Is it even possible to make a great licensed video game title?
How many times have you bought or rented a game because you love a movie or a TV show and you want to experience what it would be like to live in that world or be that character?
One of the appeals of the “Arkham” video games that Rocksteady have put out over the last few years is the way their combat system and the various gadgetry all gives you the feeling that you are, indeed, Batman. While not a direct adaptation of a film, the last Middle-Earth game, “Shadows Of Mordor,” did a great job of creating a fun game, but it had little or nothing to do with the experience of the films.
One of the most infamously terrible video games ever adapted from a film was the Nintendo-era “Friday The 13th” game. Now, it sounds like developer Gun Media has a plan for how to turn the long-running horror series into a successful game, and based on the piece I read today on Polygon, I'd play the game they're working to make. It sounds like a genuinely fun riff on the formula of horror games in general, a souped-up hide and go seek.
By far, the coolest part of the proposal is that it's a game you have to play with other people. Every character is played by a real person except for Jason, and so you can either work together as a team to try to defeat Jason, or you can play it every man for himself and hope to god you get to be the final girl… or guy, I guess.
As a policy, we don't run Kickstarter stories here at HitFix because there is not enough time in the day to even read all the proposals, much less pick the ones that we want to support and explain to the ones we don't why we aren't doing it. According to Polygon's story, this game is already happening, and it will happen with or without the Kickstarter. They have the official license from Sean Cunningham, and the gameplay genuinely sounds inventive and exciting.
Dare I dream?
“Friday The 13th” should be in stores for XBox One, PS4, and PC next fall.