For me, the best part of the horror experience is talking (or yelling) at the screen. I have a blast chiding characters for careless mistakes and getting on my soapbox to preach about how I would do things differently.
If you’re like me, then you will love how The Quarry expertly blurs the lines between audience and participant. It was developed by Supermassive Games and distributed by 2K Games. Supermassive Games is well known for their choose-your-own-adventure style games, including the critically acclaimed hit Until Dawn as well as their Dark Pictures Anthology. The studio brings us another horror survival game that challenges you to keep as many of its characters alive until the end.
The Quarry is both a nerve-racking horror movie you’ll want to watch through your fingers and an opportunity to see if your unsolicited advice on survival is actually worth a damn. The game gives several nods to the iconic 80’s horror films that came before it, and is a welcome addition to the teen horror genre. The setting is a picturesque homage to Friday the 13th, and with the deluxe edition you can even play up the 80’s vibe with rad outfits and an 80’s horror camera filter. The sharp and witty dialogue is laced with meta jokes reminiscent of Scream.
Our story begins with couple Laura (Siobhan Williams) and Max (Skyler Gisondo) heading to Hackett’s Quarry Summer Camp one night early. Along the way, something—or someone—runs them off the road. They are soon discovered by the Sheriff (Ted Raimi, Horror Icon™ ), who urges them to spend the rest of the night in a motel instead. The couple dismisses the “creep ass cop” and go to the camp anyway, only to be attacked by another unknown creature and disappear for the rest of the summer.
We then fast forward to the last day of camp for the rest of our counselors. Mr. Chris Hackett, played by Veteran Horror Actor™ David Arquette, is desperate to send them on their way as soon as possible. However, lovesick Jacob (Zach Tinker) hatches a plan to delay their departure in a misguided attempt to extend his summer fling with Emma (Halston Sage). He decides to make his lack of boundaries and limited grasp on consent everyone’s problem by tampering with the van, leaving them all stranded for at least one more night.
If there weren’t dangers lurking in the surrounding forest, another night together would also have been opportune for a few other budding romances. Abigail (Ariel Winter) and Nick (Evan Evagora) are finally ready to act upon their mutual crush, while Kaitlyn (Brenda Song) and Dylan (Miles Robbins) are both pining for the cool and level-headed Ryan (Justice Smith).
Mr. Hackett, a father of two, decides that the best course of action is to give the group of horny teenagers a lukewarm warning to stay indoors and leave them unsupervised. Shockingly, the group decides to celebrate the end of summer with a bonfire instead. This wouldn’t be great horror without plucky yet foolhardy protagonists making even more terrible decisions, and soon the group is forced to split up after a messy game of Truth or Dare.
Light spoilers ahead!
All of the counselors have depth and complexity which is rarely seen in teen horror. We spend more time with some counselors than others, but each feels integral to the story. The game is separated into ten chapters, with each chapter having the potential to be more chaotic and bloodier than the last. The horror intensifies at a fast clip after Nick and Abigail are attacked by a “bear” in the woods. From there, it’s up to the group to gather clues and evidence to learn more about the Hackett family’s connection to the creatures stalking them in the quarry.
The choices presented to the player give more insight into each character and shape who they become by the end of the night (if they make it that far). The game is great for players of all skill levels, or players who prefer a story-driven game. I played in both single-player and couch co-op modes, and they were equally engaging and suspenseful. The choices you make and the items you interact with determine how the story unfolds, and simple quick time events are scattered throughout the game. For couch co-op, I tried not to influence my partner’s choices, and I can only imagine the delightful chaos possible when you’re playing with a full party.
Despite ample warnings from the game’s tutorial videos, I was still surprised at how such seemingly minor choices changed the story’s direction in major ways. I was so disappointed in the ending of my first playthrough that I decided to replay the last chapter, only to discover that the choices I had made in Chapter 2 determined my ending. The ripple effect of choices heightens the game’s suspense because any choice you make may have an outcome you wouldn’t even anticipate. While this feature is incredibly stressful, it also increases the game’s replay value. The Quarry boasts over 180 unique endings, and each replay of the night’s terror will feel as fresh and frantic as the last.
I found the second act of the game to be somewhat thin. A few plotlines that felt necessary to the overall story are also left unexplored based on your path, giving me cutscenes and dialogue that didn’t apply to my playthrough. Since your choices and the clues you’ve collected determine the story, there are times when some conversations and cutscenes feel out of place. A couple of the subplots also felt forced and nonsensical, while the other more hopeful ones were outright abandoned. The budding queer romance between Dylan and Ryan was the biggest letdown. From what I can tell, there is no payoff or resolution to their storyline, so whatever chemistry and tension you chart out for them feels fruitless by the game’s conclusion.
