Friday the 13th: The Game is more addictive than drugs


Friday the 13th: The Game is already one of my all-time favorite video games, but perhaps I love it just a little too much.

It has only been a few days since Gun Media and Illfonic dropped their widely-anticipated Friday the 13th: The Game. I would be remiss if I didn’t comment on the issues the game had at launch. Those playing are aware of the server issues the game has had, making it difficult at times to get into a game.

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It seems once people knew the hype was real, people bought the game up on day one by the masses. So many people were playing at once that it took a heavy toll on the servers. The good news here is that the devs are working around the clock to fix these issues, and the game is now running much more smoothly. Patches are also coming very soon to iron out the remaining kinks.

These launch hiccups have only made me realize that perhaps I’m already addicted to this game. The difficulties in getting connected and finding a new game only heightened the rush. When unable to get into a game, I found myself jonesing for that next match, eager to get just one more round for the night. Time spent away from the Xbox One only results in Jason withdrawals.

Of course, now that they’ve done a fantastic job repairing the servers, Friday the 13th is life. You pretty much have to pry me away from my controller. I’ve spent several hours with Jason every day since launch, quickly making him my new best friend. Any time I find myself with a 20 minute window of free time, you can be sure I’m heading back to Crystal Lake for another round.

My first survival surprised me just as much as Jason.

Concerning the game itself, it’s absolutely incredible. It’s the game that I have literally been waiting my entire life for. I have a fond appreciation for the 1989 version on the Nintendo, but ever since then, I’ve been wanting a proper Jason game. Gun and Illfonic not only surpassed my expectations, they blew them away. I’m impressed not only by how faithful the game is to the source material, but just how addictive the gameplay itself is.

Playing with Jason is fun as hell — hearing players fearfully shriek in their mics is very satisfying. But I still prefer playing as the counselors the best. Having Jason chase me through the woods brings back those nostalgic feelings of when Jason used to absolutely terrify me. Simply put, if you’re a hardcore Jason fan like me, there’s just no way you won’t be in love with this game.

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The digital version of this game is now available to play on Xbox One, PS4, and Steam. I’ve been relying on game invites from you guys to keep playing, so if you’re on Xbox, keep ’em coming! You can play with me on Xbox Live at slimymeteor. If you’re on the PS4, you can add my co-editor Joey Click at loomisfit. See you at Crystal Lake!