a messy but impressively faithful 4v1 horror game

WI th Evil Dead: GamesSaber Interactive once again aims to demonstrate the multiplayer horror it has shown with World War Zand manages to perfectly capture the vibe of a horror series, for better or for worse.

For those of you who are working hard for Dead Devil series, there is so much to enjoy when you upload Evil Dead: Games. It’s positively packed with easter eggs, confusing characters, and scenes culled right from the movie. Even Ash vs. Evil Dead gets the wholehearted love it deserves, with new characters Pablo and Kelly serving as a welcome breath of fresh air to an uneven roster of not one but five versions of Ash. Of course, this is what you come to do. Bruce Campbell is a damn charismatic guy, and things are no different here.

If you don’t have a real relationship with Sam Raimi or his purported brand of bloody horror, Evil Dead: Games harder to recommend. At its core, it’s a very solid 4v1 co-op horror experience. However, in the quest to capture the look and feel of the movies, Evil Dead: Games can feel messy, chaotic, and extremely difficult to read.

It’s hopeless to spend any part of a review talking about multiple systems of a game, but with Evil Dead: Games, there are layers after layers of mechanics that make you feel dizzy at first sight. Playing as the Survivor, the player will need to complete objectives, in hopes of warding off the demon. There are areas to loot, and enemies to kill along the way.

The fear meter is a thorn that is always present at your side, climbing whenever you stray too far from your teammates, encounter a fear trap set by a demon, or when you take damage. Once the scare reaches a certain point, the opposing player can take control of your character, weapons and all, and bounce your teammates back. Oh, and you need to manage your flashlight, armor, and even character upgrades in the long run.

Matches are used to light a fire that quells fear for a while and there are consumables that can be used to power up your character in that game. Map pieces have to be found, a dagger is used to slay a group of super powerful demigods, and then you’ll defend the Necronomicon against waves of enemies.

Dead Devil: Game. Credit: Saber Interactive

In short, it’s a hell of a lot to get into. The matches of Evil Dead: Games almost always feels like despair when marching towards some death. Honestly, there’s little between winning and losing, and almost every game feels messy and chaotic. Because of this, individual matches do not have as many characteristics. You trudge through wet forests, steer your car from one target to another and press the melee button until the dead stop or until they knock you to the ground.

Individual characters can be leveled up, as can the three demon armies under the authority of the Kandarian Demon. There are even quests to play through, each featuring an iconic Nightmare moment and leaving you in command. Evil Dead: Games is an uneven pack and an extremely difficult one for new players. The tutorial does its best, but you’ll likely need to play up to five matches before you even figure out the basics. If you’re looking to play the game, make sure you play the Demon tutorial in addition to the mandatory survivor tutorial. Not only does it contextualize your actions while playing as Survivor, it also does a better job of explaining the fear system.

Kelly and Pablo in Evil Dead The Game
Dead Devil: Game. Credit: Saber Interactive

So far, this covers only half of the multiplayer experience. Like controlling Jason in 2013 Friday the 13thManipulating the Kandarian Demon is an entirely different action when compared to the simpler actions of the Survivor-focused gameplay.

I suspect that most players will play as a demon for more than a few tries, while some will log in every day to happily terrorize a bunch of opposing players. When you guide a monstrous Underworld demon through the forest, you really feel like you’re being guided by Raimi. The camera is extremely difficult to control, seemingly more focused on mirroring the director’s distinctive blend of fast zoom, wild tilt, and wobbly motion.

There is a rather long tail to progress in Evil Dead: Games. When you level up Survivor and devil alike, you greatly improve your chances of success. The problem is, the matches really aren’t that deep. You have to play a lot to level up, and with games that feel similar, things get stale pretty quickly. Playing the devil is absolutely the highlight of the two multiplayer options. You can have a lot of fun by trapping enemies, scaring players, and owning cars to take them down.

So who exactly? Evil Dead: Games because the? It lacks the depth of Dead by daylightbut it’s undeniably a great time with a group of friends. Dead Devil Fans will get a huge boost from the sheer volume of homage and candid renditions of classic scenes. If you can get four friends together, or better yet, five, with one demon controller, there are very few games that can be top-notch.

Evil Dead: The game is out now for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X | S. We reviewed it on PS5.

Verdict

Evil Dead: Games is a must-play game for the heads of Raimi, but will be harder to recommend to others. Its Survivor mode is chaotic, with a steep learning curve. Playing as the Devil is the highlight here, and if you can get a bunch of friends together, this 4v1 horror is a hell of a lot of fun.

Advantage

  • Great treatment for Raimi . fans
  • Five Ash Variations
  • Demon mode is an absolute blast
  • Great with a group of friends

Defect

  • Strange matches give the same feeling
  • Too many systems
  • Controlling Demons can be difficult
  • Environments that are difficult to read and navigate

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Emma James

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