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Evil Dead: Hail to the King

MobyRank MobyScore
Dreamcast
45
2.8
PlayStation
49
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 Old lady
Evil Dead: Hail to the King Windows Ash takes time out to neck with an old girlfriend.
Evil Dead: Hail to the King Windows Hail to the King's first boss battle, against poor old granny whose been mutated into a spider deadite
Evil Dead: Hail to the King Windows Ash comes face to gaping maw with the Kandarian Demon responsible for this whole mess.

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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)

The Press Says

Consoles Plus Dreamcast Feb, 2001 80 out of 100 80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Dreamcast Jan 10, 2001 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Windows May 15, 2001 51 out of 100 51
4Players.de Dreamcast Jul 23, 2001 47 out of 100 47
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation Feb, 2001 4.5 out of 10 45
IGN PlayStation Dec 05, 2000 4.5 out of 10 45
ActionTrip Windows Apr 13, 2001 40 out of 100 40
Game Informer Magazine Dreamcast Mar, 2001 3.75 out of 10 38
GameSpot Windows Apr 30, 2001 3.4 out of 10 34
PC Jeux Windows Jul, 2001 10 out of 100 10

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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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