Title: The Quarry
Developer: Supermassive games
Publisher: 2K games
Platforms: PS4, PS5 (reviewed on), Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, PC
Release date: June 10, 2022
Check out several lists of the best horror games and you will almost certainly find Supermassive’s game Until dawn on at least one, if not all. When it released in 2015, the graphics blew the minds of players and it was a story we really got our teeth into… Got it? Since then, Supermassive has released three episodes of the Anthology of Dark Pictures but they’ve never itched that part of our brains that much Until dawn did. With the surprising release of The Quarry and a return to one Until dawn-Type format has set the bar high and damn it The Quarry did not meet expectations. The question is what makes The Quarry work so much better than the similar games that were released before?
The QuarryThe summer release was just the perfect timing for it. At the end of summer camp, just as the last campers have left, Hackett’s Quarry counselors make their way to next season. Accompanied by camp owner Chris Hackett (David Arquette), counselors Emma (Halston Sage), Jacob (Zack Tinker), Dylan (Miles Robbins), Ryan (Justice Smith), Nick (Evan Evagora) and Kaitlyn (Brenda Song) leave to leave, but their van won’t start thanks to Jacob’s ingenious plan to get Emma back. The Counselors are left in camouflage overnight and are told by Chris to stay inside, but kids will be kids and nobody’s listening.
After sundown, all hell breaks loose when the advisors are sandwiched between creatures intent on ripping their throats and murderous hunters. Along the way players will see some familiar faces such as Lin Shaye, Lance Henricksen, Grace Zabriskie, Skylar Gisondo, Siobhan Williams, Ethan Suplee and Ted Raimi.
Immediately after launch, the graphics look much better than in previous games. There are moments when someone has a shaky eye or a hanging mouth and you’re not sure if that’s a bug in the game or someone messed up when placing motion capture sensors. While these moments are funny, they don’t impact gameplay. While there’s no running option and it still feels like the character you’re playing is running through molasses, the controls are built in The Quarry are the best you’ve ever felt. There are cinematic camera angles that add to the horror aspect of the game, but you have more control over what you see and that makes a huge difference in gameplay.
In the past, the QTEs were an absolute nightmare. I’ve mentioned in my previous reviews of these games that I’m dyslexic and during Man of Medan the QTEs were so fast I didn’t have time to process the instructions and almost every character died. One misstep and you could say goodbye to anyone, with no second chances.
With everybody Anthology of Dark Pictures Release, the controls got better as Supermassive listened to the feedback they were getting. Maybe some people will say that the game mechanics in The Quarry are too easy or that the game was holding the hands of the players. Maybe that’s true, but it was nice to get through the game with just one dead character at the end.
When a character dies, you have three options throughout the game to rewind time and do things differently to save them. In previous games, most of the characters were so unlikable that I didn’t care who lived or died, but The Quarry is a completely different animal. These characters are so much more concrete and distinct that you’ll immediately have favorites that you’ll want to make it through to the end. I wanted so badly for Kaitlyn and Dylan to make it, and luckily they made it in my playthrough. Jacob was the only one who bit the dust, but given that the whole night was kind of his fault, I just felt a little bad for him.
In past games even with Until dawn, I got really bored halfway through or before that, but the Hackett’s Quarry story was so interesting I couldn’t put it down. From the first fifteen minutes of the game, the ball kept rolling and didn’t stop until the sun came up. It might be one of the most entertaining narrative games to play right now, and that’s saying a lot considering there are some games with incredible stories.
The Quarry is better than its predecessors because of its story, its characters and its game mechanics. They all came together in a perfect blend of comedy, horror, and good old-school fun. If you want a challenge, play elden ring. But if you want fun that you can play alone or with friends, The Quarry is the game of the summer in my humble opinion. Forget the Halloween horror, summer is the new spooky season.
you can play The Quarry now on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X and PC. I cannot recommend this game enough. It’s the perfect game for a good spooky campfire story.
The Quarry (PS5) Score: 9/10
Coming straight out of left field, The Quarry surprises players with a fun and spooky story, gorgeous (if sometimes flawed) graphics, and gameplay that shows the developers are actually listening to the players. Say hello to your game of the summer.
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