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The Quarry – Zero Punctuation

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This week in Zero Punctuation, Yahtzee reviews The Quarry.

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Oh boy, another game from Supermassive “The eternal counterpoint to the aphorism ‘practice makes perfect'” Games. Between Until Dawn and the Dark Pictures Anthology, Supermassive have made great strides in the medium of choose your own adventure books, through the bold innovative technique of including the motion captured faces of the least expensive celebrities to ever set up a Cameo account. Their new game, The Quarry, is their most ambitious choose your own adventure book yet, there’s a whole three recognisable celebrities in it. Admittedly with a combined screen time of about half an hour, but I suppose after the developers cornered them at a convention they only had a limited amount of time before the bodyguards broke down the toilet door. I remember vaguely enjoying Until Dawn, I mean, for all that branching path storytelling is supposed to offer it had all the replay value of a traumatic leg amputation, but the over the top horror and the terribleness of the characters lent it a certain slasher B-movie charm. I found the Dark Pricktease Endoscopy to be one complete waste of time after another, so now perhaps understandably Supermassive have gone back to what worked and made Until Dawn 2: This Time It’s In A Haunted Quarry.


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Yahtzee is the Escapist’s longest standing talent, having been writing and producing its award winning flagship series, Zero Punctuation, since 2007. Before that he had a smattering of writing credits on various sites and print magazines, and has almost two decades of experience in game journalism as well as a lifelong interest in video games as an artistic medium, especially narrative-focused. He also has a foot in solo game development - he was a big figure in the indie adventure game scene in the early 2000s - and writes novels. He has six novels published at time of writing with a seventh on the way, all in the genres of comedic sci-fi and urban fantasy. He was born in the UK, emigrated to Australia in 2003, and emigrated again to California in 2016, where he lives with his wife and daughters. His hobbies include walking the dog and emigrating to places.