The Thing is a 2002 third-person shooter psychological horror video game.
I remember finding this game in a game store that was having a sale on (I could never afford brand new games), as I was flicking through the sale section I saw this and immediately grabbed at it.
In all honesty I never even knew this game existed, I was in absolute shock, how had I not known about this?! It didn’t matter anyway as I was buying this even if it did take most of my budget, I had to have this and I couldn’t wait to get home and play this.
The next few days were a blur for me, it was a mixture of severe eye strain, bad thumb cramp, a ton of caffeine and sleep deprivation. I was hooked and that was a big surprise as I’m not one to play a game for hours like this.
In the game you play as ‘Captain Blake’, a member of a U.S. Special Forces team sent to the Antarctic outpost to determine what has happened to the research team, I loved the fact it was a continuation of the film, even John Carpenter endorsed the game.
I was engrossed in this world of monsters and I remember really feeling the tension and jumping quite a bit as the game went on, it really was well laid out and it felt like you were an extended part of the movie.
What you have to remember that back then gaming was different to what it is now, the graphics weren’t exactly great and the gameplay wasn’t as smooth but still, what a game this was, I’m surprised it wasn’t more popular.
Unfortunately for me I never got to actually finish this game, I had the Playstation 2 version and sadly my console decided to stop working and I couldn’t afford to get it fixed so I never did see the final result.
I see a lot of games getting remade and rebooted for today’s audiences and I think this would go down well with today’s audiences, the film is still as popular as ever as is gaming, especially Horror games.
It’s been 15 years since the game’s release, sure it’s not aged well but the concept was amazing and as someone who finds it hard to get into a game, this one had all of my attention. I still think it’s a highly under rated game and deserves more praise than it got.