Drakelow Tunnels. Exploration and “Ghost” Hunt


Once again I set out to an abandoned building to try to crack down on the supposed haunting’s of Drakelow Tunnels with Anya and Dan. We were with the Spooktacular crew
who run a no messing about or fakers standard and pretty much just guide you about and let you try to contact the dead.

I was immediately existed as I walked down the dark road towards a small door to enter the a11903882_10153374629365589_4860776641162839073_nbandoned tunnels. My adrenaline was pumping and I was already worked up from watching stories about the place. I was aware that I needed to take this into account as I could have easily have started to freak out from my own imagination.

As me and my group followed the rest of the people down the dark candle lit tunnel we entered a large hall with what looked like a long table in a harry potter style. Here we got told the layout of the evening and then all went to do an open11892106_10153374629710589_4167885579348736965_ning circle in one of the tunnels. Jo had a load of random WW2  songs and speeches on her phone in hope that it would evoke the ghosts  down there. Besides the odd tap and slight paranoia from a few people nothing happened. We then split into smaller groups to do a vigil.

We set off with Bill into a small room and he wacked out his Ouija board and told people not to move the planchette as it annoyed him and whats the point in faking it. I pointed out that people can move it subliminally though and told him about the experiments where people have been blindfolded and its been clear people are moving it without knowing. Regardless of this I started thought I would crack on with it just to see. I planted a few seeds by mentioning dates and random names and in time it started moving to a story that I fabricated based on information from a Most Haunted episode. Soon enough I asked for the date and the number I mentioned earlier was given. Now either someone on the table had taken in that information and moved it or it was a ghost. I will leave for you to decide.

Once we finished are little session in that room we were whisked off to Sian’s dark boiler looking room where she said things were kicking right off. I was not expecting much but
11896048_10153374628205589_603469401857090560_nshe gathered us in a circle and shut off the lights so I could not see my own glasses on my face. She then asked for the ghost to come back and indicate with a bang. Then to the right of me a large bang followed. I replied with “no f**king way I need to document this” and left the circle and started recording with my camera. These taps and bangs continued and I was aware everyone was in the circle so they were not doing it, but being dark I could not tell what it could be, other than a ghost.

We all set back to the harry potter room and I decided to go alone back to the banging room. As I went in I heard a large bang and jumped a mile. I then heard a few more and started hearing little taps and clicks. I then noticed water was dripping from the roof down onto the large cylinders and boiler units. It seemed I have debunked the bangs and promptly renamed the room, “dripping room”.

We then had one finale vigil in the kitchen sections where a paintball smoke bomb seemed to come from nowhere. aka someones hand as it was conveniently pitch black when it hit a unit. Not much really happened apart from few tapping sounds down the tunnels which people said were footsteps and there was also some very faint crying sighing sounds which were a little unnerving but I cant be sure it11201828_10153374628710589_2748488312968631861_n was not someone in the group or another group down in a different section. Throughout the entire evening I also had my bell on me which also never went off once despite the fact the “ghosts” seemed to have the ability to tap and chuck things.

Finally we got to have some free time to venture into the tunnels. I decided I wanted to go deep and get lost. I did my own little call outs to apparent ghosts but with no knocks
cry’s or replies of any kind. I did however enjoy the general atmosphere and the sense of exploring the left overs of an old war bunker. Going down large tunnels round tight gaps 11889518_10153374628415589_8320765139980508627_nand through small holes in large walls to go to places far from the main group. This however soon got us quite lost and I started to wonder what was went there. I was expecting David Bowie as the Goblin King to step out and tell me I would never complete the labyrinth to reach his castle. I then came across which looked like a newly boarded up area and noticed a way round. what I found inside I was not expecting.

As I went round the right gap it opened up into a raided cannabis farm full of buckets and units that would have been used for growing. It was at this point we decided we sh
ould head back.

Thankfully dan  and Anya had a good sence of tracking back are steps to the small hole in the wall and we made are way back to harry potter room to find everyone else had packed 11222796_10153374625425589_2768289754322632884_nup and left and only a few of the Spooktacular team were there. I started to wonder if we had gotten lost I may still be wondering the dark tunnels now.

Overall I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the place and would go again. Regardless of if there are ghosts or not its a cool place to go see and you can certainly allow you own imagination to run wild and take over as I felt this happen a few times myself before I decided  to rationalise it and calm back down. I also like to say thanks to the spooktacular team as they don’t mess about and fake stuff they supply a good deal of equipment and just let the night roll.

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Alien Isolation review

Alien Isolation aka Alien 1.1 placed is set in 2137, 15 years after the events of Alien and 42 years prior to Aliens, playing as Amanda Ripley in a journey to track her mother Ellen Ripley down,

                                                                                                                                      The game starts with her team heading to the Sevastopol but shit hits the fan from the get go and you’re left to wonder round the station and figure out what’s going on and remake contact with your team.

This game was what Colonial Marines should have been. In my opinion it is like another film that I have the privilege of playing through as

the main character. It has everything about an alien film such as face huggers, the androids and of course the daunting xenomorph, which can all be picked up on the  motion scanner as small dots moving about.

The fear and unnerving feelings throughout the game kept me on edge from start to finish. Even in sections of the game where the alien was not around I could just never tell as the music was always suspenseful and the sound effects of creaking or pipes hissing kept my nerves on edge and my senses high.

Some people may criticize it for just being a run and hide game mixed with opening doors but it is so much more than that. It has a good story, tension and the use of my brain. What I mean by that is there’s times in the game where you need to figure things out or solve puzzles to get to the next place or unlock an area to get a key card for a corridor, that was not accessible before, or to use a computer to access intercom. I would say it has a slight aspect of doom 95 about it, in regards to not always knowing where to go and having to find items to get into locked areas.

This is by no means a shoot ’em up game. In fact if you do fire off your gun then you will find the alien popping out and killing you shortly after and the fact that there is no auto save and only booths to save at  here and there most of the game is spent being quite, hiding or later in the game using the flame thrower to its best making you feel like Ellen Ripley when she toasts the next in the film.

There are times when you can get a bit gung-ho when faced with the other emery’s on the ship such as there freaky crazy androids or other people on the ship out to kill all others just to stay alive. But be aware ammo is sparse and it’s sometimes better to save up just in case. However you do get a few added extra treats that you can make from items found lying around such as pipe bombs or an EMP

Overall I loved this game and it made me go and buy the Blu-ray set of the Alien films. If you’re a fan and you like Alien films and you like games such as outlast mixed with dead space then combine an alien film with all that mixture and here you have it. An amazing jumpy suspense packed game and in my opinion the best alien game I’ve ever played.

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