make money streaming it on the Internet.
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PC Games (Germany)
Zwischen den Kämpfen treiben ellenlange Dialogsequenzen die langweilige Hintergrundstory voran. Damit bietet Blair Witch Vol. 3 wenig abwechslungsreiches Gameplay, dafür aber umso mehr Klischees: Die Hauptfigur sucht neben der Hexe auch ihren verlorenen Glauben, Dämonen schließen ihre Rese mit einem inbrünstigen Lachen ab und der Weiße versteht die Welt nicht, die ihm ein allwissender indianischer Medizinmann erklärt.
60
Gamesmania
Nein, das ist es nun wirklich nicht. Leider verhält es sich hier so wie bei vielen Fortsetzungen: der erste Teil ist der beste, danach kommen nur noch müde Abklatsche ohne Innovationen. Lange wurde sich nicht mehr so gelangweilt und allerhöchstens über die Steuerung aufgeregt.
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Electric Games
The first game in this series had a nice balance of action and adventure, and was genuinely scary. The second game was not quite as engrossing but was still quite entertaining. This third title falls short on too many marks. It does not feature the puzzle-solving aspects of the prior two titles and control is very frustrating. If you want to see the real potential of this series, pick up Volume I: Rustin Parr. Bottom Line: The Elly Kedward Tale is the weakest of the Blair Witch titles. The game focuses too much on action and not enough on adventure. Control is very frustrating and does not feature the improvements present in the first title.
60
Game Captain
Wem einer der Vorgänger gefallen hat, der kann zugreifen, er wird nicht enttäuscht. Auch Fans vollkommener Stories werden das Spiel mögen. Ansonsten greift man lieber zu Teil 1.
60
Jeuxvideo.com
Un ultime volet qui clôt assez difficilement la trilogie Blair Witch. L'action prédomine malgré un gameplay confus, et le scénario ne réserve pas autant de surprises que l'on pourrait s'y attendre. Un jeu qui contentera peut-être les amateurs du film qui souhaitent compléter leur collection sur PC, mais qui s'avère aussi court qu'ennuyeux.
55
ActionTrip
And now I'm supposed to write: Nocturne engine this, Nocturne engine that, but it's pointless to talk about the visuals, the story, and... well it's just pointless to talk about another Blair Witch game, since they are all built around the same technology and bound by the same license. How can I write a decent review on this game when I would have to repeat everything I said about the previous two games? I don't even know how to start this sucker, so this review is in serious danger of becoming just a pointless rant without any concept or thread for the reader to follow...
55
Game Over Online
The Elly Kedward Tale brings the Blair Witch series to a disappointing close. The trilogy began with promise as Rustin Parr delivered an excellent combination of puzzle solving, character interaction, combat and storytelling. The Legend of Coffin Rock and The Elly Kedward Tale both failed to deliver strong story elements, focusing more and more on action without reason, or good reason for that matter. Rustin Parr was genuinely spooky. The Legend of Coffin Rock and The Elly Kedward Tale are scary, but for all the wrong reasons.
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PC Gameplay (Benelux)
De filmlicentie ten schande gemaakt! En dan te bedenken dat er nog een vierde deel aankomt. Zucht...
40
Gamekult
Fin de la trilogie pour Gathering Of Developers auquel on pourrait ajouter immédiatement : enfin ! L'action a clairement été l'élément principal développé par Ritual Entertainment mais ce choix a définitivement entraîné plus de désagréments que d'atouts. Ambiance peu attractive, énigmes insignifiantes et bande-sonore totalement banale, Blair Witch 3 aura du mal à séduire en dépit d'une réalisation graphique appréciable. Les défauts soulignés dans les précédents épisodes, comme les caméras fixes mal placées ou le gameplay mal étudié, sont bien entendu toujours présents sans oublier un scénario sans saveur risquant d'écoeurer les fans de la première heure. Dommage pour la saga Blair Witch laquelle partait sur une idée initiale originale.
40
GameSpot
Though the premise behind Blair Witch Volume 3 - being a witch-hunter who hunts the titular witch - may seem intriguing, the game itself fails to deliver on all accounts. Its precious few adventure-game elements are paper-thin. Instead, the game relies heavily on poorly executed action sequences - and neither these nor the game's ambient and forgettable music are the least bit exciting or creepy. Volume 3 is actually longer than either of the two previous games. But the game is longer - and far less enjoyable - because you'll spend more time shooting zombies or reloading your last saved game to try to finish off a difficult foe than you did in the previous games. So if you must get one of the three Blair Witch games, do yourself a favor and don't get this one.
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Computer Gaming World (CGW)
The Blair Witch phenomenon is dead. Cheap marketing stunts like this hackneyed series of computer games and the atrocious Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows have turned one of the scariest films ever made into a cornball industry no different than that powered by the likes of Jason and Michael Myers. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I'm going to pop The Blair Witch Project into the DVD player and try to forget I ever experienced this nightmarish trilogy.
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Eurogamer.net (UK)
If you have played through the first two Blair Witch titles and desperately want another dosage, this just about sells itself. In fact, if you fall into that category I doubt you've read this review. However just about everyone else needn't apply - Elly Kedward is a dreary, badly made game which offers no real closure to the series and bears no relevance to either Blair Witch film. A waste of your pennies, despite the reasonable price tag.