Jason Voorhees has come a long way since his pixelated, 8-bit days in the NES video game Friday the 13th released in 1989. The powder-blue and purple slasher was recently resurrected in all his glory in Friday the 13th: The Game from IllFonic and Gun Media; not only can players attempt to best realistic versions of Jason in just about all of his incarnations, you can be Hellfire Jason: A demonic reimagining created by FX guru Tom Savini.
The popularity of Friday the 13th: The Game will no doubt inspire developers and programmers to investigate past attempts at horror video games for a similar reemergence (and, hopefully, similar financial returns). While no one in the video game industry has contacted me for advice or an opinion, I’d like to offer a suggestion nonetheless: Take a look at Jaws: The Revenge!
Named after and first released to coincide with the final chapter in the Jaws franchise, Jaws: The Revenge (1987) is actually more fun than the film; it certainly held my attention for more than 90 minutes (a feat the movie failed to accomplish). In it, you play a salty sailor in the vein of Quint (Robert Shaw), patrolling the coast of Amity Island.
After hopping into the water to best a battalion of lesser sharks, jellyfish, and underwater beasties, players finally come face to face with Jaws, where they attempt to kill him by launching depth charges into its mouth while simultaneously ramming the apex predator with your boat—no easy task by any measure.
Take a mental trip back to the 1980s by checking out some old school Jaws: The Revenge action courtesy of NES Guide. While the game has indeed gone through a handful of re-releases (most recently as an iPad app in 2011), nothing has risen to the level of Friday the 13th: The Game, which has set a new bar for quality and entertaining gaming.
Did you ever play Jaws: The Revenge on NES back in the day? Do you think it could be the next great horror gaming experience? What other old school horror games or movies would you love to see developed? Let’s talk in the Comments section!
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