Posts Tagged ‘Kholat’

Sean Bean’s Winter Vacation: Brief Thoughts On Kholat

In Kholat [official site], every day is a snow day. I’ve spent a couple of hours wandering around in the game’s open world and I’ve mostly been looking at drifts, flurries and heaps of the white stuff. Occasionally celebrity narrator Sean Bean says something, sounding weary even for a Yorkshireman, but he’s mostly been quiet since picking his way through the introduction (at one point the subtitles suggest “extraterrestrials” might be involved in the Dyatlov Pass Incident on which the game is based; Sean’s too practical-minded for that sort of nonsense so he goes with “wild animals” instead).

I’m supposed to be using my map and compass to find points of interest, referencing a list of coordinates, but I’m not sure that I care to go on. I’m snowblind.

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Winter Is Coming Next Week: Sean Bean Narrates Kholat

Alex has pitched Kholat¬†[official site] to me as “looks alright, has Sean Bean in it.” So naturally, moved by his booming recommendation I’ve slipped on my Sharpe #1 Fan jumper to take a look.

And O! It takes me back to those dark nights in Canada reading through Wikipedia’s strangest¬†entries. Have you heard of the Dyatlov Pass Incident? The event saw the mysterious deaths of nine hikers in the Northern Ural Mountains in 1959. Kholat, then, sees you explore Dyatlov Pass to work out how and why those deaths occured.

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Ural ‘Orrible Deaths: First-Person Spooker Kholat

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The Dyatlov Pass incident is one of those strange and horrible tragedies you’d read in a book filled with tales of spontaneous human combustion, the Mary Celeste, ball lightning, Roanoke Colony, the Lead Masks Case, star jelly, and other mysteries that the author’s not saying aliens did, right, but aliens probably did it. Nine hikers died in Russia’s Ural mountains in 1959 after cutting their tent open from the inside and scattering barefoot into the snow. Their corpses were found weeks and months later, some with strange wounds. And first-person horror Kholat is inspired by that tale. Kholat’s not saying ghosts did it, but a beautiful new trailer shows ghosts probably did it.

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