fine for a movie to be bad as long as it has some redeeming
quality about it such as a sense of humor. The Evil
Dead series is a perfect example of bad but funny movies.
That doesn't quite work the same way for videogames.
A bad game is a bad game. In order to make a game that
appears bad but is actually good requires tremendous
production techniques and a huge budget, something that
none of the Evil Dead games have ever had. Evil Dead:
Regeneration is certainly the best of the trilogy but
there are a few skeletons in the ointment.
Campbell is the epitome of a B-movie star. I'm not
making fun of him he actually admits it in his book,
If Chins Could Talk: Confessions of a B-Movie Actor.
I would recommend getting this book over the game
if you're a Bruce Campbell fan. Mr. Campbell is a
great storyteller with no pretensions. He's as refreshing
as the bumbling character that he plays in the Evil
Dead series which you'll learn all about. Ash has
risen from the ashes of obscurity to once again kick
some undead butt back to Hell. So strap on that chainsaw
and let's go make a few ghosts.
has an all-new storyline but don't worry, things still
begin at the cabin which is under attack by a crew
of deadites that Ash is able to slaughter. The problem
is that the cops don't believe him and think that
the slain bodies are the work of a psychotic. Ash
is taken to mental hospital where he discovers that
an evil doctor is performing experiments in the basements
using the Necronomicron. In the process a variety
of ungodly creatures, deadites and monsters are being
created with subsequent mutations. As horrendous as
this premise may sound, Ash is still able to maintain
his sense of humor.
is a new addition to the series. He's a mutated deadite
that is only a few feet tall but has a mouth on him
that you'd like to permanently close with your boot.
The interesting thing is that he's your partner and
while he's capable of getting killed, he regenerates
instantly making him useful for a variety of situations.
You can kick him into dangerous situations to test
the waters. Throw him at an enemy and at times he
will rip the head off of them while other times he'll
get his assed handed to him. You can use him to solve
puzzles and even possess him to access areas that
are too small for Ash. He's a good addition to the
series and gives Ash someone to verbally spar with.
There is lots of dialog and it's very well acted.
You're bound to laugh out loud at many irreverent
saved the low-budget Evil Dead movies but it doesn't
help the low budget presentation of the game. The
graphics are blocky and low res, there is clipping
right through walls, the enemy performs the same attacks
over and over and never gets more challenging and
Ash himself is hard to control when jumping from platform
to platform. None of these issues are enough to ruin
the game individually but when you add them up it's
like sitting in the middle of a bee farm with honey
on your head.
not impossible to overlook some of these problems
and get on with the game. Ash is able to attach a
number of different weapons to the stump of his right
arm including a flamethrower, harpoon and the classic,
chainsaw. With a shotgun in his left hand you have
the ultimate Evil Dead combo which is useful for most
of the game, but it's nice to harpoon the deadites
and other monsters and reel them in for a nice blast
to the head with the shotgun.
moves add a nice gory and violent touch. When an enemy
is on his last leg he will turn a shade of green whereupon
you get in close and administer the coup de grace
- often involving some method of head removal. Ash
also has a rage meter that builds up as he gathers
floating orbs from dead enemies. Once engaged, Ash
transforms into a super-powerful demon that has more
powerful attacks and faster moves.
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.
THQ Inc. today announced Evil Dead Regeneration for
the Xbox video game system from Microsoft and the
PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system and Windows.
The game explores a "what if..." continuation
from Evil Dead 2, one of the most unhinged films from
famed director Sam Raimi. Voiced by Bruce Campbell,
players will control Ash, the reluctant hero of the
series, as they're thrown into a masquerade of evil
events, equipped with the latest in prosthetic fashion.
Developed by THQ studio Cranky Pants Games, Evil Dead
Regeneration is scheduled to release this summer.
come to understand that there is only one person in
this world fit for this kind of work," said Ash,
part-time S-Mart manager, full-time fox. "And
that's me. Not because of my knack to get things right,
most of the time, but because I can slice and dice
evil better than a knife sold on any late-night infomercial.
Maybe it's partially to the fact that I've replaced
one of my hands with a chainsaw, but I digress."
Dead Regeneration follows Ash, the lone survivor of
a camp discovering the Necronomicon -- the wholly
evil book of the dead. Thought to have murdered his
companions, Ash is arrested, convicted of the crime,
and sentenced to Sunny Meadows, an institute for the
criminally insane, but not for long. Ash's peaceful
stay is about to end -- thanks to the perverted experiments
of his very own psychiatrist, Dr. Reinhard. Hell-bent
on using science to harness the Necronomicon's powers,
the mad doctor unleashes the book's all-powerful Evil
on the world -- releasing a new slew of Deadites,
monsters and spirits, twisting reality into a hellish
strudel and leaving mankind with that not-so-fresh
our goal to create the spiritual successor of Evil
Dead 2, one of the seminal action films ever, in pop-culture,"
said David Bollesen, general manager, Cranky Pants
Games. "Having Bruce Campbell on board, providing
creative direction and embracing new ideas we've injected
into their universe is critical, and their enthusiasm
continues to drive us to deliver the ultimate Evil