Evil Dead: Hail to the King - Dreamcast

Also known as: Evil Dead: Ashes 2 Ashes

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Also for: PC, PlayStation
Viewed: 3D Third-person, floating camera Genre:
Combat Game
Arcade origin:No
Developer: Heavy Iron Soft. Co.: THQ
Publishers: THQ (GB)
Released: 22 Jun 2001 (GB)
Ratings: 15+, ESRB Rating Pending
Accessories: Visual Memory Card


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After lying dormant in the video basements of thousands of rental shops for almost twenty years, the Evil Dead franchise has risen once again. Only this time it’s here to haunt and terrify the game playing public. Subtitled Hail to the King, the new Evil Dead game gives the survival horror genre a whole new meaning.

Due for release across several platforms, the Dreamcast version is evidently one of the better looking versions. Although developed in a 2D environment, featuring classic back drops similar to the Resident Evil games, the polygonal characters, demons and monsters look stunningly realistic and scary. The environments you wander around are typically dark and eerie, subjecting the player to plenty of unpleasant surprises. Shortly after taking control of the lead character, Ash (played by none other than Bruce Campbell himself), screaming ghost-like creatures make an appearance and are quite startling. The further you get into the game, the more populated the stages become, often forcing you to retreat as opposed to attack. There are twenty sinister creatures in total to obliterate. Thankfully, the game allows the player to carry two different weapons simultaneously (the chainsaw being the most popular), making the tasks at hand a little easier. If you’re especially lucky, you can use the speech command of the game to scare away these sinister beings.

Although Evil Dead is not a highly innovative game, the game’s ability to create a tense and atmospheric environment keeps the player reluctantly glued to the TV screen. Now that’s addiction.


Evil Dead: Hail to the King - Dreamcast Artwork

Evil Dead: Hail to the King - Dreamcast Artwork

Evil Dead: Hail to the King - Dreamcast Artwork