The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Game Review: Terror Returns to Texas!
The legend of the Texas Chain Saw Massacre is resurrected once again, this time in the form of an asymmetrical horror game, a digital playground where screams of terror merge with the snarls of chainsaws. Developed by Sumo Digital and Gun Interactive, “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” invites players to take on the roles of either the deranged ‘Family’ or the desperate ‘Victims,’ a choice that leads to a grisly cat-and-mouse game of survival. The very mention of “Texas Chain Saw Massacre” might send chills down the spine of horror fans, but can a game capture that essence? Does it stand shoulder to shoulder with other titles in its genre, such as “Dead by Daylight”?
Anatomy of a Massacre
Stepping into the blood-soaked world of “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” is an eerie experience. The game leverages its team-based gameplay in a 4v3 setting, allowing for a unique twist on the familiar asymmetrical horror framework. Unlike “Dead by Daylight,” where survivors mostly fend for themselves, here the Victims work closely together, using their unique skills to thwart the Family’s pursuit. The integration of characters such as Leatherface, whose sheer power shreds through obstacles, or Sissy with her poison traps, adds richness to the Family’s side, creating a more dynamic and terrifying experience.
One of the game’s triumphs is how it brings the film’s chaotic horror to life. The design of the levels, the haunting score, and the splash introduction all echo the original film’s tone. Despite the lack of AAA polish in character models, the overall presentation holds a candle to the chilling aesthetic of the franchise. The game does not merely rely on nostalgia but crafts its thrill from the ground up.
A Chainsaw Double-Edged
However, the game is not without its scars. The limited number of maps might feel restricting to some, and certain gameplay elements occasionally fall into the uncanny valley, with animations that miss the mark of human realism. Moreover, the matchmaking system, requiring every player to ‘ready’ up in a full room, is more agonizing than any chainsaw’s bite, hindering the overall enjoyment.
In contrast to games like “Dead by Daylight,” where characters often fall into repetitive play styles, “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” breaks the mold with its extensive skill tree. The freedom to respec characters and explore diverse strategies keeps the gameplay fresh, setting a new standard for adaptability in the genre. It’s also lightyears from the “Friday the 13th” game, where survivors can dosey-do around a table to avoid Jason Voorhees.
Get Ready to Start Your Chainsaws
“The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” game is a harrowing and exhilarating journey into one of horror’s most iconic landscapes. It succeeds in areas where many games falter, offering a refreshing take on teamwork and strategy while maintaining its source material’s grim atmosphere. Although plagued by minor issues and limitations, its strong sense of identity and innovation elevate it to a worthy position in the asymmetrical horror genre.
Sumo Digital and Gun Interactive’s digital rendition of the Texas Chain Saw Massacre stands as a gruesome tribute to its cinematic roots, an intense gameplay experience that will resonate with fans and newcomers alike. With more content and careful refinement, it has the potential to become a staple in the multiplayer arena.
RATING: 4.0 out of 5.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is available for PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series S/X on August 18th.