It’s time to explode the guts! Ash Williams is back, but this time not for slashing demons in Sam Raimi’s new cinematic adventure, but rather in a video game production. But does Evil Dead: The Game live up to the original movies?
“This is a magic wand! Remington Double Barrel”
“Tatri put trobeen ha zar kanda! hood! Kaaandaaa!‘, the poor subconscious again read the sinister lines of the Necronomicon, the Book of the Dead. It was enough to bring back a horde of demons on planet Earth and the good old Ash Williams who nonetheless decided to retire after the conclusion of the Ash vs. Evil Dead series in 2018. Yes, in Sam Raimi’s 40th Anniversary, all these beautiful people have set themselves a date in Evil Dead: The Game.Like so many games that pay tribute to the horrific licenses from the ’80s – we’re thinking Friday the 13th here, Predator: Hunting Grounds and, to a lesser extent, Death in daylight – , Evil Dead: The game opts for asymmetrical multiplayer gameplay. On the one hand, it invites players to join a team of four survivors, and on the other hand, to embody the demon Kander.
Let’s start with survivors who have a gameplay that is somewhat similar to what can be found in a third-person action game. The goal here is simple: once you balance the deck on one of the two game maps, you must achieve a series of goals (find three pieces of a map, Coiled, and Kander’s Dagger) in order to once again eradicate the evil that gnaws at the Necronomicon. To do this, you obviously have to work as a team, because like the Friday the 13th or Dead By Daylight heroes, these heroes are easy prey when they stand isolated from the rest of the group. The solitary hero is clearly more fragile and also sees his fear meter increase more quickly, making the player’s screen dark, making him more detectable in the eyes of the demon and above all more vulnerable (we’ll get back to this). However, unlike the aforementioned two products, in Evil Dead: The Game a well-armed solitary player can still fend for themselves, as it is possible to make the Powder talk and smash skulls with a well-placed tatan; This is also where Saber Interactive’s multiplayer production stands out from the competition. Once the beginnings of the game – which consists of searching different barracks to store weapons and resources – is complete, The title is a real action game that gives the center stage to the confrontations. The fights are always nervous and dynamic, punctuated constantly by a rain of hemoglobin and jaw-ending movements. In other words, the brawls between survivors and mutants are really striking, especially since we have the right to a diverse arsenal ranging from a simple pistol to a machine gun, including a crossbow and several hand weapons. Hand-body weapons (shovel, baseball bat, cleaver, chainsaw, etc.).
Different characters for different classes:
Even if the aspect of cooperation is highlighted mainly through the sharing of resources and mutual assistance between players when a hero falls, Evil Dead: The Game offers many playable characters. These come from the various films in the saga and even from the series: players can embody multiple versions of Ash Williams, but also Annie Knowbury, Lord Arthur, Pablo Simon Bolivar, and many others, each with their own characteristics. Ash’s sister Cheryl Williams plays the supporting role and brings the entire group to life, and Amanda Fisher can shoot without using her ammo and Ash’s version of Ash vs. Evil Dead stuns all nearby enemies. All of these powers can also be enhanced at the end of the game with each hero’s unique skill tree. I understood, if you play with friends, there is enough to form a strong team.
however, Astonishing though it is, this “action” bias lacks a bit of adjustment and balance. It gives survivors the impression that they are in control of the superhero, and that they are not at the mercy of the devil, which goes against the genre who wants to create a terrifying and disturbing atmosphere. This feeling is amplified when playing with friends. Against a tight-knit team, the Devil has almost no chance of winning.
Evil Dead: The Game: We live with the class despite the broken team
“Someone in my device”
Opposing the demonic gameplay, playing the Kandar demon mostly results in the control of the on-board camera floating in the air; A welcome idea more than it echoes the various narrative films of the saga since Satan, the evil presence that possesses everything is anything, is represented above all in the films through a self-revolving viewpoint. When you control this camera, the goal is to intimidate the many survivors roaming the jungle by opening gates here and there that allow skeletons, zombies, and other distortions to pass through. Smarter players can let the heroes go about their business to prepare the ground, where they are likely to pass, by installing minions and traps. It is possible, for example, to put mini-Ash in the supply boxes, which will delight fans of the third movie, or even give life to certain trees that will not hesitate to hit the heads of the heroes with their branches.
