Parents' Guide to

Friday the 13th: The Game

By David Wolinsky, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Bloody, violent slasher series revived in shallow game.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 45 parent reviews

age 14+

Great game

Great game funnier with friends, my son plays this at 15 the game isn’t that bad but wouldn’t let a kid under 13 play. I would say a 18+ rating is a bit too high

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age 14+

Honestly it’s very bland to what some people expect it to be like

Personally if you play it with your friends/buddies the gore part is completely gone. I watch my 2 children play it a lot of the time with their friends and the reviews I’ve read on it confuse me. The gore aspect is nowhere to be seen and I honestly recommend it if your child wants a lot of fun with his/her friends

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Easy to play/use
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (45 ):
Kids say (50 ):

While still plagued with early technical flaws, this violent multiplayer game is a fun, though shallow and very primal experience. It's heavily reminiscent of a playground game of Tag, where the player who is "it" (Jason), has to find the other players. Players who aren't Jason are expected to communicate with one another via voice chat, as forming loose alliances and collaborating on tactics is the only way to assure getting out alive. Each game begins the same way: Seven non-Jason players spot him coming over the horizon and promptly run away. Players split up with a goal of either repairing a car or boat or calling the police. If they're extremely lucky and tactical, they can also try to kill Jason before he successfully stalks and kills all of them. There are only three maps, which can make this repetitious act of survival and escape seem overly familiar and occasionally lacking in suspense, but most of the fun truly comes from frantically escaping tense interactions with Jason that occur at the most inopportune times. It's entertaining, horrifying, and incredibly exciting, and the only way to get out is to work together.

But as an online multiplayer game, it's not without some of the predictable hitches that occur in games like these. Even beyond the occasional server hiccups (on console and PC) are a lot of bugs: controls can be unresponsive, which is hard to forgive in such a strategic and twitchy game. There are also weird glitches like counselors randomly floating high above Jason into the ceilings, and a few other basic issues. It would be stretching it to say these bugs pop up frequently, but like Jason, again, they seem to occur at the absolute worst times. Still, by and large, the game is a tad basic but still able to provide plenty of fun for hours on end -- a lot of it banks on who you're playing with, because otherwise there isn't much variety on offer. But if you can gather together a group of friends that enjoy a scare, it could be worth taking a trip to Crystal Lake.

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