Evil Dead: Hail to the King Reviews (PlayStation)

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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 2.4
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 2.2
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 2.3
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 2.2
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 2.4
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.1
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 2.5
Overall User Score (10 votes) 2.3

Critic Reviews

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Gameswelt (Aug 02, 2001)
Mir hat die PSone-Variante von 'Evil Dead: Hail to the King' nicht sehr viel Freude bereitet. Zugegeben, die Story an sich ist durchaus gut gelungen und passt zur Filmvorlage. Aber die Entwickler haben den Einstieg viel zu frustrierend gestaltet - das Spiel wird nicht schwerer, sondern hat zu Beginn bereits das Maximum erreicht. Die Steuerung und der magere Umfang sind nicht überzeugend, das Gameplay zu schnell langweilig und grafisch gibt es auch nur Magerkost. Daher hat sich das Warten für PSone-Besitzer wahrlich nicht gelohnt - glücklicherweise gibt es genügend tolle Alternativen.
GamePro (US) (Feb 20, 2004)
Hardcore Evil Dead fans want to like Evil Dead: Hail to the King so much that like zombies, they just might suffer through this CD’s imprecise gameplay and rough-hewn graphics. They’ll be rewarded by plenty of great visual references to the films, that unfortunately range from raggedy, uninspired monster designs to cool cinematic story sequences. Also, Bruce Campbell’s now-classic one-liners (Come get some!) are a major plus. However, it’s a mystery (and a shame) why with solid survival horror games like Nightmare Creatures or the Resident Evil series out there as examples, a can’t-miss movie license like Evil Dead couldn’t have faired better. Hold out hope that better versions of this game will show.
Quebec Gamers (Mar 07, 2013)
Une chose est sure, si vous passez par dessus le système de combat archaïque, Hail to the King a du bon à offrir. Il réussit bien à capter l'essence des trois films. Il a le côté macabre et isolé du premier, l'humour noir et la folie du deuxième, et les one-liners du troisième. Revisiter des endroits comme la petite cabane, le pont détruit, la forêt brumeuse, et l'époque médiévale tout en regardant quelques cinématiques cheaps avec la voix de Bruce Campbell était vraiment cool! Même si A Fistful of Boomstick et Regeneration sont techniquement de meilleurs jeux, j'ai toujours préféré Hail to the King car c'est le seul qui me ramène dans l'atmosphère des vieux Evil Dead. C'est peut-être même un classique culte à en devenir, autant pour les bonnes que les mauvaises raisons!
One would think the developers would understand some of the play mechanics that made Resident Evil cool, considering they decided to emulate that classic game. Nothing shocks or surprises you, aside from the fact that so many horrible decisions conceived this blundering zombie of a game. Enemies regenerate constantly, even as you're picking up items from the last battle. Combat is absurd, and the lack of variety in weapons (there are guns, but almost no ammo) make it a total bore. It's not scary, funny, or even gory. This Evil Dead stinks like a rotting, disembodied hand. If you love Evil Dead and want more, I suggest checking out Peter Jackson's Bad Taste and Dead Alive (the unedited version). You'll probably completely forget about this game when you see a man liquefy a house full of zombies with a lawnmower strapped to his waist.
Jeuxvideo.com (Jul 27, 2001)
Un jeu qui n'a que son nom pour susciter l'intérêt des fans de survival-horror. Le soft ne procure en lui-même aucune des sensations recherchées habituellement dans ce genre de soft. L'angoisse est ici carrément absente et ce ne sont pas son gameplay et sa réalisation qui sauveront le jeu d'une note très moyenne.
4Players.de (Jul 24, 2001)
Leider macht Evil Dead auf der PSone eine genauso schlechte Figur wie auf dem Dreamcast. Die audiovisuell eingeschränkten Fähigkeiten der Sony-Konsole wurden zwar besser ausgenutzt und das Bewegungsrepertoire Ashs minimal erweitert. An der allgemein miesen Steuerung und dem enttäuschenden Gameplay hat sich aber nichts geändert. Nach wie vor zehren immer wieder auferstehende Gegner und eine lachhafte Kollisionsabfrage an den Nerven des Spielers. So ist und bleibt Hail To The King auch auf der PSone einer der schlechtesten Resident-Evil-Clones, der weder Survival-Horror- noch Evil-Dead-Fans zufriedenstellt.
IGN (Dec 05, 2000)
Sure enough, she's an nasty one. Raimi may have wanted to add to the legacy of the Evil Dead series with a new chapter of Evil Dead, but he may as well have done a videogame version of "For Love Of The Game" -- at least baseball games have enough sense to swing only one bat. Instead, all we've learned from this new Evil Dead is that, eight years after our last meeting, Ash is blind like Urkel, as nimble as a truck on ice, and couldn't fight a playground toddler if his life depended on it. Great, can't wait to see what the next chapter adds...
I consider Evil Dead: Hail to the King an utter tragedy. There's so many ways this game could have gone right, I have trouble comprehending how it turned out so bad. A 4.5 is a horrible score, but if this didn't have the Evil Dead license I may have given it a negative rating. The only thing it does right is swallow your soul.
GameSpot (Dec 11, 2000)
Had the battle sequences not been so maddeningly frustrating and frequent, Evil Dead: Hail to the King would at least weigh in as a decent Resident Evil clone, but they work to make the game almost unplayable. The fights even undermine the otherwise decent puzzle-solving elements, since you're required to do a lot of backtracking across areas where Deadites constantly respawn.
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.