For those who are fans of both gaming and the horror genre, these past few months have been quite exciting for you. Recently, Friday the 13th was released for Xbox One, PS4 and PC and it is currently rated the top selling online game. In addition to the release of this iconic horror villain turned video game, fans of last year’s Dead by Daylight (available for PC in 2016) have also begun rejoicing as it is now available for both Xbox one and PS4.
Now the question can be raised, which one of the two games is better?
Well, we’ve trailed both of the games and we have done our research for you! Let’s compare the two, shall we?
Friday the 13th: The Game
When this game was announced at E3 last year, I couldn’t wait for the eventual release. The game takes iconic horror villain Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13th series and throws him, his story, and hours of fun into a video game.
In this online game, you either have the option as playing as one of several counselors… or as the wicked and haunting Jason Voorhees himself. If you are a counselor you have several options:
a.) Hide out for 20 minutes and hope Jason doesn’t find you
b.) Search the cabins for car parts (i.e battery, gas, keys) or boat parts ( i.e gas, propeller) and attempt to escape Camp Crystal Lake
c.) Fix the phone box and call for the cops, then make a run for it when they arrive
d.) Fight and Kill Jason
Option A has never really worked out for me, as somehow the person who is always Jason finds a way to discover where I am hiding. Option B and C has occurred for me several times, as these are your only means of escape from the camp. You can’t just run through the fence and escape on foot; that would be way too easy.
If you’re going for Option D, you’ve got your work cut out for you. It isn’t as easy as it looks, but you can check out the ‘how to’ video here. Bottom line, you need to work as a team.
If you’re Jason, you have one goal. Kill all the counselors.
The longer you last (or if you’re Jason, the more counselors you kill), the more XP you are awarded. XP can be used to unlock different ‘perks’ for camp counselors or different ‘kills’ as Jason. You also level up with the more and more experience points you gain, unlocking different counselors and different ‘versions’ of Jason Voorhees.
The game, when it works, has proven to be extremely fun. Occasionally the game will ‘glitch’, which could be the result of a coding error. Sometimes the game will just abruptly end and will return to the main menu, or will freeze upon loading. Since the recent patch, these issues have been for the most part, fixed.
Check out the original game trailer below:
Dead by Daylight
Dead by Daylight has been available for PC Gamers for quite some time now, and the game has always been pretty successful. Now that it is also available for both PS4 and for Xbox one, sales have been climbing the ladder. Currently, it stands as a rival for the Friday the 13th: The Game.
Dead by Daylight is also a survival horror game in which you and three other people are stuck in a horror movie setting where you must escape from. You’re all placed in different locations on the map, with a fifth person as the killer. Your goal is to escape by activating generators that power up escape doors on either side of the map, all without being detected by the killer.
One thing that is particularly cool about this game, is that the killer can range. You can either play as a man with a chainsaw who can spring, a stalker who can turn invisible or a nurse that can teleport. As the serial killer, your goal is to kill all the players by hurting them and taking them to a sacrificial hook. Each killer has a different abilities, including a DLC version of Michael Myers, who can locate and trap other players much faster.
Similar to the Friday the 13th game, this one isn’t without its glitches. Many players still experience the same ‘lag out’ issues, which can be quite frustrating.
Check out the launch trailer here:
So, Which is Right for You?
As a horror fan, both of these games are pretty fun and amazing. After decades of horror films, it is rather fun to finally be able to essentially be a part of a horror movie yourself.
If you’re looking for a classic, suspenseful and original game then I recommend Friday the 13th: The Game for you. You can also have more people in a match (7 counselors and 1 Jason), which adds to the fun factor. It also is more challenging for the person who is playing as Jason, because you have more counselors to track down. You can either host a private match where you invite your own friends to play, or you can jump into a quick play public match. Either way, the fun never ends.
If you’re looking for a more complex horror game, I recommend Dead by Deadlight. You have a few different killers to choose from, as opposed to the same person (even though there are different versions of Jason you could play). Dead by Daylight also has several different types of maps, and they are a bit more challenging.
Personally, I’m a bigger fan of the Friday the 13th game, but don’t get me wrong… Dead by Deadlight is also quite entertaining and suspenseful.
Sources: Bleeding Cool. GameSpot
Julia recently published her first novel, titled; Anomic. She is currently co-authoring a novel called ‘Snow Falls’. She has a B.A in Communications with concentrations in Professional Writing and Public Relations. She is also in the United States Army Reserves as a Military Police Officer, and is currently in the process of going back to school for her Masters Degree in Business. When she isn’t writing, she is co-owner of a film production studio called ‘Valentine Productions LLC’ and she frequently spends her weekends acting in films, or being a stuntwoman.