Blackwood Crossing – Review (Xbox One)

In Blackwood Crossing, you start your journey as Scarlett. Her and her brother Finn are on a train playing fun kids games that every child does. Fast forward 5 minutes, and your whole world (or more specifically the world around you), changes. What follows is one of the most beautiful games I have played this year.

Blackwood Crossing is a story driven adventure which resides just left of centre. You’ll spend a lot of time debating what is real and what isn’t, and exploring what are memories and what are currently happening to you now. Despite its beauty, developer PaperSeven doesn’t hide away from the dark. In fact there are huge portions of the game that are eerie, uncomfortable and plain bizarre. For example, you learn a lot about what has happened in the past by speaking to characters adorned in animal face masks. Not only that, but to progress you’ll have to listen carefully to their comments and interact with each character in a specific order. It’s a very clever touch, because it means that you listen to dialogue intently, and the story is one that is deserving of your attention.

But it’s not just the story that will win you over. There are some very cool mechanics thrown in too. On your journey you’ll gain certain abilities, such as the ability to trap and use fire. But perhaps the reason Blackwood Crossing is so impressive is you can really tell it’s a labour of love. There are cool movie posters hidden through out, as well as a whole host of achievements that rewards the more eagle eyed player. That being said, the 1000G is very straightforward, which is yet another plus here.

But as much as I want to go into detail about why I love this game, I really, really don’t want to spoil it for you. So sit back and take 3 hours out of your day to enjoy the bizarre and brilliantly moving story of Blackwood Crossing, you won’t regret it.

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