Opening paragraph under reception on Wikipedia:
Friday the 13th was released in North America exclusively in February 1989, as part of LJN's focus on creating video games based on licenses. It is considered by some as one of the worst games of all time.
REALLY? Lmao who are these "some" who consider it one of the worst games OF ALL TIME? There's a lot of subjectivity involved obviously but like... the game is NOT bad at all. It functions well, controls well, has unique mechanics, is difficult to beat, I could go on.
In 1997 Electronic Gaming Monthly ranked it the eighth worst console video game of all time.
Then they must not play a whole lotta games. There were 700 games on the NES and Friday isn't even close to being the 8th worst NES game, let alone the 8th worst game OF ALL TIME (at the time, even).
Seems nothing's changed in that regard, reviewers for these magazines et al are pretty shite.