Now available for the Nintendo Switch, Friday the 13th: The Game Ultimate Slasher Edition finally brings Jason Voorhees back to a Nintendo console for the first time in over 30 years. While the hockey mask-clad murderer has been terrorizing gamers on PC, PS4, and Xbox One since 2017, this new Switch port introduces him to a new gaming audience to terrify. Offering every previously-released DLC (including emotes, costume packs, and extra kills for Jason), the Ultimate Slasher Editions gives Switch players the complete Friday the 13th: The Game experience. Better yet, the physical copy comes with its own exclusive poster which makes for an amazing collectible.
In Friday the 13th: The Game, one player controls Jason Voorhees while up to seven others play as camp counselors at Crystal Lake. Of course, the goal as Jason is to murder as many counselors as possible, while counselor players try to escape by way of car, boat, or calling the police. Nearly all of the locations from the movie series and most of the different versions of Jason are included, and the game can even be described as an interactive Friday the 13th film. It’s a simple formula that works effectively well, as getting into a good group of players on this game is some of the most fun you’ll ever have.
Right away, one great aspect of the Switch version of the game is how quickly one can get into active lobbies. Each time I’ve played so far had me getting into new games within seconds. Additionally, the game plays very smoothly, and I didn’t experience any lag issues either when running from Jason. If you’re looking to play with your friends or jump into a random quickplay lobby filled with strangers, you hopefully shouldn’t be seeing the same connectivity problems reported in the past on other systems.
Visually, the Ultimate Slasher Edition is a small step down from previous releases of the Friday the 13th game. Some of the textures and lighting effects are not as crisp as they’ve looked on other consoles. However, for what it’s worth, I didn’t really notice any major differences in the graphics when playing the game as a handheld, as it looks pretty much just like how it always does on the Switch’s smaller touchscreen. Still, even on the big screen TV, these graphical differences were more noticeable on the character select screen than during the actual gameplay itself, so they didn’t make much of an impact on my gaming experience.
One qualm I experienced with playing the Ultimate Slasher Edition is that there was a bit of a learning curve with the controls. Admittedly, this could be a side effect of playing the game for over two years on the Xbox One, and it could just be a matter of getting used to using a different controller. In any case, it all ended up working out well, as by the end of my second round, I was installing car batteries, hiding under beds, and whacking Jason with a baseball bat just as well as I always had before.
As someone who’s been playing Friday the 13th: The Game dating back to the BETA version on PC, I came into the Switch’s Ultimate Slasher Edition pretty well-versed on all that there is to do in the game. Conversely, I’ve noticed most of the others I’ve been playing with are new players, many of whom are still learning the best ways to survive. This kind of leaves me feeling like the hardened veteran who has experience dealing with Jason – the “Tommy Jarvis,” if you will. Rather than focusing primarily on saving myself like I would always do when I first started playing the game, I now find that it’s more fun to protect the other counselors – even if it gets myself killed.
Clearly, there’s still fun to be had with the Switch release for longtime players of the game, especially with the added benefit of now going handheld. As well, for the horror fans in the Nintendo community who’ve yet to experience Friday the 13th: The Game, it’s most definitely worth checking out. From the detailed environments to the screen-accurate kills, playing the game will actually have you feeling like you’re in a Friday the 13th movie. While he hasn’t been seen in theaters in over a decade, Friday the 13th: The Game makes Jason Voorhees scary again.
Friday the 13th: The Game Ultimate Slasher Edition is now available to purchase on the Nintendo Switch. You can watch the official trailer for the release below!
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