In 1981, Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead hit theaters, becoming a cult classic and kickstarting one of the horror genre’s longest-running media franchises. The Evil Dead was followed by two sequels, a reboot, a TV series, comic book tie-ins, musicals, and of course, various video game adaptations. The Evil Dead franchise is still going strong in 2022, with Evil Dead Rise set to hit HBO Max later this year, and asymmetric multiplayer horror game Evil Dead: The Game available now.
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Evil Dead: The Game follows in the footsteps of titles like Friday the 13th: The Game and Behaviour Interactive’s Dead by Daylight. In it, a group of four survivors play as various characters from the Evil Dead franchise, while one player plays as the demonic entities that stalk them. In each match, the survivors have to collect map fragments, use the Kandarian Dagger to banish the Dark Ones, and ultimately lock the demons away, all the while the demon player does everything they can to stop them.
Evil Dead: The Game offers four different classes for survivors and a handful of characters to choose from, though three of the classes feature a variation of franchise protagonist Ash Williams. Admittedly, the game lacks character variety, but to be fair, the Evil Dead franchise doesn’t really lend itself well to it anyway. While Ash has had his allies over the years, most of the films and the TV show have revolved around Ash’s struggles against the demonic Deadite creatures. Ash’s appearances in film and on television have spanned decades, so there is at least still some variety in how the different Ashes look in the game.
Once Evil Dead: The Game players have selected their characters, they are let loose in one of two large maps filled with Point of Interest locations that should be familiar to longtime fans. Having only two maps is disappointing, but they’re sizable enough that it will still likely take a few hours of play before players have…