Evil Dead: Hail to the King Reviews (Dreamcast)

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Consoles Plus (Feb, 2001)
Un petit jeu attirant, mais desservi par une prise en main douteuse.
Video Games (Jul, 2001)
Zwar merkt man bereits kurz nach dem Einlegen der GD, mit wie viel Liebe zum Detail das Entwickler-Team Heavy Iron Studios die makaberen Abenteuer um Ash, Zombiejäger und Weltenretter wieder Willen, umgesetzt haben, doch einige grobe Patzer vermiesen den Spielspaß gehörig. Wie zu erwarten, wurde aus dem Spiel ein Resident Evil-Klon – bei der Thematik sicherlich auch keine schlechte Entscheidung. Leider krankt Evil Dead an vielen Mängeln, vor denen man im großen Vorbild verschont geblieben ist.
Shop Smart. Shop S-Mart? It’s a hard call to make. Evil Dead: Hail to the King does just enough right to make you truly regret that the game’s potential wasn’t fully realized. Blending graphics, sounds and Bruce Campbell’s voice acting, Heavy Iron Studios has managed to capture the intangible feel of the Evil Dead trilogy perfectly. Unfortunately, the product suffers from poor controls and poor combat graphics, and since these two elements are integral to the actual gameplay, the overall experience suffers greatly. Ultimately, this is a offering no fan of the movies should pass up, since the gameplay is passable and the ambiance has been so perfectly captured that they will enjoy themselves more than they might expect. Those ignorant of the films, unimpressed with Bruce Campbell’s performances, or seeking a true horror title should steer clear of Evil Dead: Hail to the King and turn their attention to offerings with superior gameplay such as Resident Evil: Nemesis or Code Veronica.
Jeuxvideo.com (Jul 30, 2001)
En somme, si l'univers d'Evil Dead est assez fidèlement restitué, ce n'est pas sous son meilleur jour. Cette adaptation ne fait pas mieux que les versions sur les autres supports puisque l'ambiance du titre est toujours aussi fade et le gameplay toujours aussi pauvre. A ceci viennent s'ajouter une maniabilité franchement désagréable et des combats saoulants qui finissent d'enterrer se titre. En Bref, Evil Dead : Hail To The King est un soft que même les fans de Ash auront raison d'éviter.
4Players.de (Jul 23, 2001)
Eigentlich hätte sich die Evil-Dead-Thematik hervorragend als Grundlage für einen Survival-Horror-Trip geeignet. Die spielerische Orientierung an Resident Evil wäre ebenfalls nicht die schlechteste Wahl gewesen, auch wenn Hail To The King über einen Clone-Status kaum hinaus kommt. Aber das grottenschlechte Gameplay und die ständig wiederkehrenden Monstermassen kombiniert mit einem völlig überzogenen Schwierigkeitsgrad versetzen dem Spielspaß schon früh den Todesstoß. So haben selbst eingefleischte Ash-Fans trotz gelungener Atmosphäre und Sprachausgabe von Bruce Campell keine Freude an dieser trashigen Versoftung.
For those who missed my wonderfully insightful review of Hail to the King for PlayStation, allow me to recap but a few of the points made in last month's issue. The game lacks the pacing of the movies, and instead comes off as a weak Resident Evil emulation with Bruce Campbell voice-overs. To top it all off, Evil Dead is impossibly hard thanks to regenerating enemies and needless annoyances such as a hedge maze. The Dreamcast version has better graphics, but looser controls. Remember, shop smart; shop around for a better game than this at S-Mart.
HappyPuppy (Feb 08, 2001)
If only this game had the good control and the creative puzzles of Resident Evil, it might have been a damn fine game. Of course it's not a damn fine game. It's a pretty bad one, but at least it's short.
Planet Dreamcast (Feb 02, 2001)
I may have rambled a bit, but I think the final message is clear: Don't buy this game. You'll be sorry you did. A masterpiece of lazy design strapped onto a fantastic idea, this game uses its license to fool unsuspecting fans of Raimi's films, and of survival horror games in general, into thinking it might live up to its title. Any redeeming features of the game are overshadowed by the fact that it totally fails to be Evil Dead. If this game came out five years ago, it would have been panned as a clone. Now, it's a dated, unenthusiastic clone making a mockery of a brilliant set of films. Don't buy this game. If you see it lying in the middle of the road, don't pick it up. Run. I weep now.
Power Unlimited (Jun, 2001)
Het beste wat je kunt doen als Evil Dead fan is naar de videotheek gaan, de drie films huren en dromen van wat dit spel had kunnen zijn.
True story: I had a dream a couple of nights ago that Andy asked me to write a page on this game. I woke up completely horrified. Later that day I asked him if that had actually happened. "No Kristian," he said. "It was only a bad dream." Thank God. Need I say more?
Gamekult (Jan 03, 2001)
Qui criera le plus au sacrilège ? Les fans de Sam Raimi ou les amateurs de survival horror ? Si la trilogie Evil Dead n'est dans l'absolu pas trop écorchée, Hail to the King souffre des défauts éliminatoires que sont une maniabilité déplorable, et une aventure noyée par trop d'action sans vraie saveur. C'est d'autant plus dommage que les graphismes sont très corrects (arrières plans précalculés sublimes, effets gore parfois très réussis). Si un plus grand soin avait été apporté à l'ergonomie et à l'équilibre entre action et aventure, Hail to the King aurait pu être un jeu fort sympathique. Mais avec des "si"...
The Video Game Critic (Sep 28, 2001)
Fighting is nothing but button mashing, and it gets so tiresome that you'll soon try to avoid confrontation altogether. Unfortunately, the creatures regenerate constantly and love to block your path. It's especially painful when you get lost in the endless maze behind the cabin. Hail to the King fails to capture the edginess or humor of the movie, and poor control and repetitive action are like nails in the coffin.