Freddy Krueger has been been slashing his way into dreamy video games for decades. But does A Nightmare on Elm Street need its own modern game?

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A Nightmare In Gameland

Throughout the 1980s, seemingly every onscreen adventure was receiving its own game incarnation. With some still standing the test of time, games based on popular films can be truly great — then there’s LJN’s A Nightmare on Elm Street. One of the worst video games on the original NES (gaming history for that matter), Freddy’s digital debut is something nightmares are made of.

Since then, the Springwood Slasher has been tearing his way through the land of games all the way to the modern era. From appearances in the Mortal Kombat series to Behaviour Interactive’s Dead by Daylight, Krueger is still alive in the world of gaming. But does Elm Street need its own modern game?

A Nightmare on Elm Street — Courtesy of LJN Games

A Video Game On Elm Street

With Gun Media’s Friday the 13th game debuting almost two years ago, fans have been clamoring for a digital trip to Springwood. Fantasizing what could be from the inspirational series, A Nightmare on Elm Street is in desperate need of a video game of its own. With intense imagination dripping from every frame, the series has too much potential not to use for video games. The real question: What kind of game should it be?

Playing With Power

While the game should draw inspiration from the whole series, Dream Warriors is the obvious choice to use. Giving players multiple people to choose from, the game could lean on the team experience like Friday the 13th. One player gets to be Freddy, while others band together to give the killer his own worst nightmare. Picking up specialized power ups, like potions for the Wizard Master, the game could have huge potential.

Then there’s the game I really want — the game I was wanting Friday the 13th to be. Serializing the experience, I simply want to play the classic films in an intense, single player, experience. Assigning players each character needed for the given film and scenario, I want to experience one of my favorite film franchises through my hands, eyes and gaming console. I want to kick ass like Alice Johnson and Nancy Thompson. Is there something so wrong with that?

Dreaming Up The Future

Regardless of which path you think a potential Elm Street game should take, it’s hard to deny the huge potential it presents. Massive sales of Friday the 13th and Dead by Daylight show there’s a huge sleepy audience ready to pick up controllers and terror tango with Freddy Krueger. It’s your move developers, we’re all ready to skip the Hypnocil.

This has been another edition of Freddy Friday. We’ll see you dreamers next week in Springwood.

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