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Can you survive another night at Hackett’s Quarry summer camp?

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The summer season is synonymous with a holiday camp. When I was young, I used to go there every summer and once I was also a consultant. Either way, it’s nothing compared to what the Hackett’s Quarry camp counselors experienced in survival game The Quarry … and it’s a bit of their fault.

Game copy courtesy of 2K Games; images by Melanie Boutin-Chartier
Played on PlayStation 5 for review

A night in the forest that turns into a nightmare

The Quarry recounts the misfortune of nine camp councilors on their last day of vacation. As they prepare to drive home, a car breakdown forces them to spend one last night at Hackett’s Quarry camp. The hunt began that very night and none of them foresaw what it would cause.

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A quality distribution

In these types of games, we are introduced to characters with unique personalities so that we can get attached to some of them while others might get on our nerves. This is the case here. Kaitlyn seems to be the most knowledgeable of the bunch, Emma is the “born influencer” and Abigail is shy and a bit geeky. Among the guys, there is Nick who has a crush on Abby, Dylan who gets a little too much on, Ryan who plays a bit of spoilsport, and I admit I found Jacob rather “flashy”. Finally, Laura and Max are the only couple who have come together and I believed in their deep love for each other. In short, stereotypes are in the game!

The cast includes famous actors. The instructors are definitely young people now. For my part, I enjoyed the work of David Arquette (Chris Hackett), Ted Raimi (Travis), Ethan Suplee (Bobby), Lin Shaye (Constance), Lance Henriksen (Jed) and Grace Zabriskie (Eliza). They all look the same physically in the game, adding a more compelling immersion layer.

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Supermassive Games refines its cinematic art …

In the games of Supermassive Games, we embark on a highly cinematic adventure. The quality of the shots and animations strongly suggest that we are taking part in an interactive film. In The Quarry, it’s even more obvious. The movement of the characters is believable and well executed. In the foreground, I can see that it is a game, but from a distance the cinematic scenes pass almost as if they are real.

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… To the detriment of the scenario

Where it hurts with The Quarry is in the script. The writers take conventional ideas and confuse them a bit. However, everything is predictable. I had no real surprises as to how the adventure unfolded until the end. However, I enjoyed it there. I embarked on this light horror story tinged with supernatural elements. The atmosphere is very “teen movie” even with his music, whose well-known songs are installed in key places.

Obviously the decisions we make will have consequences on some scenes and on the relationship that develops between the characters of the game, but they don’t have a real impact. Despite a different reaction depending on our attitude towards a question, we return rather quickly to the main path. It doesn’t matter if you’re hiding from a hunter or running to save yourself, the next action is decided in advance.

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Simple mechanics, close to the interactive film

However, some mechanics are interesting, especially on PS5. When we hide, we hold our breath so as not to attract the enemy’s attention. To do this, we press X. For as long as we are in this position, we hear the heartbeat via the Dualsense haptic feedback. Once the risk has passed, the beating stops. It is therefore easy to know when to get some fresh air. The joystick is also used for the shotgun, which will offer resistance on the right trigger when you need to fire a shot. Otherwise, most of the interactive moments are dedicated to the choices to be made and to some “quick time events” to succeed with the analog stick performed at the right time.

Of the nine animators, we will try to keep as many alive as possible … or not. To help us, The Quarry offers us possibilities. In fact, we have three “lives”, or rather the possibility of remaking a fatal scene to change its outcome and prevent a friend of ours from dying. Once exhausted, we continue the story by keeping our deceased as they are. On my first try, I finished the game with six of them alive. Not bad anyway, but one bad choice ended up losing two at once. It makes you want to start over to be able to save everyone, but you have to take into account that now you know the whole story. Replaying the game will therefore be a little less exciting.

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Three ways to enjoy the adventure of The Quarry

In its games, Supermassive Games allows players to enjoy the adventure alone, but also with friends in cooperative mode. On the same sofa, up to eight players will lend each other the joystick to control each character in the game. I find this idea brilliant, because it’s the kind of game we want our friends to discover. It’s a story for teenagers and young adults, and it’s a lot of the kind of thing I would have done at that age. For those interested, we are promised online co-op play around July 8th.

The third way to play it is to start the cinema mode. This simply starts the game, with default choices. As if we were watching a movie, we sit and eat popcorn while we watch the young people trying to survive in this inhospitable forest. While The Quarry isn’t difficult per se, that’s not what I’d privilege. But there is something for everyone, right?

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