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Evil Dead: Hail to the King

Critic Score User Score
Dreamcast
45
2.8
PlayStation
51
2.5
Windows
46
2.3
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Description

Ash, the square-jawed, insult-spewing, shotgun-toting, chainsaw-armed hero from the cult classic Evil Dead trilogy is back. Picking up eight years after the last installment of the Evil Dead films, Ash is drawn back to the infamous cabin in the woods only to again face evil forces that have crossed over to our world. Our hero finds himself slicing and dicing carnivorous Kandarian demons, vicious deadites, and other unspeakable atrocities spawned by the notorious Book of the Dead. And in true Evil Dead fashion, Ash must once again attempt to save the world from an appalling and horrific end. Evil Dead: Hail to the King is a survival horror game with over-the-top bloodlust and signature Ash humor--all within the confines of the Evil Dead universe.

Screenshots

Evil Dead: Hail to the King PlayStation Gas tank for the chainsaw
Evil Dead: Hail to the King Windows Ash battles his skeletal doppleganger inside the church. Unintentional Ecstatica reference, maybe?
Evil Dead: Hail to the King Windows Ash joins the proud ranks of all those axe wielding maniacs who spent their time chasing boyscouts through the woods with a chainsaw.
Evil Dead: Hail to the King Windows The basic inventory screen.

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User Reviews

A perfect example of a brilliant idea going horribly wrong. Windows Sycada (175)
Evil Dead: Hail to the king rules Dreamcast Ryan Cerny (3)

Critic Reviews

Consoles Plus Dreamcast Feb, 2001 80 out of 100 80
Game Vortex Windows 2001 80 out of 100 80
PC Action Windows May 03, 2001 66 out of 100 66
GamePro (US) PlayStation Feb 20, 2004 3 out of 5 60
PC Zone Windows Aug 13, 2001 5.6 out of 10 56
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Windows May 15, 2001 51 out of 100 51
4Players.de PlayStation Jul 24, 2001 49 out of 100 49
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation Feb, 2001 4.5 out of 10 45
Power Unlimited Dreamcast Jun, 2001 40 out of 100 40
Game Informer Magazine Dreamcast Mar, 2001 3.75 out of 10 38

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Trivia

Ending (Army of Darkness spoiler!)

The ending to the game is obviously a homage to the original ending of Army of Darkness, in which Ash ends up stranded and alone in a post-apocalyptic world. As this was considered too dark for domestic audiences, the American version of the film was given a happier, save-the-day-get-the-girl ending that the more hardcore of the film's fans found dissatisfying.

Extras

A trailer for the game comes on the DVD for Evil Dead 2.

Sounds

Much of the short "jump" music that plays when a monster pops out in front of you can also be heard in the PC game Nocturne by Terminal Reality.

Soundtrack

Like the game's soundtrack, but don't want to spend additional money on the soundtrack CD THQ is advertising? Don't worry, the game's entire soundtrack is available in the program folder in Evildead/Evildead/Data/ unencrypted in WAV format. Just listen to it in Winamp. This only applies to the PC version, however.

Information also contributed by Alan Chan

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