Developer: Saber Interactive
Platforms: Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Series S, Microsoft Windows
Evil Dead is a video game available on almost all gaming platforms. For this review, I played this on my Xbox Series X. Priced at only $39.99 the Evil Dead game was one that caught my attention at first glance in the Xbox store. I’m familiar with Evil Dead movie, and I was really looking for something that might’ve been a bit more fun than Back 4 Blood.
Evil Dead is based on movies of the same name, and I’d say you do not have to of watched the movies to understand what is going on in this game, but I’d say it definitely helps. Fans of the movies will appreciate the attention to detail here. The primary campaign tells the overall story, and the characters use many popular adlibs, but those that have never heard of this series can still enjoy how outlandish and overtop Evil Dead can be at times.
Evil Dead has several different modes to choose from. You can play through the various different stories or jump right into multiplayer. Now this game was a little bit of a challenge for me at first. The controls seem simple enough, and the game mechanics are not too complex. You’ll have your typical health meter, and have to manage your health and stamina. These are things you’d come to expect in this type of game. Where Evil Dead is unique is the addition to the Fear gauge. You will have to manage fear in this game. Fear can be increased by simply being left alone for too long, or running too fast.
This feature is one I grew to love and hate. I loved how your fear gauge will increase, along with the increase in enemies. I truly love how it helps immerse you in the game and in the world. In some cases, you might actually feel a little fear as you fight your way through the demonic hordes to reach a little bit of light. In multiplayer, if a character’s fear gauge reaches its limit the player will become possessed, and begin attacking their teammates so watch the fear gauge.
What Did I Like About Evil Dead: The Game?
I really enjoyed the overall look and feel of the world in Evil Dead. It has just the right amount of horror, and the blood and gore are a nice touch. You can also use finishers on enemies, and these are entertaining and smooth.
The controls will take a bit of getting used to as you have to time your attacks properly. The dodge mechanic in this game felt absolutely useless in the beginning. You can dodge from side to side or front to back. My suggestion starting out is to try to keep the enemies in front of you if you can and be sure to dodge. I recommend playing multiplayer first as this allows you to learn the gameplay and familiarize yourself with the world before going it alone.
This brings me to the main story. It’s entertaining, heavily stylized, and scary at times, but the aspect that may be a deal-breaker for some is the difficulty. This game can be downright challenging and frustrating at times. I wouldn’t necessarily compare it to Dark Souls, but if you do not take the time to explore the world and look for resources you will have a tough time beating the story missions. Evil Dead is meant for you to take your time, and fully explore the world. This way you can enjoy the game in its full glory and are much better equipped to face the demons.
After playing Evil Deads story and multiplayer I’ve decided to give this game a fun factor score of 8 out of 10. This game is fun, and I think it has enough replay value to keep the dedicated fans coming back for more.
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