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evil Dead is a 40-year-old film franchise that still resonates with pop culture, especially horror fanatics. It has also spawned several video game incarnations, all of them unmemorable, until now with the arrival of Evil Dead: The Game.
Evil Dead: The Game uses a formula used by other titles such as Friday the 13th: the game and Dead in broad daylight and is enjoyable for long-time gamers and welcomes newbies by keeping the gameplay fairly straightforward.
A good battle between good and evil
The video game from Saber Interactive and Boss Teams Games runs on the evil Dead Movie Franchise is an asymmetric multiplayer survival horror game, say ten times faster. In the game, players can team up against bots or against each other. Teams are divided into survivors (humans) and demons, and each has tasks to complete to ensure victory.
Players can choose between Ash (Bruce Campbell) and various characters from all three Starz movies and TV series as survivors. You must find the Necronomicon and the Kandarian Dagger to exorcise the demons from the land. As a demon, you just have to prevent that from happening.
Survivors occupy four classes, Leader, Warrior, Hunter, and Support. Players can upgrade each character in each category with the experience they earn after winning or losing matches. Players can also spend points to help them unlock perks and skills to turn their favorite character into a deadly killing machine.
Players who choose to play as the demons have a choice of three different types of monsters from the movies. Demonic gameplay requires more finesse and planning.
You can place traps around the map that increase survivors’ fear levels, making them susceptible to being possessed. As a demon, you can also unleash undead and a big bad boss to stop dead survivors in their tracks.
The matches aren’t long, but we’ve noticed that it’s quite difficult to establish yourself as survivors. But, it is rewarding if you manage to defeat the demon player.
It’s my pole
The developers have really gone out of their way to bring the madness and atmosphere of the movies into the game. Ash and the Survivor’s Flashlight are very important in keeping your fear level low and illuminating strange, dimly lit areas. The sound is superb, making you feel like you’re in a evil Dead film. If you have a good pair of gaming headphones, we highly recommend putting them on while gaming.
The action is there. We can’t tell you how satisfying it is to see survivors attack the dead in different ways with different weapons conveniently scattered across the map.
The character designs are well done and fans will really enjoy the different versions of Ash as well as the classic monsters from the movies.
Not so groovy
If you don’t feel like playing with anyone online, there are single player missions you can take part in. Missions are not as enjoyable as PvP matches but serve one person.
After completing them, you can unlock other playable characters. Still, you’ll quickly find the missions ridiculously difficult and spend an absurd amount of time trying to complete them. We think this is one aspect where cooperative play would have been clutch.
Another thing we think the game could have benefited from is a dedicated jump button. Many times during our game, we wished we could just jump over a fence instead of having to press a button to jump over it.
The game can also quickly become boring for some players with its lack of cards at launch.
Yeah, really amazing
Saber Interactive has sent a love letter to fans of Sam Raimi’s excellent game evil Dead movies by accurately capturing the feel of movies and bringing them to play.
Ash’s eye-catching one-liners, gore, action, monsters, locations, and boomstick action are all here. For $39.99, you really get what you pay for. With the promise of more content and maps to come, spending more on the season pass isn’t bad.
Yes, Evil Dead: The Game can get old pretty quickly, but this is one of those games where you can always reach out to your friends and tell them to log on and start playing.
Evil Dead: The Game is available on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via the Epic Games Store.
Photo: Saber Interactive & Boss Team Games/Evil Dead: The Game
*Evil Dead: The Game has been reviewed on PS5 with a code provided by Saber Interactive*