Hail to the King, baby: Review Evil Dead: The Game

One day, 21-year-old Sam Raimi and his friend Bruce Campbell, wielding a small budget and crazy imagination, made their first feature film, which later became a cult classic of the horror genre of all time. Success was consolidated by subsequent sequels – again with the participation of Bruce Campbell in the role of the ubercharismatic Ash Williams. The cabin in the woods, the flight of the Demon through the woods, the chainsaw hand, Groovy – the films non-stop poured cult ideas and phrases that were fixed in the memory of not only the audience, but also all kinds of imitators and connoisseurs of art.

However, despite such a gigantic layer of possibilities, the universe has always been poorly represented in the gaming industry. Yes, there are still references to it in different projects, but full-fledged games under license were rarely released, and good ones can be counted on the fingers of one hand. The previous one appeared already in 2005 and is considered one of the most interesting in the franchise, even despite not the best quality.

Therefore, the announcement of Evil Dead: The Game excited the fans as much as if someone had read the necessary lines from the Necronomicon. True, this awakening did not leave everyone in a positive mood – the whole point is that the new game in the universe seemed to be “another” multiplayer fun, moreover, very similar to the Dead by Daylight clone, because the gameplay concept is built around the “four against one” system. “. The initiative was more like a standard scheme for cutting the bubble from bored fans and trying to take off on a working and successful gameplay mechanic. In fact, everything turned out differently.

First, Evil Dead: The Game is still different from Dead by Daylight. Yes, the basis here is “four against one”, but there are no hide and seek in the game, four players are constantly in battles with deadites and move around the huge map on foot or by transport in search of good loot and completing tasks that are fixed and do not change in any way. The opponent flies around the map in the style of a Demon from the movies, demolishing everything in its path, or at least wooden fences, setting traps, possessing demons, players or even vehicles, in every possible way trying to prevent the survivors from reaching the final.

The combat system is quite simple: you have long-range and melee weapons, which you are free to change for more effective models. In hand-to-hand combat, fast and heavy attacks are used, as well as dodge and … that’s it. Among the items there are “first aid kits” and an amulet that gives a shield, as well as pink bottles that allow you to increase the characteristics of the character during the match. Unlike many other online looter shooters, Evil Dead: The Game is not overloaded with items and skills, and therefore even casual players will find it easy to get used to it. True, the controls on release turned out to be very viscous and unresponsive, and although the situation was corrected after a couple of weeks, there are still problems with dodges.

Having completed the training from the threshold, you can break into network battles or try your hand against AI in the company of someone or in an embrace with computer dummies. In addition, there are story missions, the passage of which unlocks new characters and records of the same Professor Bob Dorian. There is no plot as such – you just need to run from one point to another, killing deadites and bosses. The catch of the missions is that you play alone, there will be no help, and this is where you will realize how cooperatively oriented the game is: any animation (be it reloading or healing) takes too long, almost any enemy will have time to run to the hero and interrupt his action. Therefore, in some places the missions turned out to be extremely difficult and boring, especially since opponents sometimes appear on the location by accident and even bosses can attack in a crowd.

Your combat skills in multiplayer are only half the battle. Good teamwork, support for each other and proper movement are the real keys to victory. All because of Fear – the most important parameter in Evil Dead: The Game. An attack from a trap, traps, screamers from the Demon, a mad tree slapped the character on the ass – all this increases your level of fear, which, having overcome a certain line, will enable the Demon to move into your player and start hitting your comrades. In order to somehow calm down, you need to look for illuminated places, or set fires yourself. Well, and most importantly – you need to stick together, loners do not live here for a long time, so as Caesar once said from the Planet of the Apes – “Monkeys! Together! Strength!”.

The tasks include finding a map that indicates the path to the Kandarian dagger, wielding which, players can stop the forces of Evil. What can prevent a team from completing such simple tasks? Of course Demon! So that the survivors do not relax, one of the three Demons plays against them with their army of the undead.

Flying around the map as an invisible force of evil, you need to collect spheres that are allowed to be spent on abilities, and their developers have plenty in store. By setting traps in passageways or on item chests, you increase the fear level of those who are caught, opening portals with deadites, preventing players from advancing further and along the way instilling in your own henchmen or summoning and taking control of the boss. Well, or wait until one of the players starts to scream heart-rendingly, making it clear that the time has come to take control of him and shoot his unsuspecting teammates.

This game of fidget is very fun, but it spoils a couple of things. First, collecting spheres forces the local villain to run away from the survivors until they can accumulate the required amount of energy. Secondly, moving into a car requires a lot of energy, and it is spent extremely quickly, which is why some tricks simply turn out to be useless. Thirdly, by controlling a boss or possessed, you can only fight, missing the opportunity to call on additional enemies to help or set additional traps. Therefore, you need to play as the Demon wisely, choosing the right moments to attack and trying to catch the survivors one at a time. By analogy with ordinary characters, you can upgrade during the match, only for this you do not need to look for any bottles – just attack the survivors in all sorts of ways.

