Vanessa Jones is one of the Counselors in Friday the 13th: The Game, and is nicknamed "The Athletic Girl". She is one of five counselors already unlocked in the beginning of the game, the others being Chad Kensington, Jenny Myers, Kenny Riedell, and Sheldon "Shelly" Finkelstein.
Overview[edit | edit source]
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
Vanessa Jones is not only the fastest counselor in the game, she's also capable of maintaining her speed for a long time thanks to her high stamina. As such, she is the best counselor for serving as a decoy to lead Jason away from the rest of her team. The irony is she has to run solo to fulfill her role sometimes, despite being a team-oriented counselor.
Inexperienced Vanessa players will create several problems for their team. For starters, hanging out with counselors who specialize in stealth will gardner unwanted attention since Vanessa makes a great deal of noise as she moves. Many players also tend to overestimate her ability to escape Jason; he does, after all, possess two teleportation abilities (Morph and Shift). She may be able to outrun him, but skilled Jason players will know how to outsmart her. Players therefore must learn to avoid exposing their teammates in hiding as well as making sure to map out several escape routes before Jason shows up.
Once she finds a group of counselors, Vanessa has two roles she fulfills very well: a speedy part runner or a noisy decoy. Her primary role should be acting as a decoy in order to get Jason's attention away from everyone else. Jason will normally hunt her down if he cannot find other counselors, and with Vanessa's low stealth it's easy for her to draw aggro towards her. However, if she serves as a part runner, there's a chance she will reveal to Jason an objective of interest where people might be camping nearby. Her group must be ready to fight Jason, and run from him, should he discover the objective Vanessa is gathering parts for. Once Jason knows the team's plan he will typically ignore Vanessa, choosing instead to hunt down the slower teammates who are camping near the chosen objective.
While running out in the open as the decoy/part runner make sure you keep in mind the basics of keeping your fear in check. Do not hesitate to turn on the flashlight; your terrible stealth will make it easy for Jason to find you if he hasn't already by using his Sense ability. Although there are times when you should draw Jason's attention towards yourself, reaching high levels of fear will hurt your stamina regeneration as well as increase your chances to stumble. Keep in mind it won't take long for Vanessa to panic due to her low composure, so do your best to keep her fear as low as possible before encountering Jason. Stay near houses if possible, and look for ones you can duck into for safety when Jason discovers you. It's far better to stall for time by forcing Jason to break into a locked building, rather than exhausting yourself out in the open where you will eventually be caught.
When choosing Vanessa, make a mental note of whether or not one of your teammates selected the counselor Brandon. These two work together in tandem extremely well: Both are fast, and they make a lot of noise which makes them suitable partners. In this case, Vanessa should act as a part runner whereas Brandon should escort her as a bodyguard. This duo can make life difficult for Jason to prevent an objective from receiving the parts it needs. Working alongside another Vanessa player isn't a bad choice either since Vanessa can put up a decent fight with her strength and luck stats reaching a middle ground.
Vanessa isn't an easy counselor to master, but her role in the team is crucial for buying her teammates precious time to complete an objective of sorts.
When arming yourself, use weapons with high stun potential as well as firearms should you be lucky enough. Keep in mind while acting as a part runner she will be unarmed at times; pocket knives are an essential since her low composure as well as strength will make it difficult to free yourself from Jason's clutches. You can also use fire crackers to stun Jason while holding a part, albeit this requires careful aim.
Keep your wits about you, and don't run with reckless abandon. Jason has more than enough tools to catch you, but should you plan ahead of time you can frustrate him to no end.
Virtual Cabin 2.0[edit | edit source]
Outside the Virtual Cabin, she is swimming at the end of the dock wearing her Spring Break '84 DLC swimsuit. After Jason is resurrected, Vanessa's corpse is found floating in the water next to Mitch with a harpoon in her back.
Appearance[edit | edit source]
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Vanessa represents the "Athletic Girl" trope, even wearing a jogging outfit to boot. She is noticeably fit with a toned body shape, and has tied her black hair into a ponytail, all of which is characteristic of an experienced athlete who specializes in cardio exercises.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Vanessa has a resemblance to the character "Sissy Baker" from the movie Friday The 13th Part VI: Jason Lives.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Vanessa Jones' stats from the beta, as revealed on December 17, 2016.
Vanessa Jones's pre-release stats, as revealed on April 11, 2017.