The characters’ movements can sometimes feel clunky, and my game glitched several times. Sometimes the character I was playing would get stuck in corners or on stairs, and I got the infamous glitch on Laura’s hair. My Death Rewind option also wasn’t available even though I had been playing the deluxe edition. The latter issue pretty much torpedoed my chances of obtaining the coveted Rough Night trophy in my first playthrough (admittedly a high bar), which is only earned if all of your counselors live to fight another day.
Although I was peeved that I could not save everyone, the carnage was brutally fantastic. The monster transformation is an absurd, bloody mess that delighted me to no end. The kills are grisly and devastatingly detailed, which will definitely slake any gore fan’s bloodlust.
Overall, I greatly enjoyed The Quarry because it offers all the camp, gore, and fervent energy of an 80’s horror movie. It’s a fun, stylish, and bloody horror that seamlessly blends the best elements of the creature feature, ghost story, and slasher subgenres. The pretty wacky tale is played perfectly by its star-studded cast, and you’ll find yourself visiting Hackett’s Quarry repeatedly to determine how the counselors’ last night together unfolds.
“What’s Your Favorite Scary Movie?” Scream The Game GIVEAWAY
Are you a die-hard fan of the iconic Scream franchise? Do you know every detail about Ghostface, Sidney Prescott, and the events in Woodsboro? Now that Scream 7 has officially landed its director (Christopher Landon), and Funko Games has released their Scream game we’ve decided to do a small giveaway.
Are you a die-hard fan of the iconic Scream franchise? Do you know every detail about Ghostface, Sidney Prescott, and the events in Woodsboro?
Now that Scream 7 has officially landed its director (Christopher Landon), and Funko Games has released their Scream game we’ve decided to do a small giveaway.
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Starting August 4th we’ll be giving away two copies of Funko’s Scream The Game… With some extras…
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Everything You Need to Know About ‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ Game
The 1974 classic is coming back swinging in a new way. Here’s what players should expect ahead of the game’s release!
The recent death sentence for Friday the 13th: The Game still wears on horror fans’ shoulders, but a new slasher legend is coming to pick up the slack. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is the latest fresh meat in the co-op, player-versus-player gaming subgenre, joining the likes of tried-and-true Dead by Daylight and becoming the third piece of media in the TCM franchise to share the original film’s name.
Want a crash course on The Texas Chain Saw Massacre? We have you covered!
An Assortment of Playable Victims
TCM is a multiplayer combat game following a group of college students who end up in a life-or-death chase against the now-called Slaughter family. Players can choose to be a victim (one of five characters original to the game) or a killer protecting the Slaughter’s farm. The gameplay itself will be an asymmetrical experience, with three killers pitted against four victims in every round.
The victim characters are grounded not only in classic horror archetypes and gameplay styles but also a narrative plucked straight from the fields of ‘70s Texas. Maria, a burgeoning art student ready to break away from her rural upbringing and attend university, goes missing during sunflower season in the Lone Star State. Her sister, Ana, and her friends Leland, Sunny, Julie, and Connie, head out to bring Maria home, dissatisfied by the fruitless efforts of local police.
Returning Killers, Plus Two New Family Members
On the other side of the fence, the Slaughter family features Leatherface, the Cook, and the Hitchhiker, along with two new family members named Sissy and Johnny. Sissy embodies a cult-obsessed ‘60s chick gone bad, while Johnny is a handsome, serial killer-inspired misfit. Even Leatherface’s beloved chainsaw was treated as a member of the family by developers, designed to evoke the sinister foreboding edge that comes with the TCM name.
Despite their unfamiliarity to fans, these new Slaughter siblings come straight from the brain of Kim Henkel, the co-writer of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), along with Tobe Hooper. This authenticity is at the heart of the game. Wes Keltner, President and CEO of Gun Interactive, said it best: “If you don’t have that voice in the mix, something’s missing.”
An Authentically Licensed Texas Chain Saw Massacre Experience
It’s important to note that Gun Interactive only scored licensing rights to the 1974 film, so gamers shouldn’t expect cameos from Chop Top, Stretch, or anyone else from the rest of the franchise. Even so, this roster is impressive on its own, featuring the legendary Kane Hodder as Leatherface (and stunt coordinator) and Edwin Neal reprising his role as the Hitchhiker from the original. Check out some fun behind-the-scenes of the cast killing each other in motion capture suits here.
Whether you have played Dead by Daylight since 2016 or love the thrilling discomfort of the TCM films, this new installment to the franchise seems worth checking out.
See if you can make it out of the Slaughter house alive!
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre will be released on August 18 for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One, along with Xbox Game Pass for console and PC. Score it for $39.99 at launch or get 10% off on Steam if you preorder.