The game concept of Evil Dead: The Game fits perfectly into the Evil Dead universe, and the developers at Saber Interactive, being its fans, showed love for the franchise in every detail. In addition to all the versions of Ash Williams at once, voiced by the legendary Bruce Campbell, there are also characters from other films in the series and even guests from the excellent but unfinished Ash vs. Evil Dead series. True, the inimitable Lucy Lawless in the role of Ruby is absent (dataminers signal that the girl will be added a little later). On the game map there is also the very famous hut, where evil creatures are still bursting from the basement. The design of everything and everyone is made with the utmost respect for the original source, and in general, visually Evil Dead: The Game looks great. Blood and meat are not spared here,

True, the ubiquitous motion blur filled the screen so abundantly that on release it seemed as if the game was running on the Xbox Series X at 30 FPS. After the patches, the soap became smaller, and Evil Dead: The Game feels great in 4K and 60 FPS.

On the Xbox Series S, the developers were only able to get 30 FPS with some drawdowns, and the problem of soap on this console has not gone away (although, surprisingly, 4K is also supported here). There are small bugs, but in general, the novelty is licked decently.

Saber Interactive, to the surprise of many, has released a product that does not copy someone else’s idea one to one, but creates something of its own and at the same time treats the Evil Dead material with honor. Players have already appreciated this contribution, having bought more than 500 thousand copies in the first week, and online has not subsided so far – the search quickly finds matches. Details of future updates are unknown, but if the developers can provide decent support to their offspring, perhaps Evil Dead: The Game will stay with us for a long time.

 

Your combat skills in multiplayer are only half the battle. Good teamwork, support for each other and proper movement are the real keys to victory. All because of Fear – the most important parameter in Evil Dead: The Game. An attack from a trap, traps, screamers from the Demon, a mad tree slapped the character on the ass – all this increases your level of fear, which, having overcome a certain line, will enable the Demon to move into your player and start hitting your comrades. In order to somehow calm down, you need to look for illuminated places, or set fires yourself. Well, and most importantly – you need to stick together, loners do not live here for a long time, so as Caesar once said from the Planet of the Apes – “Monkeys! Together! Strength!”.

The tasks include finding a map that indicates the path to the Kandarian dagger, wielding which, players can stop the forces of Evil. What can prevent a team from completing such simple tasks? Of course Demon! So that the survivors do not relax, one of the three Demons plays against them with their army of the undead.

Flying around the map as an invisible force of evil, you need to collect spheres that are allowed to be spent on abilities, and their developers have plenty in store. By setting traps in passageways or on item chests, you increase the fear level of those who are caught, opening portals with deadites, preventing players from advancing further and along the way instilling in your own henchmen or summoning and taking control of the boss. Well, or wait until one of the players starts to scream heart-rendingly, making it clear that the time has come to take control of him and shoot his unsuspecting teammates.

This game of fidget is very fun, but it spoils a couple of things. First, collecting spheres forces the local villain to run away from the survivors until they can accumulate the required amount of energy. Secondly, moving into a car requires a lot of energy, and it is spent extremely quickly, which is why some tricks simply turn out to be useless. Thirdly, by controlling a boss or possessed, you can only fight, missing the opportunity to call on additional enemies to help or set additional traps. Therefore, you need to play as the Demon wisely, choosing the right moments to attack and trying to catch the survivors one at a time. By analogy with ordinary characters, you can upgrade during the match, only for this you do not need to look for any bottles – just attack the survivors in all sorts of ways.

The game concept of Evil Dead: The Game fits perfectly into the Evil Dead universe, and the developers at Saber Interactive, being its fans, showed love for the franchise in every detail. In addition to all the versions of Ash Williams at once, voiced by the legendary Bruce Campbell, there are also characters from other films in the series and even guests from the excellent but unfinished Ash vs. Evil Dead series. True, the inimitable Lucy Lawless in the role of Ruby is absent (dataminers signal that the girl will be added a little later). On the game map there is also the very famous hut, where evil creatures are still bursting from the basement. The design of everything and everyone is made with the utmost respect for the original source, and in general, visually Evil Dead: The Game looks great. Blood and meat are not spared here,

True, the ubiquitous motion blur filled the screen so abundantly that on release it seemed as if the game was running on the Xbox Series X at 30 FPS. After the patches, the soap became smaller, and Evil Dead: The Game feels great in 4K and 60 FPS.

On the Xbox Series S, the developers were only able to get 30 FPS with some drawdowns, and the problem of soap on this console has not gone away (although, surprisingly, 4K is also supported here). There are small bugs, but in general, the novelty is licked decently.

Saber Interactive, to the surprise of many, has released a product that does not copy someone else’s idea one to one, but creates something of its own and at the same time treats the Evil Dead material with honor. Players have already appreciated this contribution, having bought more than 500 thousand copies in the first week, and online has not subsided so far – the search quickly finds matches. Details of future updates are unknown, but if the developers can provide decent support to their offspring, perhaps Evil Dead: The Game will stay with us for a long time.

Shovel Knight

Game completed on:

XSEX

Correct topics:
yes

Duration:
12 hours

 

Platforms:

PS5
XSEX
SWITCH
PS4
ONE
PC

Developer:

Saber Interactive

Publisher:

Saber Interactive

Genres:

action

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