Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Voorhees a Jolly Bad Fellow

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Voorhees a Jolly Bad Fellow

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GAME ON With Cheryl Mullin HORROR ICON JASON GETS THAT FRIDAY THE 13TH FEELING ON SWITCH FRIDAY THE 13th: THE GAME ULTIMATE SLASHER EDITION (PEGI 18) SWITCH HHH HH

THERE are still more than 70 days to go until we reach the delights of Halloween, but that doesn't mean we can't prematurely indulge our darker side.

Friday the 13th as a superstition has been around for centuries, but it took a decidedly bloody turn in 1980 with the arrival of Jason Voorhees and his hockey mask.

Fast forward 39 years, and Jason has become a horror icon - and I don't use that word lightly.

The antagonist has spawned several movies - of varying quality - and a few games.

Friday the 13th: The Game is the latest of those releases, starting life as a kickstarter project called Slasher Vol. 1: Summer Camp in 2015.

While PlayStation and Xbox owners have been able to run for their lives for a while now, Switch players can now take their chances against the lumbering killing machine.

This third-person horror survival is an asymmetrical multiplayer game, which allows you and up to six other players to take their chances down at Camp Crystal Lake.

While six of you play as camp counsellors, the seventh plays as masked maniac Voorhees, whose job it is to hunt down and dispatch the rest.

There's a solid enough game here, that's been tweaked and refined quite a bit since its initial 2017 release.

Its semi-open world map lovingly recreates a variety of locations in and around Camp Crystal Lake down to the tiniest detail.

How you choose to play the game dictates how much fun you have.

You can choose to valiantly take on Voorhees all by yourself, although in my experience the gung-ho approach only ever ends in tears. You can team up to try and take the monster down, and hope your teammate doesn't throw you under the bus so that they survive the encounter, or you can hide in a dark corner and wait out the timer - a cowardly, and frankly boring approach. …

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