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Evil Dead: Hail to the King

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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.


Evil Dead: Hail to the King PlayStation Generator
Evil Dead: Hail to the King Windows Ash battles the Evil Tree. At least he doesn't have to put up with any sicko tentacle lovin' like in Evil Dead 2
Evil Dead: Hail to the King Windows The Church Door puzzle in an in-jokey homage to the original Evil Dead
Evil Dead: Hail to the King PlayStation Bathroom

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

The Press Says

Game Vortex Windows 2001 80 out of 100 80
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Jul, 2001 61 out of 100 61
GamePro (US) PlayStation Feb 20, 2004 3 out of 5 60
Quebec Gamers PlayStation Mar 07, 2013 5.9 out of 10 59
Game Informer Magazine Dreamcast Mar, 2001 4.5 out of 10 45
Planet Dreamcast Dreamcast Feb 02, 2001 4 out of 10 40
Power Unlimited Dreamcast Jun, 2001 40 out of 100 40
Game Over Online Windows May 14, 2001 32 out of 100 32
Gamekult Dreamcast Jan 03, 2001 3 out of 10 30
The Video Game Critic Dreamcast Sep 28, 2001 D 25


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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.


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


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.


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.

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