80s horror shows and films were delightfully camp and gory. Thanks to the ridiculous scripts, OTT characters, and brutal moments, they were captivating and amusing. However, modern horror has moved away from this wonderful approach. Sadly, everyone demands shocking and gruesome moments! Unfortunately, the nostalgia of the 80s is lost on a modern audience and this is disappointing. Luckily, though, Evil Dead: The Game bucks this trend while reminding modern gamers what they are missing.
Developed and published by Saber Interactive, this is a third-person horror survival game. Games like Dead by Daylight and Friday the 13th are thrilling audiences. Consequently, how will this old-school inspired title compare to its peers? Well, in short, as a multiplayer experience, it’s deep, enjoyable, and challenging. Disappointingly, the same can’t be said for the often brutal solo endeavour.
Evil Dead: The Game captures the franchise perfectly.
If you are old enough to remember the films and TV series, then you’ll adore what’s on offer. However, for younger players, you’ll need to ditch your modern mindset and go with the flow. This dated experience pits survivors against demonic forces in a gory game of cat and mouse. There are oodles of gore, plenty of weapons, and some weird and wonderful items. What’s more, each match is relatively short and they follow the same core concept.
You and your friends take on the role of Ash and his heroic companions. This band of misfits must work together to defeat the Kandarian demon who is trying to kill them. By working together, you’ll search for pieces of a map, the Kandarian dagger, and, of course, the Necronomicon. As you gather together these ancient artefacts, you’ll fight waves of demonic beings while trying to stay calm. If you are successful, you’ll banish the evil forces while surviving to fight another day. If you fail, the demon wins and you all die. Either way, you’ll adore the smattering of blood, the ridiculous weapons, and the never-ending gruesome encounters.
A nod to Sam Raimi.
Every element of Evil Dead: The Game is a nod to Sam Raimi. From the tiny and difficult single-player mode to the weapons, characters, and environments of the multiplayer world. This is supported further by the classic one-liners, the old-school clothing, and the fantastic audio. Though the gameplay is rough, I enjoyed it nonetheless. Something is compelling about the suspenseful action, and the harsh reality that soon sets in.
As a survivor, you must scour each stage looking for resources, weapons, and objective items. As you progress, you will fight, work together, and drive audacious vehicles. Yet, as the demon, you begin as a weak and feeble entity. As the survivors become more scared, you feed off their fear and become more powerful. This allows you to possess fearful individuals or inanimate objects. Fancy booby-trapping a chest? Then saunter along and cast some magic. If that isn’t your thing, then worry not! You can control vehicles or trees as you scare the crap out of these unsuspecting humans.
The action was wonderfully balanced, and this kept you on your toes. If you decide to banish the evil beings, you must work together as a team. If you cannot do this, the Kandarian demon will eat you alive and you will fail.
Evil Dead: The Game is rough but camp.
Graphically, Evil Dead: The Game is a little rough around the edges. However, this plays to its TV and film roots. Consequently, the aesthetic works perfectly with the theme. Moreover, its gory nature won’t be for the squeamish. Sadly, its lack of polish causes some gameplay issues. You’ll be trapped in the scenery more often than not. Yet, this shouldn’t put you off, as it’s a minor thing. Yes, it was frustrating at times, but you’ll laugh, dust yourself down, and try again.
The audio, on the other hand, is fantastic. The aggressive soundtrack was combined with horrific sound effects, and this was wonderful. What’s more, the atmosphere is creepie and eerie throughout. Subsequently, you are never at ease and each round has you permanently on edge. I adored the music, but I loved the witty and accurate Sam Raimi dialogue more. The script is reminiscent of the films and this makes Evil Dead: The Game authentic to its roots.
Excellent controls and UI.
When there are many jump scares and multiple enemies to face, the controls can be clumsy and cumbersome. Luckily, Evil Dead: The Game has a well-considered approach. Not only are the controls easy to understand and responsive, but they are supported by an excellent UI. In the heat of battle, it is easy to switch between ranged and melee weapons. What’s more, you can use your inventory with ease, upgrade your character on the fly, and rescue your teammates. I loved the simplicity of the control system and it made the multiplayer option even more user-friendly.
Thanks to an array of survivors or demons to choose from, and an expansive and deep character progression system, this has masses of replay value. Furthermore, if you have a great group of friends, there are some key tactical elements and proper scary moments. On top of this, the tough but short single-player mode will keep you playing for hours. However, it’ll take a lot of patience as the action lacks balance and will frustrate many players.
Evil Dead: The Game excels as a multiplayer experience.
As a solo gamer, I found the story mode to represent the franchise perfectly. But, I was annoyed that it was too difficult as there was a lack of checkpoints. Consequently, when you die, and you will, you lose your progress. If the developers could balance this out, then the solo mode would be much better. If you love multiplayer gaming and the horror genre, then this will be right up your street. It’s brilliantly atmospheric, camp, witty, and charming. I adored the random weapons, the gruesome demons, and the gentle learning curve. All things considered, this is an excellent horror title and I recommend you to buy it here! Will you survive each round and defeat the Kandarian demons? Probably not, but work together, collect the weapons, and die trying.