Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Game lets players take control of all the classic characters seen in the original movie. With only three characters to choose from, original movie producer Kim Henkel is working in conjunction with developer Gun Interactive to create some new characters. In all fairness, nobody really knows how extensive the Slaughter family is throughout Texas. There’s a lot more to this IP than just Leatherface. So, introducing new characters not only extends this particular world but also helps keep things fresh.
In this case, this article will focus on Sissy. Being the only female member in the Slaughter family ( so far) she comes with some rather nuanced gameplay mechanics. Not to mention that she also has a creepy aura surrounding her. In basic terms, Sissy is kind of like an “alchemist” in many ways. Her main ability is to take plants hidden throughout the map and craft poison with their ingredients. On top of that, she is also one of the most stealthy killers on the roster. Even more so than the Hitchhiker.
Needless to say, Sissy is pretty mean. She comes armed with a small knife and will use it to saw a victim’s throat open. Her ability is known as “Bane” and it can be used in a few different ways. The maps in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Game has ‘Pestle Stations‘ sporadically placed around key areas, that allow her to craft her poisons. As of right now, Sissy is the only character that can use these stations.
Generally, Sissy comes with the same movements as the victims. She can slither under crawlspaces and even hide in key places, like closets, and wait to ambush them. Her poison ability covers a wide area and can be difficult to get around. Therefore, as far as tactics are involved, using poison within indoor areas, like rooms and corridors, is recommended. Thusly, smogging key areas that hold objectives, like breakers or generators, is the best way to use this ability. Players will need to be smart with her poisoning tactics and think ahead during a match in order for it to be most effective.
As far as traversing, Sissy can’t climb over barricades like the victims can. She also can’t destroy or close off crawl spaces like the other killers, like the Cook, for example. However, she can block a passageway through her poison ability. On top of that, she also has the ability to contaminate important items throughout the map. Even though it is temporary, this tactic can really put a damper on the survivor’s ideas and force them to go elsewhere. Sissy also sings in this game. This is generally something that lets players know her whereabouts, for the most part. According to her biography, she picked up this song by hanging out with the Mason family.
So, when it comes to Sissy, her attributes run ‘neck to neck’ alongside the Hitchhiker. They both generally have the same “feel” as characters, but Sissy comes across as a little more quick on her feet. Her Savagery ranks at around +10. Which is generally about 5 points lower than the Hitchhiker. Since they both have the same weapon, it will take her a few extra hits to down a survivor player. Her Endurance, however, goes up to about +30, which is 10 points lower than the Hitchhiker. So, she can pursue survivors for a pretty lengthy period of time, but not quite as long as her brother.
Her best attribute is Harvesting. She goes up to +40 with this attribute and is a prime choice for upgrading Grandpa in no time. Slashing survivors will help Sissy store up the blood in half the time, as opposed to hunting down buckets of blood. The feature of upgrading Grandpa is an essential component of Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Game. He can highlight the survivors hiding throughout the map and assist the killers in hunting them down. Some killers are more essential to helping out Grandpa than others. In the case of Sissy, she happens to be one of the best.
Even though this is an asymmetrical survival horror game, there are some RPG elements that players can use at their discretion. Every character has a skill tree available which is tailor-made specifically for them. Through every match, players will accumulate Attribute Points, which are used to unlock perks in the skill tree. So, focusing on key features that make every character unique and enhancing it is recommended. By default, Sissy can only carry three vials of poison at the start of every match. This is no surprise, since the Hitchhiker starts with three traps and the Cook comes with three locks.
So, unlocking perks that add a new vial could go a long way. Thus, extending the time that poison can linger in the air can be beneficial in trapping survivor players. If not, then forcing them to run through a poisonous cloud will slow them down. Players won’t be allowed to jump around within the skill tree. They will need to decide on a specific path and unlock all the perks therein. So, be sure, to be honest with your playstyle and commit to how you want to build Sissy.
Sissy is one of the most flexible killers in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Game. Players can use her strictly as a trapper or, they can just go about and hunt down survivors while slashing them up. No doubt, that she is one of the sneakiest killers on the roster and she can be a lot of fun to play. Not to mention, one of the most deadly. The full version of Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Game will be available for the PlayStation, Xbox, and PC on August 18th.