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The Evil Dead License hasn’t had much luck in the videogame world, seeing the release of Evil Dead: Hail to the King, a terrible survival horror game, and Evil Dead: Fist Full of Boomstick, a disappointing State of Emergency-esque title. After two games like those, I’d argue there’s enough reason for anyone to throw in the towel and move on, but THQ and Cranky Pants Games are seemingly a bit more patient than I am, as they’ve had one more go at the license in Evil Dead: Regeneration. I’m glad they did too, because it seems the third time is the charm, and this is the game series fans have been waiting for all this time.
Bruce Campbell may be a B-movie star, but up until now, all the games he's starred in have been D-list. With a budget price and little sign of innovation, one could easily write off Evil Dead Regeneration as more of the same. In actuality, it's a great little game -- chock full of humor, gameplay twists, and top-notch voice work that's closer to what film fans love Bruce Campbell for: It's not grade A, but it makes up for it in personality.
Back in the day, when we were all much younger, an Evil Dead video game sounded like a natural move for the franchise. Ash was practically a video game hero already, with his infinite supply of shotgun shells, constant supply of bad one-liners, and ability to brush off attacks that should have, by rights, crippled him. Even better, he fought zombies, which are in the top ten all-time video game antagonists.
Evil Dead Regeneration delivers a solid action gaming experience that will easily appeal to the fans of the movies. The game very effectively captures and recreates the essence of the movies. Evil Dead Regeneration is full of excellent Bruce Campbell one-liners that will make the fans smile. The interaction between Ash and Sam throughout the game is very amusing and the voice work is excellent. Even gamers who have never seen the movies might appreciate over-the-top action. The graphics may not be the most fabulous you have seen, but they do get the job done. However, considerable technical problems take away from the experience. And even though the game is short, some of the repetitive elements might make you happy when it is finally over. If you are looking for an opportunity to slaughter a horde of zombies and like the Evil Dead setting, consider giving Evil Dead Regeneration a try. Just make sure you go in expecting to run into some issues.
For a $20 game, Evil Dead Regeneration is a pretty good buy. It’s a standard action/adventure game, but fans of the films and/or Bruce Campbell are the ones apt to get the most enjoyment out of it. For anyone else, I’d heartily recommend rental if you need a quick game to play and enjoy over a weekend. You can pretty much complete it 100% over the course of two days and I enjoyed myself blasting and sawing deadites into pieces. If you’re a real fan of the Evil Dead mythos I’d suggest you just go ahead and buy it. At $20, it’s just the cost of three rentals and the extras with Bruce and Ted are hilarious.
The dialog and voiceovers are the best features of the game. The developers acknowledge this by offering, as an unlockable, a behind-the-scenes documentary of Mr. Campbell performing his voiceovers for the game. At the very least you should rent this game for the laughs if nothing else. If you can think of a better way to celebrate the arrival of Halloween than you're probably dead already.
Evil Dead Regeneration is the best Evil Dead game to be released to date. For the low price they are asking any Evil Dead fan or action gamer needs to check this out. Ash is back with some Bubba Ho-Tep style. Hail to the king, baby!
The Evil Dead movies were good almost in spite of themselves, but those creative talents sadly went on to bigger and better things, casting much doubt on the chances for any feature-length Evil Dead follow-ups. Luckily, THQ has seen fit to continue the series in video game form, to mixed results (A Fistful of Boomstick? No, thanks). The great news is that Evil Dead: Regeneration is easily the best Evil Dead game yet.
In the end, Regeneration is easily the best Evil Dead game available. If you can look past some nasty bugs and the ugly presentation of the game, you'll find six or seven hours of fun here. There are also some great extras to unlock, including video clips of Bruce doing the voice work for the game. You can't help but feel a bit let down though, because if a little more time had been spent polishing the presentation and fixing the bugs, this game could have been a lot better than it ultimately is.
While the Evil Dead based games of the past have fizzled and flopped, Regeneration actually showed promise. After finishing the final copy of the game, we're happy to report improved framerates, polished cinematics, crisper sound effects, and superbly voiced characters. Underlying some of the game's polish, however, is a flawed combo system, repetitive level design, stale storyline, and a jarringly short play length that should ward off casual action fans and attract only those who consider themselves fans of the Evil Dead series.
This game has been kind of a bittersweet experience for me. On one hand, I really dig the whole Evil Dead universe and playing as Ash can really be a hoot with all that shotgunning and chainsawing. But on the other hand, the game suffers from silly finishing moves and phrases that are delivered poorly.
What is something that's offensively dull? It's a sitcom that never wavers from the "my husband is such an idiot" and "my wife never wants to get frisky" jokes, or an action game so by-the-numbers that you snort sarcastically when the "Loading....Sewer Level" screen pops-up. In case you hadn't figured it out, Evil Dead: Regeneration is that predictable action game that isn't broken, but instead is so lacking in intensity and creativity that dullness is its biggest problem.
The Evil Dead films seem like they should make the transition to video games seamlessly and almost without effort. Two dismal attempts in the past have, however, revealed this to be far from the case. While the majority of gamers out there may be jaded and past caring at this point, the irony is that THQ and Cranky Pants Games have finally got it right. Their latest foray into the license, Evil Dead Regeneration, marries the film series' personality and humor with competent gameplay resulting in actual, bona-fide, gory and hilarious fun.
Here is a perfectly competent example of that same third-person action game you've played, like, 100 times now. It's got pretty good graphics (bonus points for the expressive Bruce Campbell likeness) and dumb-fun combo-y combat -- torch Deadites with the flamethrower on your right hand, blow 'em to Hell with the infinite, auto-targeting, double-penetration rocket launcher on your left.
Though it's nothing stellar, Regeneration does have some nice things going for it -- a great sense of humor, nice visuals, and it captures the feel of the movies faithfully. The folks over at Cranky Pants Games really show that they love the source material and want to do it justice. It may not be for everyone, but if you're a fan of the Evil Dead series, chances are you're going to totally dig it.
Overall, Regeneration isn't a truly bad game, just a fairly generic one tied to a revered license. As much as I love the movies, some franchises simply weren't meant to become games, and perhaps the Evil Dead series is among them.
You have to credit Evil Dead: Regeneration for almost living up to its name by breathing some new life back into an abysmal video-game franchise. Still, this regeneration is a far-cry from a revolution and must be content with being familiar, satisfying, and diminutive. At any rate, Ash is again the champion of low-budget. All hail.
Encore une fois, c'est la déception pour les fans de Ash, qui voient leur héros déjanté évoluer dans un énième titre médiocre cumulant des défauts qui concourent tous au même résultat : l'ennui, total et absolu.