Singles for single players:
Evil Dead: The Game is above all a multiplayer production that takes on its full meaning when five players find themselves in one game, however, to satisfy all player profiles, the title from Saber Interactive also offers a solo component. In particular, there are five missions that relive the different adventures of Ash Williams that allow you to unlock new heroes, but also the option to play only the main mode using AI.
All these manipulations make it possible to increase the power of the demon and at the same time sow fear in the eyes of the members of the opposing team. This is where it all becomes fun, because once the character gets scared, it’s possible for them to have some time to pit them against their friends. Furthermore it, As a demon, it is possible to have a survivor, but also a tree, a car, and many monsters that sweep through the map. It is even possible to personify warlords, defeated monsters, to undermine the last of the enemy forces. Unfortunately, When playing a skeleton or undead, the battles are a bit chaotic; Sometimes the player gets the impression that he is writing in the blank, which is the fault of not having the ending moves when playing the opponent. however, Despite these small deviations, it is by controlling them that the game takes on its full meaning as it is really satisfying to destroy the good guys game. Surprise them with Machiavellian plans.
Scare the survivors in Evil Dead: The Game
Even if the two gameplay propositions are really strong, the game quickly gives the impression that you are going in circles. All parts look the same and are based on the same diagram: The survivors must always complete the same objectives to close the Necronomicon, that is, in the same order, while the demon wanders around. To achieve a bit of variety, goals are still randomly placed on a mapBut unfortunately this is not enough. This exhaustion is enhanced by a very slow progression system and the fact that there are only two maps to explore. Fortunately, whether in the old generation or the next, these images are very beautiful visually. They are sublimated by different luminous atmospheres, all successful, which we rediscover according to weather conditions. Although the environments are immersed in darkness most of the time, it is also possible to play in the snowy pitches, to navigate through various asphalt and muddy trails in the rain or to be chased by a demon at dawn. Also note that the maps are large enough to bring their share of ideas and environments. Players will be able to wander through the famous Ash Williams cabin, but also through a junkyard, factory, aircraft graveyard, mansion, cave, and more. Good thing, because the Evil Dead cinematic saga isn’t really known for making people travel.
If the launch of Evil Dead: The Game is less disastrous than Friday the 13th’s launch, note that it’s not exactly a joy. Servers owned by demons seem to do as they please and are not regularly available (which prevents players from joining the game). Fortunately, when everything works, matchmaking is very effective and matches are usually found in less than 30 seconds.
Finally, let’s talk about fan service, because if Evil Dead: The Game strives for perfection in one area, it is in this one. In addition to bringing all the characters from the saga together, Saber Interactive also brings together the original cast. In the skin of Ash Williams, we find Bruce Campbell, the actor who has played the licensing champ on screen for nearly 40 years. For their part, Betsy Baker takes on the role of Linda, Ellen Sandoys plays Sheryl Williams again, and Hal Dillrich returns as Scotty. Best, all the cast in the Ash vs. series. Evil Dead is also in the game, just that. To top it off, the title continues to double the winks by offering players rediscover places of worship from the movies as well as famous phrases, and even use the franchise’s visual bases. As we said earlier, we find this famous on-board camera when we personify the devil, but also the little ashes, the living hand or even this famous seemingly possessed mist. You get it, with Evil Dead: The Game, fans will be delighted.
- dynamic clashes…
- End movements that have a mouth
- Characters from the entire Evil Dead saga (movies + series)
- Two completely different games
- Easy on the eye for the old generation and the next generation
- Single player modes
- Nice tribute to being Sam Raimi
- … but drafts, especially when one embodies the devil
- only two cards
- Not scary demon and overly flexible heroes
- Servers are a bit choppy
A fine homage to the saga that inspired it, Evil Dead: The Game is an asymmetrical multiplayer game that surprises with its constant dynamism and frenetic action that is very well orchestrated. Unfortunately, the program quickly turns in circles. Despite the multiplicity of playable characters and soft gameplay offered (survivor or demon), Saber Interactive does not succeed in diversifying its approach. A production aimed primarily at fans of the genre and the cinematic creations of Sam Raimi.
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