Evil Dead: The Game is the first game in the Evil Dead universe that we got in the last few years. One of the most iconic horror films recently made a television comeback to critical acclaim, and fans of the series have since wondered if there was potential for a game – the answer was a resounding yes. In our Evil Dead: The Game Review, we take a look at what this one brings to the table.
Evil Dead: The Game has something for everyone. Fans of the series and fans of the 4v1 survivor genre. The game can feel one sided and a little unfair at times when playing as a survivor or demon. You’ll eventually have a blast if you’re looking for something to replace games like Dead by Daylight or scratch that Friday the 13th itch.
Gameplay & Mechanics
While the game offers players the chance to step into the shoes of cast members from the iconic series from previous and current entries, there is also a good range of modes to choose from here. Whether you want to play as the menacing Kandarian Demon or other survivors in the world of Evil Dead with their own unique skills and abilities, there’s variety right off the bat.
The survivor cast is huge and extensive, and more survivors and demons will be added in future content updates. So if you want to play a specific character from the original Evil Dead movies, this is your best option right now.
Outside of the training mode, the game offers a limited number of “story” missions. These serve as a gauntlet/challenge mode where players can indulge in some challenging scenarios. This allows you to unlock additional characters and skins in the game.
The game is still a 4v1 survivor at its core with a twist. You and 3 other players are tasked with completing a series of tasks in order to be successful in the game. Your enemy is a sort of director operated by a real player – similar to Resident Evil Resistance. This director can set traps, possess deadites (zombies) in the area and make the whole world his sandbox of mischief to stop the players.
survivors and classes
As a survivor, your first task is to find 3 pieces of the map. This is followed by collecting a map and a dagger. Use both items to engage in a “battle” with the dark ones, and the conclusion of the battle is to protect the Necronomicon against the last horde of enemies for 2 minutes.
As the Kandarian Demon, you must use everything in the world at your disposal to stop the survivors from completing their goals, similar to Resistance.
To help the survivors, they come in different classes with unique abilities. So Annie Knowby is currently the only one in the Leader class. She has the ability to deal increased ranged damage and act as an aura effect for teammates around her. The other classes are Warrior, Hunter, and Support. However, these roles are currently not set in stone and flexible. I found myself very aggressive as OG Ash Williams in support. I had no problem keeping my teammates’ anxiety levels down.
As a survivor, you also have access to armor collection, a skill tree that you level up by collecting colored flasks in the world to improve your health, stamina, and other character traits, and the ability to use a flashlight to find hidden objects in the dark and refill your health with healing items.
Anxiety Knife Explained
Another unique feature for Survivors is the Fear Knife. Fighting in the dark or being overwhelmed by too many enemies can quickly increase your fear meter. This in turn makes your shots (melee and ranged) less accurate and more prone to miss. It also makes you a target that the demon can possess to harm your teammates. To get out of this stage, teammates must injure you in order to exorcise you.
You get rid of fear by staying active in the light or making your own light. This can be done by lighting fires at campfires, lanterns, and more around the world.
While the game was being played on a PlayStation 4, the graphics and performance were robust and well-done. This isn’t one of those deliberate ports thrown out by the developer, and that’s largely down to the magic of Saber Interactive.
If the reduced graphics make you hesitant to buy it, the game still looks VERY good despite the aged hardware. However, you have to adapt to the 30 FPS.
The texture details and look of the game is almost similar to Friday the 13th. It still looks very clean and polished on the system.
matchmaking and online
Featuring full crossplay between Nintendo Switch, PC, Xbox One, PS4, Xbox Series and PS5. This means that the game can be played by anyone and with anyone. You can even have private matches to easily share with friends and see how you do in the 4v1 tests.
The game has dedicated servers, of course, and throughout the test, the animations and everything were very smooth. There was no noticeable lag or lag, so it helped with the experience.
If you’re looking for a solid replacement to spice things up with friends who are tired of the daylight, this is a great deal indeed. The game will receive many updates, but unfortunately this is tied to the Season Pass. However, if you really like the game and its gameplay, the studio’s content plan seems promising, breaking the stale taste in the current 4v1 survival market.
Evil Dead is a solid game that stays true to the original source material. It offers a lot of versatility and a good mix of content for newcomers and fans alike. Players will enjoy playing with friends as a breath of fresh air comes to the 4v1 genre. It’s a game worth trying if you’re looking to add a new game to your mix with friends.
If you’re a fan of the series, or just the genre in general, I highly recommend you try this game. There’s a lot of good playing time and promise. Only time will tell if this promise will be kept.
This review is based on the PS4 version of Evil Dead: The Game. The key was provided by Saber Interactive.
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