Multiplayer survival horror games aren’t for everyone. They can be tough in more ways than one, even if the player can stomach their gorier elements. Obviously, if a player hates everything about the premise, these games probably aren’t for them. That said, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre deserves a try even for players that normally pass on games in this genre. Its unique approach to survival horror made it a highly anticipated game, and now that it’s out, players can try it themselves. Before dismissing this great title, here are a few things to consider.
Multiplayer Survival Horror in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
When it comes to multiplayer survival horror, it’s the “survival horror” part that will rub a lot of players the wrong way. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is based on Tobe Hooper’s original film of the same name, and it doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to violence and gore. For some players that’s a dealbreaker, and that’s okay. Others, however, may be open to survival horror but are wary of giving the game a shot due to past experiences with the genre. Like Dead by Daylight and similar titles, the scare factor of TCM fades after a handful of matches. What remains is the tactical gameplay, and that’s the draw.
At first, it’s scary to hide behind a broken-down car, hoping that Leatherface doesn’t see you. Soon, however, most players will start to focus on strategy rather than their fears. Is there a way to break the front door lock without the Cook noticing? Do you have the stamina to reach the electric fence before the Hitchhiker catches you? Are you better off using that healing item for yourself or giving it to your badly injured teammate? Players who push past the game’s more horrific elements will find a deep and satisfying strategy title. That might be enough to get some hesitant players on board.
The Family That Slays Together
For many players, there’s a major weakness to almost all multiplayer survival horror games: the killer plays solo. Facing off alone against a team can be an intimidating, even stressful prospect. That keeps many horror fans from stepping into the killer role in Dead by Daylight and similar games. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre fixes that by pitting three killers against four victims. Whether you want to play a support role as the Cook or chase people with a chainsaw as Leatherface, there’s a role for you.
Good comms and teamwork make a huge difference. Even without comms, however, it’s a relief just knowing that you have two teammates helping you. Whether you’re playing with friends or as part of a random squad, you’ll always have someone else to rely on. The same is true on the victim side as well, so no matter what part of the game you want to try, it will probably be more welcoming than other titles in the genre. Gun Interactive’s game isn’t for everyone, but its quality and content demand consideration even by players who would normally skip such an experience.