A Summer Horror Game
The Quarry is an interactive drama horror video game developed by Supermassive Games and published by 2K Games. Players assume control of nine teenage counselors who must survive their last night at Hackett’s Quarry summer camp amongst supernatural creatures and violent locals. This game was also made by the same studio behind Until Dawn and the Dark Pictures Anthology.
I adored this game. Already being a fan of the Dark Pictures Anthology, I was very excited to play this game upon release. It delivers on every level and is much deeper than I thought it would be. I thought that the themes presented were handled in a familiar, but relatable way. I am a big fan of this studio’s writing and the way that they present their ideas and that shines in this entry. The gameplay is solid, the sets and set pieces are immersive, the lore is expansive and compelling, the characters are all interesting, and there are some very cool plot twists along the way.
There is not much difference in what The Quarry does gameplay wise to its predecessors. The controls are largely the same, there are still collectibles, you can still see different paths, you can make different choices, there are of course still many quick time events. The quick time events have never been more stressful, The Quarry really keeps the player on their toes. I really also like the way that your decisions are visually displayed through the paths.
The voice acting is all very well done. Notably, David Arquette, Brenda Song, Miles Robbins, and Ted Raimi give outstanding performances.
The story and setting very much pay homage to 80’s summertime horror such as Sleepaway Camp, and Friday the 13th. Due to this, this game most definitely has a slasher feel to it. The atmosphere and choices the player must make are very well complimented by Hackett’s Quarry summer camp. I enjoyed spending time in the camp, it is quite expansive.
I love that your choices feel like and do actually carry so much weight. That is what aids the storytelling very well. I am also such a fan of the idea that decisions you make early on can affect the outcomes and endings that you get. During my first few hours, I questioned every single choice I made. That’s where The Quarry shines. The choose your own adventure aspect of these games is extremely unique and is such an engaging way to tell a story.
On a base PlayStation 4, I did encounter some minor bugs and glitches. Nothing game breaking, but textures would glitch, take extra time to load in, dialogue would either be completely cut or repeat, and loading screens were very slow at times. Unfortunately, I had these exact same issues playing the Dark Pictures Anthology, so these seem to be recurring bugs that this studio keeps presenting.
Admittedly, I was a little lukewarm on the supernatural aspect. I think that Until Dawn’s overall approach was stronger, but The Quarry presents everything more cohesively and ties the supernatural aspect into the overall story much better. The game could have worked without but it helps tie the overall picture together.
I think this is a perfect horror story for the Summertime. It captures Summer camp and an essence of being carefree perfectly, minus all the dark parts. I also laughed out loud multiple times at a good amount of dialogue that I heard in my play through.
Another thing that I really appreciate is the death rewind feature, seeing the outcomes of everyone living and dying, the director’s cut, and the multiplayer modes. These features all enhance the player’s experience and are something out of the norm as well as making replayability high. I like that Supermassive games chooses to include different ways to experience their games.
All in all, I loved this game. I would recommend it if you like horror games that are decision making based homages to teenage 80’s Summer camp slasher type stories.
The Quarry (2022) Official 2K Trailer