Show of the Week: Friday the 13th and 5 Horror Villains Way More Killable in Games

Published 5 months ago by Jane Douglas

Voorhees a jolly good fellow

Friday the 13th: The Game is based on the classic slasher movie franchise in which unhappy campers try not to be killed by supernatural ice hockey enthusiast Jason Voorhees. Jason is as unstoppable a murder juggernaut as ever here, but other horror villains have suffered serious nerfing in being adapted for videogames. Pity them in Show of the Week.

In the movies, Freddie Kruger is a terrifying psychological monster who strikes when you're asleep. In the 1989 Nightmare on Elm Street game on the NES, Freddie Kruger is just one of many problems on Elm Street, a road somehow overrun with giant spiders, zombies and rats the size of dogs.

Halloween's Michael Myers, meanwhile, is pretty impressive when he's up against terrified teens and Busta Rhymes, but set him on a bunch of highly trained soldiers as a playable character in Call of Duty: Ghosts' Onslaught DLC and it's a whole other ballgame.

Michael has it almost as tough as Mortal Kombat's version of Leatherface, who is relocated from easy street in Texas Chainsaw Massacre to hard street in Netherrealm, where his would-be victims have lethal ice magic, knife hats and guns. Don't bring a chainsaw to a gun fight, I think is how the saying goes.

Previously on Outside Xbox: 19 Times Horror Games Freaked Us Right Out

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Jane Douglas
Jane is co-editor at Outside Xbox, where she writes words and makes videos. She enjoys dialogue trees.

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