PS4 • Xbox One • PC 6 » Concept Slash, stab, and strangle your way through a camp full of doomed teenage counselors – or escape Jason Voorhees’ lethal grasp as one of his intended victims » Graphics Jason is as frightful and imposing as he should be. The exaggerated facial expressions of the counselors and myriad graphical glitches are a different kind of horrific The background music builds tension, but it can also distract from the iconic audio cues meant to alert you when Jason is approaching » Sound Virtually all aspects of the controls and interactions are clumsy, but not enough to ruin the experience The cat-and-mouse gameplay is exciting and captures classic horror-movie moments – when the game actually works, which isn’t often enough » Playability Friday The 13th A killer formula suffering massive casualties Style 2 to 8-Player Online Action Publisher Gun Media Developer IllFonic Release May 26 Rating M » Entertainment F » Replay Value Moderately high ew games are harder to design and implement than those focused on competitive multiplayer. Developers must contend with all of the normal trials and tribulations, but they also have a host of multiplayer-specific headaches to worry about, including online infra-structures, gameplay balancing, thwart-ing would-be cheaters, and managing player retention. From a player’s per-spective, Friday the 13th succeeds at its first and most important goal: creating a fun and unique multiplayer experi-ence that does justice to the storied film series and its infamous villain. However, the terrifying list of problems that accompanies the action kills much of the excitement and threatens the game’s long-term outlook. Friday the 13th’s story is as threadbare as the films it’s based on. Each one-versus-seven multiplayer match starts with a clip of the same unlucky chump getting stabbed in the back by Jason, reviews causing the rest of the counselors to scatter. You control one of those coun-selors in most matches; after spawning in at a random spot on the map, you’re on your own to either find a way to escape or wait out the match’s lengthy 20-minute limit as another player ram-pages as Jason. On rare occasions, you don the iconic hockey mask (or canvas sack, depending on the version of Jason you select), and set out to kill everyone else in the most brutal ways possible.