The Quarry sets the tone very quickly in the game. You will know this is your typical American cabin-in-the-woods-styled horror movie after the first few hours. It centres around a group of young horny adults who have character personalities that haven’t changed ever since the inception of such horror movies.
Somehow, no matter how shallow the setup might seem at first, deep down there seems to be a very intriguing hook to pull you in. Although you’ll have to get through the first two or three hours for the story to start getting interesting enough. After which things go sideways and then the action ramps up for veteran gamers..
The Quarry handles its action sets with quick-time events. Moving the analog stick in the prompted direction or rapidly tapping the face buttons on your joystick to wiggle past the enemy makes the interaction gameplay easy even for non-veteran gamers. There are also instances where the game prompts you to hold down a button till the timer is depleted and the intended takeaway is that the character is holding their breath till the bad folks walk away. There’s very little room for error here which makes the whole scene feel silly rather than frightening.
The story frequently switches between long dialogue scenes and action-packed scenes. All of which demand a certain amount of attention so you can make narrative-shifting choices that you feel are correct. The good thing about these choices is that they’re not padded faff. It impacts the way your story progresses and how many of your survivors manage to see the light of day. The choices themselves are not as straightforward as night and day, there’s some grey area and wiggle room which forced us to wear our thinking hat and participate in the doom and gloom of all these characters.