After seeing a few reviews for this game and hearing people hate maniacally on it, I was given the opportunity to give it a spin. Personally, I'm a big Evil Dead fangirl and so the fact this game was in my hands could've been considered a blessing or a curse. If any of you had played the previous two games, you would've known that they could've kept up with the disgusting ways in which they were crafting the series or they could've finally grown some gonads and stepped up. Well, as much as most people might hate on this game, I must say that I was actually pretty impressed.
You start the game off in what seems to be a tutorial mode in which you're taking down the Deadites within that fated cabin in the woods. After grasping ahold of your trusty chainsaw and your glorious boomstick, you take the helm of figuring out the targeting system and all done with Bruce Campbell's darling quips in the background.
As it turns out, everyone thinks Ash is crazy and seeing as how he's turned into an electric field-wielding killing machine before, they lock him up in a mental institution. Ash's lawyer tries to get him off, but can only seemingly point out that the Professor's diary was in his psychiatrists office. Strange things are soon to follow and it's only a matter of time before you're leading a dazed and confused Ash through the destroyed mental hospital. The insane aspects of this game are how much they did keep in check of the series, with the Sam Raimi humor and camera angles, you almost feel as if you're watching a new movie altogether.
I can understand where people would be soured by certain points of the game. The game takes a lot from the Devil May Cry series and I'm unsure if perhaps it was just an idea to bring those aspects in, but it definitely made me point and squeal "Holy crap, they're so robbing DMC in this!". It kind of blew my mind to think that THQ didn't contemplate the fact they were snatching the same dual-wielding or targeting system either. You can knock an enemy into the air and then shoot them until they fall down. Crazy stuff, I tell you.
The controls are certainly easy to figure out and for those of you out there that are used to the kind of platform game where you run from area to area and dispatch baddies just to open up a new door or level, this is your game. With the help of Ash's sardonic quips, you find out ways around puzzles much easier than the more difficult games like Devil May Cry. Also introduced is a lot more difficult and trickier brand of fighting off major bosses. Actual physics come into play and make it much more interesting to wind your way around fighting someone in a flood basement who controls electricity. Yeah, wrap your head around that one.
What totally struck me when I popped in the game was that the graphics weren't molded to be overly realistic. In a way, they have an almost comic book-ish feel to them and I love that. While keeping with the blood-and-guts raunch and yet bring your mind's eye right back to the movies, they entertain you with the facial expressions and gestures. It's really very interesting but keep in mind, this isn't a game you pick up if you're looking for graphical ingenue. It's fun, real fun and that's what the game was meant to be, not a technological achievement.
What brings you in from the get-go is the fact that you are immersed immediately in the storyline from the second you bust your way through Deadites and haunted furniture. I don't care what kind of person you are, this game is just plain entertaining. I think people put way too much stock on every game being better than the next game and while I totally agree that the Evil Dead series of games lacked, I believe that for what it's worth, this game brought it all to fruition. See? We suffered through Evil Dead : Hail to the King and we trudged onward with Evil Dead : Fistful of Boomstick all so that we could come to the deliciously devilish title known as Evil Dead : Regeneration.
Set at a delightful price tag of $19.99, how could you not want to pick up a game with that much entertainment value? Take it for what it is and get your hands on it as soon as you possibly can!
With that said, lay some sugar on me!