Uncovering the Horror of ‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ in GameSpot’s Thrilling Review
The summer of 1974 saw the release of one of the most iconic horror films of all time: Tobe Hooper’s mind-blowing masterpiece The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Featuring a near-flawless ensemble performance and a thrillingly suspenseful, nightmarish aesthetic, the movie has become an icon of the horror genre, and it’s consistently ranked among the best horror films ever made. No wonder then that when GameSpot released their review for the movie-to-game adaptation of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre back in 2003, it was one of immense anticipation and excitement.
The review in question hailed the game as a “gleefully gory experience and a faithful adaptation of the classic horror movie classic”, high praise indeed! Reviews at the time were truly glowing, with GameSpot describing the game’s “gruesomely detailed” graphics, “unnervingly faithful” atmosphere, and “creepily effective music and sound effects”.
Now more than 17 years later, it’s worth looking back and seeing what made The Texas Chain Saw Massacre so well-received. GameSpot’s review highlighted the brutally violent action as one of the game’s greatest strengths, noting that the first-person perspective “puts you right in the middle of the action’s intensity”. For fans of the movie, the review detailed how many of the film’s famous scenes were faithfully recreated in the game with killer suspense and dread.
The review also gave praise to the game’s use of mechanics and graphics. It called the game’s lighting and shadows “astonishing” and noted that the developers had done a great job of making everything feel true-to-life. Gameplay, the review said, felt smooth and responsive, while the combat-style battle system kept with the movie’s theme of ”brutal violence and uncomfortable terror”.
The GameSpot review of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre was, and still is, a masterful write-up. As fans of horror movies, we can only hope that we get more games of this calibre in the future. Until then, at least we can go back and read reviews like this one to see how horror games are not only worthwhile experiences, but also a unique way to experience some of our favourite horror movies.