The History of Slasher Games – Friday the 13th: The Game | NowThis Nerd

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NowThis Nerd’s Andrew Rivera breaks down the history of slasher video games and makes the case for one of the best: ‘Friday the 13th: The Game.’

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‘Friday the 13th: The Game’ is a big hit with gamers and horror heads everywhere. But ‘Friday the 13th’ is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to movie maniacs murdering their way onto our game consoles. Spanning from the Atari 2600 to the modern era, games based on slasher movies have been part of the medium since nearly the beginning. So strap on your hockey masks and sharpen your machetes, because we’re taking you on a peaceful camping trip through the history of slasher games.

From the 2600’s ‘Halloween’ game and ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ game to the ‘Friday the 13th’ NES game and ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ NES game, we’ll show you the humble 8-bit origins of killers like Michael Myers, Leatherface, Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees. Game systems didn’t have the guts to render the bloodshed of these classic horror franchises, but with today’s technology slasher games almost look better than the real deals. ‘Until Dawn,’ ‘Dead by Daylight’ and, of course, ‘Friday the 13th: The Game’ are some of the greatest gory games in recent memory, and hopefully they’ll bring about ever scarier developments in the history of slasher games.

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  1. Without a doubt Dead by Daylight Is a way better game than Friday The 13th in all aspects. Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, leatherface, Scream ghost face, Saw pig Amanda, stranger things Demogorgon all playable and coming soon pyramid head.

  2. i'm aware that my favorite killer(ghostface) is in dead by daylight, however, i hope that dude gets a spot of his own in mk11, because if he gets his own spot in mk11, i'd be playing as him in every in-game battle. p vs p or p vs npc. plus, i really want dbd, so i can see what all of this video game is in my perspective. i've heard that there is a 1 suvivor and 4 killers glitch, so i want to see the glitch from my eyes.

  3. Friday the 13th the game is not the best slasher game, dead by daylight is because it has much more to do and you can pick whether you want to be a survivor or killer

  4. That's Franklin's wheelchair in the TCM game, not Grandpa's. (I know, such a small, unimportant detail…but…OCD)

  5. Halloween would be a good game, just like Friday the 13th,you get to choose your Micheal and the killer is obviously Micheal and he has to kill the survivors.

  6. It would be cool if they made more games like Friday the 13th but with different movies (Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Scream, Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, etc.). I know they already have these characters in DBD, but it would be neat to have a separate game based entirely around the character. Plus from what I've heard, DBD is horribly unbalanced and has a salty community.

  7. Dead by Daylight and Until Dawn are the best slasher games ever???

    And also Friday the 13 best slasher game ever XD that game is DEAD XDXDXDXD

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