“T.G.I.F the 13th”

This is a guest post by: Salmon Slammin  or @imSalmonSlammin on twitter.

Have you ever wanted to go to Camp Crystal Lake? Maybe you think it should be shut down due to the tragedy that surrounds it. Or maybe you feel drawn to the sadness there. Or the madness that has become of it. Maybe you just want to get your rocks off with a hot teen counselor. Whatever your reason might be, soon you will be able to visit Crystal Lake in the comfort and security of your own home! That’s right, Friday the 13th: The Game is set to be released on the 26th of May for Steam, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Crystal Lake

 

Boasted as “one of the most highly-anticipated horror titles of all time,” Friday the 13th: The Game is generating a lot of hype and has some massive expectations to meet. I, for one, really hope they hit the mark with this. It all started for me when I discovered Poe as a child. Terrifying myself with his stories when I should have been sleeping. Then it was the Halloween franchise. Which became a tradition for us to watch every year on Halloween. After that was Nightmare on Elm Street, and Friday the 13th. For decades, this saga has pumped adrenaline through the veins of horror fans everywhere. Never before have we been able to step into the shoes of Jason Voorhees, himself. Until now.

Friday the 13th: the game - Jason

 

Friday the 13th: The Game is a third-person horror survival game. On release, multiplayer will be the only mode option for the game, with one player taking on the role as Jason Voorhees, and the remaining players taking on roles as Camp Counselors. A single-player campaign is said to be released in Q3 of this year.

The aim of Jason is obvious: kill all the counselors. He looks to have somewhat of an advantage with superior hearing, vision, and the ability to teleport to any location. These will aid in the taunting of the other players, if you wish not to barge right in, swinging your machete in all directions. I feel like the most fun part of playing Jason will be taking your time and letting the counselors sweat it out before performing kills, “new and familiar,” suggesting that in addition to some juicy gruesome kill shots, there will be the chance to perform some of the iconic kills we’ve grown to love from the silver screen.

The aim of the counselors is probably also obvious: to survive the night. You can run and hide, every-man-for-himself style until the timer on the game-session runs out, and Jason loses, having failed to kill all the counselors within the given time-frame. Or, upon meeting certain “epic win conditions,” it is said that Jason Voorhees can be defeated. Provided all the counselors work together as a unit.

Of course, what game is complete without varying skins to collect? There will be different renditions of Jason Voorhees to unlock and play as. In addition to two brand new incarnations designed specifically for the game, never seen before. There also looks to be customization options for the counselors as well. On top of this, there appears to be build customizations with a perk system. Which will be interesting to see how balanced it turns out to be, and how many options of perks we will have. Hopefully all of them will be viable, and it doesn’t end up being a case of pick this perk if you want to win.

From the release date trailer that was uploaded last month, we get a preview of some of the gameplay. An interactive world, objects we can pick up and utilize, even drive a car. And Jason is certainly not limited to kills with his machete, either. A harpoon kill, a face in the fireplace kill, tree stump kill, bare-hands decapitation, skull crushing and more! The trailer gave me chills, and I just can’t wait to embody Voorhees and discover just how many different ways there are to kill irresponsible camp counselors at Crystal Lake.

Gun Media and Illfonic have said they have aimed to be as authentic as possible with this one, aware that horror fans everywhere are going to scrutinize their achievement. The setting will be in the mid-80’s era. When the first movies were set, and the game world is modeled from the original Camp Crystal Lake.

Crystal Lake

To build even more authenticity, they have Kane Hodder, who played Jason Voorhees in four of the Friday the 13th films, performing motion capture for the in-game Jason. They also have the great Tom Savini, who has worked on special effects for two of the Friday the 13th films, in charge of cinematography for the game. Perhaps the most authentic and atmospheric part that I, personally, am looking forward to is the soundtrack, composed by Harry Manfredini, who composed the score and soundtrack for the original, and eight of the other, Friday the 13th films. The rest of the production team looks to have more than ample experience in the field of game development and are all avid horror fans, themselves. So I’m sure we can trust they have put their heart into this project the same as any of us die-hard Voorhees fans would.

It is available now for pre-order on Steam, and I assume the same will go for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. With full controller support, it will remain to be seen if this game functions better with a controller or a keyboard-mouse setup. Built on the Unreal Engine 4, after reviewing the System Requirements, I don’t believe anyone should have difficulty running this game on a current or slightly older rig.

Here’s hoping Gun Media and Illfonic have hit the nail on the head with this game. Or, nailed a counselor in the head, as it were. I might have high expectations for Friday the 13th: The Game, and I may be let down rather hard. But I believe it is a huge name and task to live up to, and I really do hope the boys have not let us down. So far, from what I have seen, it looks fantastic.

I can’t wait to go to Camp Crystal Lake.

 

System Requirements as stated on Steam:

Minimum:

  • OS – Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
  • Processor – Intel Core i3-350 (2 * 2930), AMD Athlon II X2 270 (2 * 3400)
  • Memory – 4096 MB RAM
  • Graphics – GeForce GTX 650 TI (1024 MB), Radeon HD 7770 (1024 MB)
  • DirectX – Version 11
  • Network – Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage – 4 GB available space

Recommended:

  • OS – Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
  • Processor – Intel Core i3-3240 (2 * 3400), AMD Athlon X4 860K (4 * 4700)
  • Memory – 6144 MB RAM
  • Graphics – GeForce GTX 750 Ti (2048 MB), Radeon R9 270X (2048 MB)
  • DirectX – Version 11
  • Network – Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage – 4 GB available space

Quick Links:

Friday the 13th: The Game official website: http://f13game.com/

Steam Library page: http://store.steampowered.com/app/438740/Friday_the_13th_The_Game/

Launch Date announcement trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MQFpcWfc9c

PAX South 2017 Panel Discussion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSiqMgbWfXU

 

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