Friday the 13th Game Review: 10 Important Things You Should Know Before Buying

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Why do they keep coming to this camp?!?!?!

We all know that iconic hockey mask from our nightmares as children. Well, guess what? Jason Voorhees is back at Camp Crystal Lake, and he's as hungry for blood as ever. Why the stupid teen counselors continue to go to this camp is beyond me, but wherever there are teens skinny dipping inthe camp's lake, Jason will be lurking. Making his move.

What is Friday the 13th: The Game?

Jason is out to get you! Can you survive?

Friday the 13h: The Game is a third person, survival horror video game based on the movie franchise that had us all wondering if we had the intelligence, skill, and bravery to survive. Now is your time to find out for sure! It allows players to make their way through a semi- open world to escape or kill Jason. Play as either a counselor or Jason, and get ready for the blood and gore! The game is available on Xbox One, PS4, and PC.  

Gameplay – How it Works

It's Friday the 13th at Camp Crystal Lake

The first thing to do is decide whether you are going to play as Jason or a counselor. Do you want to test your survival skills while anxiously hiding from the terrifying serial killer? Or are you feeling violent and predatory? As Jason, hunt your victims, teleport to their location, and destroy! As counselors, hide, find ways to slow Jason down, and repair items to make it to safety.

The campaign has not been released yet, but for people who want to play single player, this will come out in the third quarter of 2017.  

How Does Multiplayer Work

You and your fellow counselors need to work together to survive!

In multiplayer, as many as seven counselors will be hiding, working together, and creating a plan to survive the murderous wrath of the one player playing Jason. Seven on one might not seem completely fair, but Jason's rage, teleporting abilities, and superhuman fear detector actually grant him the edge.

This makes it difficult for the counselors to compose themselves. Counselors can escape by repairing a phone booth to call the police or either an abandoned car or an abandoned boat to ride to safety. If you're like me, you don't want to run away. You will want to kill the son of the bitch that's been terrorizing the camp for the last, what, thirty-seven years? Luckily, there's also an option to kill the ugly bastard. Don't think it will be easy, though!

There are two options for multiplayer play: Quick Match and Private Match. QuickMatch will connect you with random other horror nerds. Private Match allows friends to play together and see who in the bunch is the first to fall victim to Jason's rampage. Good luck agreeing on who gets to play Jason, though.  

Are the servers good ?

Not every game can be perfect...

As with all games, there have been some reported issues. When first released, the servers were not ready to handle the large demand. Generally speaking, the PC version has proved the most reliable.

When servers are down, you may get a database login failure. It kind of sucks, because, obviously, that means you can't play. Jason just stares at you and mocks you behind his hockey mask just asking you to murder him, but you can't. No matter what anyone says, resetting the game isn't going to help until the servers are back up. Keep an eye on any issues and updates on said issues by following the game on Twitter and Facebook!

Players have reported not getting the deserved experience from completing goals. No one wants to work toward something and not get the appropriate reward. If you notice this, don't worry too much, though. With a little patience, your experience and perks will return.

One of the more annoying hiccups to develop from server problems is not being able to connect to a Quick Match. Private Matches are less problematic, but, frankly, I don't have that many friends. Plus, my friends suck,and I don't want to play with them. Most frustrating error in my humble opinion.

Minimum and Recommended Specs

Playing on PC can be the best option, IF your computer meets the specs!

If you are playing on your PC, be aware of the minimum and recommended specs to play the game properly.

Friday the 13th the game requirements:

  • Operating System: Windows 7, 8, or 10
  • Storage: 4 GB
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • High speed internet connection
  • Minimum processor: Intel Core i3-530 (2 x 2930) or AMD Athlon II X2 270 (2 x 3400) Recommended processor: Intel Core i3-3240 (2 x 3400) or AMD Athlon X4 860K (4 x 3700)
  • Minimum graphics card: GeForce GTX 650 Ti (1024 MB) or Radeon HD 7770 (1024 MB)
  • Recommended graphics card: GeForce GTX 750 Ti (2048 MB) or Radeon R9 270X (2048 MB)
  • Minimum RAM: 4096 MB
  • Recommended RAM: 6144 MB RAM
  • Minimum RAM: 4096 MB
  • Recommended RAM: 6144 MB

Ensure that you meet at least the minimum requirements before playing. It's important that the game works properly. Your life is on the line!

Similar Games

It's an expensive addiction, but a super fun one!

If this is your kind of game, the fun doesn't just end with Friday the 13th: The Game. Other asymetrical horror survival games include:

  • Dead by Daylight
  • Last Year

If you don't mind venturing from the exact same asymetrical survival gameplay, more horror games include:

  • Visage
  • Agony
  • Ghost Theory
  • The Hum: Abductions

Kickstarter Campaign

Made for the fans and paid for by the fans

 You may know that creators used a Kickstarter campaign to fund the development of this game. 12,218 supporters helped raise $823,704 out of a $700,000 goal. The support from the fans demonstrates how important this game is to the horror and video game community. This game was one of the top 125 most successful crowdsourcing projects of all time.

Contribution to the Franchise 

Like Jason, Friday the 13th will never die

As a big fan of the Jason Vorhees movies, I had high expectations. I didn't expect for the game to be sincerely scary, but the game effectively brings the anxiety and fear of the counselors to the video game world.

Every character resembles a specific teen stereotype that has been featured in the movies (“the flirt”, “the jock”, “the nerd” etc...). As one of the original teen slasher movies, we know these characters all too well.

Some kills mimic scenes from the movies. I frankly don't care if the perks can be used more strategically in gameplay, it is so much fun to use them to buy different kills and watch the counselors die in the most fun and gruesome ways.

To keep things as authentic as possible, the soundtrack was created by the same man who made the soundtrack for the beloved movie (Harry Manfredini). Even better, Thom Matthews returns for his role as Tommy Jarvis. Finally, Kane Hodder, Jason himself, revives his famous character to remind us why we used to hide under the covers during summer camp.

Reception

It's made people scream in fear, excitement, and frustration

Friday the 13th: The Game has a 7/10 rating on Steam. Most negative ratings mostly revolve around the server issues that occurred when the game first hit the market. Most of those issues have been resolved, but not all of them. It does throw a wrench into the fun when you can't play properly, and customers are paying $40 to play the game. Let them play it without constant problems! Despite those valid concerns, most people agree that the game is a good time. The murder scenes, humor, and intene game play are ultimately worth a little patience while creators continue to perfect the experience. The game play while playing as Jason has been especially highly praised.

Price and how to order

Available now!

Buy Friday the 13th: The Game on Steam for $39.99. Get it for the same price through the Playstation store and the Microsoft store. Now get ready to invoke your inner killer or your inner hero.  

 

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