With Friday the 13th yesterday, I figured it would be interesting to check out a game with the same name. And yes, it is based on the good, old horror flicks with Jason. Several years ago a game called Slasher Vol. 1: summer camp was a massive hit on kick starter and became the game Friday the 13th by requiring the license. Everything seemed to be going the right way for Friday the 13th: the game; the trailers, the promises and based on a well loved 80’s horror movie.
However, when the game was launched it was riddled with bugs and the servers had a lot of issues. As many online games will attest for, a bad launch can sometimes be the absolute end for any game. Slowly the developers have patched the game up and it seems to be a lot more playable.
Those were words of warning I read when I purchased it from Steam. I love Dead by Daylight and this seemed like something similar enough, but with a nice nod to a great horror-movie. I was pre warned by the comments on steam, regarding the bugs and the community playing this game.
So in I went.
the world, by far. You really feel like you’re in a Friday the 13th movie. I had a lot of fun running around as a councilor and hiding when I heard the scary music (an indication that Jason is close by). Matches can take a bit of time and I enjoyed trying to find all the items we needed to get the car started to escape the camp site. It actually requires you to work as a team, which I enjoyed. There was a big sense of accomplishment when I was still running around when all of a sudden a car came on my path and stopped to let me in. These were my fellow survivors, who fixed the car, found me and we all drove out of the campsite into safety. Winning the game.
Playing as Jason is random. You can’t pick your role like in Dead by Daylight. You are either a murderer or a survivor randomly and I absolutely hated playing Jason. I know some people enjoy playing as him, but for me, his controls were sluggish and difficult. I didn’t enjoy one bit of it.
Luckily, there is a mode now where you can play offline as Jason. This will give you enough chances to get to grips with Jason’s play style, while dealing with AI camp councillors. So at least all is not lost.
There are still crashes, connection timeouts and more annoying issues with the game. it’s not as bad as it was, but still can become super annoying to any player.
The game also looks quite cheaply made when it comes to the graphics. Yes, it’s an indie game and I’m not expecting super graphics, but some faces of the councillors looks really………. Weird.
The community… well what can I say. I am not always a fan of the online communities out there, but I did encounter some equally lovely people as horrible ones. I guess that’s just part of dealing with online games. You can always turn of voice chat to not have to deal with it, but I think this game is best played with a group of friends.
If you like games like Dead by Daylight and you love horror movies, give this game a try. However, I would not get it for the full price! Try and wait for 50% discount at least and turn of voice chat immediately…. Ow and get some friends to play with.
If you want to check out the game, then find the website here.