Horror fans rejoiced when the announcement was made that Friday The 13th: The Game was finally going to happen. After a successful crowdfunding campaign and a protracted development period, the game was finally released via download for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on May 26, 2017. However, after all the anticipation, many players were left less than happy with the various glitches and matchmaking issues version 1.0 faced.
As it is a multiplayer game, you must compete for survival with other players from across the world. But upon its initial release, players were waiting upwards of 30 minutes or more to join a game. This has since been fixed and players are now connecting within a couple of minutes; just one of many improvements made to make the game more enjoyable post-release.
Further Patches Required
Another big issue for players involved betrayal. As a counselor, you can alert Jason to the presence of others as well as take them out yourself. It is a survival game, so "selling other players out" is common, but there is now a harsh penalty for anyone other than Jason killing another counselor. Your XP for the round will now be diminished if you "betray" or murder a fellow player. The penalty was originally a loss of 200 points but has since been upped to the loss of 1,000.
Many do not like playing with others as cheating and slow connections have been hindering their experience, so there is naturally high demand for a story mode. The creators have assured players that a single-player mode is on its way. So if you don't like playing online with strangers or hosting a private match, there will soon be another option.
The developers at Gun Media are working feverishly to make inter-network gaming possible. Stuck on PS4 while all your friends play Xbox One? Cross platform compatibility may soon make that a struggle of the past.
A Retro Jason skin has also been added from Part III, allowing you to play as the purple version of Jason from the NES game (without the pixels). It even plays the classic Friday the 13th game music when Jason is near you.
The game as a whole has seemed to satisfy players, but there are a few additions that could be made to make the game even better. Here are my top picks for playable characters I'd like to see in a future update.
Alice - Friday the 13th
Alice was the original "final girl" of the franchise and the one to stop Pamela Voorhees.
Pamela Voorhees - Friday the 13th
Pamela is seen in the game, as a mummified head and sweater, but it would be kind of awesome to play as mama Voorhees, the one who started it all.
Ginny - Part II
The first to face off against Jason as an adult as well as use Pamela's sweater to defeat him, Ginny is smart and a real fan favorite.
Tommy Jarvis - The Final Chapter
Yes, Tommy Jarvis is already a part of the game. Once a character meets their demise, one of them (usually the first to die) may respawn as Jarvis if he was contacted via the radio. Tommy from Jason Lives is used, but it would be a fun option to play as the original Tommy from The Final Chapter, the one that was smart enough to appear as a young Jason.
Tina - The New Blood
Tina was the only character that consistently presented a thorn in Jason's side. Oh, and she could move things with her mind. So along with Tommy Jarvis, a second player should be able to respawn as Tina to give the counselors a real shot at making it out alive.
Uber Jason - Jason X
Every other Jason is available in the game, from Part II to Jason Goes to Hell as well as a Tom Savini special Jason and Retro Jason, but the metal mask wearing uber Jason is nowhere to be seen. Jason X is not a huge fan favorite, but uber Jason would still be a fun option to have.
2009 Reboot Jason
Just like Uber Jason, the reboot Jason was left out. He has already gotten a video game appearance in Mortal Kombat X, but it would be nice to have all of the designs to choose from when selecting which Jason you would like to play as.
What would you like to see added to Friday the 13th: The Game?