Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick

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Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick

Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick

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After the Necronomicon is read aloud in a local television program, Deadites are running amok in the small town of Dearborn, Michigan. It's once again up to Ash ( Bruce Campbell) to fix things up by killing every sorry-ass deadite in his way and even travelling through time. Bruce Campbell doesn't come through very well in this - I really enjoyed his lines in Tachyon: The Fringe, but here, he seems to be dragged down by uninspired writing and tired old references. His in-game model doesn't come off very well, either: See that odd Ash action figure on the cover? The in-game one is about the same, only cornier.

If you haven’t played the previous Evil Dead game I mentioned earlier, it’s of little consequence, as this game has a self-contained story line, which doesn’t require any extra information. The crux of the game-play here is a mixture of action, adventure and exploration, and some puzzles solving, in dispersed with a fairly good narrative, of which I’ll go into some more detail later.It's nice to see that games are starting to move away from the formula of basing their games directly on specific movies. Like Enter the Matrix, Evil Dead utilizes the license to tell a story about Ash and the Deadites that doesn't exist in any of the movies. For fans of the campy horror films, the story is instantly recognizable, but it's delivered in the signature style of Bruce Campbell. It must be said, history dictated contemporary Evil Dead outings always had their home on the Playstation formats, and this rendition of the game is PS-2 shovel-ware in the first degree, with the only things to remind you you’re not sitting in front of that aforementioned machine are the grooves of your controller, and the obligatory saving to the Box’ hard disk. But all is not lost however, cause’ the game proves itself to be not half bad on its own merits. On this occasion, with a brand new story based on the world created in the Evil Dead films, Ash can teleport to 4 distinct eras of Dearborn, to not only see how the invasion of the dead took place all those years ago, but to watch in horror as they multiply and control the world they now live in. And the Adventure Continues: At the end, it's revealed that Ash is in feudal Japan after having botched the sealing spell after beating Trisha. The Evil then starts possessing the palace guards, leaving Ash to fight his way out.

There are two modes of play here, story mode and arcade mode, while the former is the chief bulk of the game, and the latter is kind of a “replay value” after thought. Idle Animation: There's a standard idle animations like Ash twirling his gun around, but if left in one spot for an extended period of time, the camera would actually zoom in and swing around to face Ash head on, eliciting a "Um.... Hellooooo?" from our hero.

The voice overs from the various other players are done well enough, and there aren’t any real problems here. In terms of sound effects, you are catered for nicely with what you would come to expect, much gun fire and explosions which are complimented with a good deal of punch, incessant buzzing of chainsaws, and the following squeals from the things on the receiving end of your implements of death are also well realised. Though most deadites end their term in a spray of giblets and dismembered limbs, the combat itself isn't so satisfying.

There are a few pre rendered cut-scenes lightly peppered through the game, which admittedly look much prettier than the in-game stuff, with striking facial animations and gestures and an overall high level of polish. These provide an interesting diversion for some good narrative, and add some spice to the proceedings. The polygon count for all the various models here is quite low, as you might expect, and it’s all fairly flatly textured, and as for pixel shading . . . forget it. Prior to being "acquired" by Ash Williams, the shotgun was owned by Raymond Knowby, who presumably used it for hunting on the property which the Knowby Cabin was located. It is unknown if Raymond bought the gun new or second-hand.Arm Cannon: In the museum, Ash finds a fluid cannon for his stump that coats enemies in gasoline, allowing them to be set on fire with one shot; it gets upgraded into a flamethrower during the colonial era. During the Civil War era, Ash also gets a Gatling gun to strap to his stump. Wait until he is walking toward a barrel and gets close to it. Then, shoot the barrel and it will explode, flipping him over. Start shooting him after he flips over. Later in the fight, he will start charging you. When this happens, run along the walls until he runs into one, then start shooting him. Obfuscating Stupidity: Both Dr. Eldridge and Trisha Pettywood. Dr. Eldridge pretends to be an Absent-Minded Professor who's way out of his depth in studying the Necronomicon, while Trisha pretends to be a flirty, air-headed TV presenter. They're actually trying to use the Kandarian summoning stone to Take Over the World. Another good thing in the realm of sound is the music. It swells whenever a threat approaches, so the music (as in a horror film) is dynamic and actually helps the experience of the game. The melodies are straight out of a horror film (think frantic), and build the sense of urgency and danger.

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