Evil Dead: The Game Review: A gore and groovy ride with El Jefe

Reviewed on Xbox series S

“Give me some sugar, baby.”

“Buy smart. Buy S-Mart.

“It’s… my pole!”

And of course, “Groovy”.

The evil Dead franchise is one of the most quoted film and television series of all time. There’s no shortage of excellent one-liners by Ashley J. Williams and company. Memorable lines aside, however, evil Dead also offers its fans an excellent cast of protagonists and villains. Last but not least, the show’s blood and gore are among the many reasons these movies (and TV shows) rule.

Naturally, Evil Dead: The Game had a lot to do. There have been a few games in the evil Dead universe, and even Dead in broad daylight dabbled in a fun crossover, but with Evil Dead: The Game the stakes seemed much higher. Not only did this game have big shoes to fill, but it also had a pair of brown pants and a blue buttonhole to fill.

And you know what? Evil Dead: The Game totally knocks him out of the park. The this here being a Deadite demon head, of course.

Ash vs Evil Dead

Evil Dead: The Game doesn’t take too many risks in terms of overall gameplay concept. It is a four-on-one multiplayer title similar to the previous one Dead in broad daylight. The game is inspired by Friday the 13th: the gamealso, putting more emphasis on achieving multiple goals.

But that’s where the similarities end, because basically the two Dead in broad daylight and Friday the 13th: the game are figuring out how to escape the map. Evil Dead: The Game is more about fighting against the minions of hell. You are definitely at a slight disadvantage, but you have a higher chance of battling than other similar horror multiplayer games.

Evil Dead: The Game - Ash vs. Evil Dead Characters

As a survivor, you will need to collect three pieces of a map, followed by a page from the Necronomicon (the Book of the Dead) and the Kandarian Dagger. When you collect the page and the dagger, you’ll need to defend the area for a short time while the Deadites spawn and try to derail your progress.

Once you collect the necessary items, you will face the Dark Ones, malevolent beings bent on taking over humanity. This will require you to simply hold down the Y button while dodging attacks from the Dark Ones. After defeating the Dark Ones, you will then need to protect the Necronomicon itself. This is when the enemy player will spawn all sorts of Deadites and big baddies. If they kill your entire hero team or destroy the book, you lose. If, however, you fend them off within the allotted time, you’ll defeat the minions of hell…for now.

Although your main objective is to survive and collect everything you need, there are different classes in Evil Dead: The Game this will slightly vary your approach. Leaders provide buffs to their teammates. Warriors inflict heavy damage and act like tanks. Hunters can effectively use long-range weapons. And the Support class is able to provide healing and reduce the fear level of its teammates.

Death at dawn! Death at dawn!

If you play as the evil clan Deadite in Evil Dead: The Game, you will approach the rounds very aggressively. You’ll go around collecting orbs that allow you to use abilities. Although the main abilities vary, each enemy class in the game can summon armies of Deadites, possess survivors with increased fear levels, control weak and strong Deadites, and set traps.

At the head of the necromancer class is Evil Ash of army of darkness, who can suck life from surviving players and is an effective melee character. The horrible Henrietta of Evil Dead 2 is in charge of the Warlord class, which is all about dealing heavy damage with melee and area of ​​effect attacks. The Puppeteer class comes from Ash vs Evil Dead and uses telekinesis and energy-based attacks. These units can even self-destruct after being defeated by Ash and his friends.

Evil Dead: The Game - Puppeteer

It can be difficult to play as the Deadites, but it’s certainly rewarding to defeat those pesky survivors. Unlike other similar horror multiplayer games, Evil Dead: The Game gives the good guys more tools and chances to fend off the bad guys. This can make playing as Deadites a little trickier, and it certainly takes time to learn how to play these characters effectively. Once you get it, though, it’s a lot of fun.

Serviceable Solo Content

There have been a few evil Dead games released in the past, and they have all achieved different levels of recognition. The main board of Evil Dead: The Game is easily its multiplayer component. That said, it has a set of surprisingly fun single-player missions – certainly not perfect, but still entertaining.

Missions follow different playable characters from the evil Dead franchise. You’ll revisit locations and scenarios from movies and shows, as well as experience fun new moments exclusive to Evil Dead: The Game.

Admittedly, part of me wishes the game had a fully realized single-player campaign, as the mechanics and character abilities could lend themselves to a new evil Dead adventure. Even then, what’s here works quite well. Although you should be warned, these single player missions can get tricky. But on the plus side, beating them rewards you with new characters and unlocks.

Bloody sights and sounds

I’m playing Evil Dead: The Game on Xbox Series S, and it looks solid overall. The environments are detailed and the character models are quite accurate. There are times when the performance stutters a bit, but that’s never anything that ruins the overall gaming experience. Also, while I like the graphics in the game, some character models look a little off.

Apart from the technical specifications, however, Evil Dead: The Game features all the blood and gore the series is known for. Whether you’re blasting the Deadites with your boomstick, hitting them in the head with a blunt object, or grabbing a chainsaw from them, you’ll see blood squirt all over the place. It’s visceral but damn close to the cartoon, and it fits perfectly with what fans of the show have come to expect, know and love from their favorite killer band Deadite.

Evil Dead: The Game - Army of Darkness Characters

The voice work is also solid, with cast members returning to voice their roles in movies and TV shows. Not everyone from the archives of the evil Dead The universe has returned for the game, and the volume of some of the voice clips seems a little low, but there’s still plenty of fan service, with memorable voices and one-liners heard throughout.

The game’s music isn’t too varied, but there are some great themes in Evil Dead: The Game. Some of them are meant to get you pumped while battling Deadites, while other themes are slower, creepier builds that play when you’re all alone. Overall the music here, while certainly not too deep, does a pretty good job.

Make a Good Evil Dead game in 2022

I like evil Deadso when Evil Dead: The Game was announced, I was excited. Of course, it was unclear whether the game would be great or even good, but I was cautiously optimistic and confident that the likes of the awesome Bruce Campbell, Dana DeLorenzo and Ray Santiago would put their name to something quality – and they absolutely did.

There have been evil Dead games on the Commodore 64, PS2, Xbox and even mobile devices. Trends in the video game industry have changed drastically since the release of these games. As such, it was unclear how a new evil Dead the title would go. It turns out the best formula for developer Saber Interactive and publisher Boss Team Games was to keep it simple.

Evil Dead: The Game works because it doesn’t try to do too much and it stays close to the source material. The fan service is off the charts and helps make this title feel like it belongs in the franchise. The flow of the game is also very logical: if you’re a survivor, you collect key items from the movies and fight the Deadites, and if you’re a Deadite, you kill and possess the humans.

At the end of the day, Evil Dead: The Game succeeds due to its enjoyable gameplay format and loyalty to the series. It’s a little janky in places and there are only a few maps available at the moment, but the gameplay is great fun and will have you hooked. Granted, if you don’t like these types of multiplayer horror games, you might get your fix after just a few rounds. But if you like games like Dead in broad daylight and like the very specific gameplay loop offered here, you’ll find that Evil Dead: The Game is pretty awesome.

Rating: 8 out of 10

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