Blair Witch Volume I: Rustin Parr

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Blair Witch Volume I: Rustin Parr
RustinParrGameCover.jpg
Developer(s)Terminal Reality
Publisher(s)
Director(s)Joe Wampole
Designer(s)Joe Wampole
Programmer(s)Mark Randel
Writer(s)Joe Wampole
Jeff Mills
Peter Besson
William Haskins
Composer(s)Kyle Richards
SeriesBlair Witch
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows
Release
  • NA: 4 October 2000
  • EU: 6 October 2000
Genre(s)Survival horror
Mode(s)Single-player

Blair Witch Volume I: Rustin Parr is a survival horror video game developed by Terminal Reality exclusively for Microsoft Windows.

Plot[edit]

The story takes place in the year 1941, and with the exception of the opening section in the Spookhouse HQ, the game takes place over four days. Following her training, research scientist Elspeth "Doc" Holliday is dispatched to the town of Burkittsville by the Spookhouse, a fictional classified government agency charged with investigating paranormal occurrences. When given the assignment to look into the legend of the Blair Witch, she is partnered with the Stranger, but decides to go on her own as the Stranger is skeptical of the witches existence. It is reported that during the early 1940s, a hermit named Rustin Parr abducted seven children from Burkittsville and, apparently without motive, murdered all but one in his basement. The player must guide Holliday through her investigations, to see if there is any truth to Parr's claims that he was under the influence of otherworldly forces when he committed the murders.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic73/100[1]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Adventure Gamers2/5 stars[2]
AllGame3.5/5 stars[3]
Eurogamer9/10[4]
Game Informer6.75/10[5]
GamePro4/5 stars[6]
Game RevolutionB[7]
GameSpot7.1/10[8]
GameSpy92%[9]
GameZone8.3/10[10]
IGN6.8/10[11]
PC Gamer (US)70%[12]
Maxim8/10[13]

Blair Witch Volume I: Rustin Parr received "mixed or average" reviews, according to review aggregator Metacritic.[1] In the United States, Volume 1 sold 49,000 copies by October 2001.[14]

GameSpot awarded the game a 7.1 out of 10, praising its atmosphere but calling its combat "mediocre".[8] Eurogamer also highlights the game's atmosphere but said this about the game's length:

"Sadly, there is one big crux as far as Rustin Parr goes, and that's longevity. Like a film or book with a twist in the tail and an engrossing story-line, you can happily read it again and the odd bit here or there will make more sense, but you'll never get quite the same level of enjoyment out of it as you did before. Add to this the fact that Rustin Parr is over in what seems like an instant and you have cause for some alarm."[4]

ActionTrip was more critical of the game and awarded it a 5.9 out of 10. Cited are its "bad controls", "godawful camera angles" and its re-purposing of a classic adventure game engine for a more action-oriented game. On the positive side of things, the author approved of the game's story and mood.[15] AllGame described the game as "one of the scariest games you're likely to experience on the PC in the year 2000" but that the greatest drawback was the controls, stating that "it takes what seems forever to re-center yourself after you turn around and also, when you look up or down, you can get disoriented before you realize you aren't looking straight ahead anymore. This can be very frustrating, especially when you are trying to fight off the many undead creatures in the forest." and that the game was short, taking only about 10 hours to finish.[3]

Rustin Parr was a nominee for GameSpot's 2000 "Best Adventure Game" award, which ultimately went to The Longest Journey.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Blair Witch Volume 1: Rustin Parr for PC Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  2. ^ Fournier, Heidi (20 May 2002). "Blair Witch Volume 1". Adventure Gamers. Archived from the original on 17 September 2002. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  3. ^ a b Chung, Terry. "Blair Witch Vol. 1: Rustin Parr - Review". AllGame. Archived from the original on 15 November 2014. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  4. ^ a b Bramwell, Tom (1 October 2000). "Blair Witch Volume 1 : Rustin Parr Review". Eurogamer. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  5. ^ Brogger, Kristian (December 2000). "Blair Witch Volume One: Rustin Parr". Game Informer (92): 135. Archived from the original on 14 November 2004. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  6. ^ Brian Wright (10 October 2000). "Blair Witch Volume 1: Rustin Parr Review for PC on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on 7 February 2005. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  7. ^ White, A.A. (September 2000). "Blair Witch Volume One: Rustin Parr Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  8. ^ a b Dulin, Ron (27 September 2000). "Blair Witch Volume 1: Rustin Parr Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  9. ^ Buecheler, Christopher "shaithis" (25 September 2000). "Blair Witch Volume One: Rustin Parr". GameSpy. Archived from the original on 21 September 2004. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  10. ^ Lambert, Jason (17 November 2000). "Blair Witch Volume 1: Rustin Parr Review - PC". GameZone. Archived from the original on 17 March 2008. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  11. ^ Lopez, Vincent (17 October 2000). "Blair Witch Volume 1: Rustin Parr". IGN. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  12. ^ "Blair Witch Volume 1: Rustin Parr". PC Gamer. 2001.
  13. ^ Porter, Alex (27 September 2000). "The Blair Witch Project [sic] Volume 1: Rustin Parr". Maxim. Archived from the original on 10 March 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  14. ^ Keighley, Geoff (October 2001). "READ.ME; G.O.D.'s Fall from Grace". Computer Gaming World (207): 30–32.
  15. ^ Jojic, Uros "2Lions" (26 October 2000). "Blair Witch Volume 1: Rustin Parr Review". ActionTrip. Archived from the original on 2014-03-10. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  16. ^ GameSpot Staff. "Best and Worst of 2000". GameSpot. Archived from the original on 2002-02-02. Retrieved 2018-11-08.

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