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Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick – Second Opinion

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Mike B. is right in saying that Evil Dead: A Fistful Of Boomstick is better than the previous Evil Dead attempt, but that's sort of like saying that eating eight pounds of crap is better than ten. Technically, it is better but when you get right down to it, so what? It's still crap, and no amount of embedded sweet corn can make it tasty.

It's a crying shame that this particular license got trashed again. The films are great, I'm a huge Bruce Campbell fan, and by all logic the movies should be a natural fit for interactive entertainment. It's a lot easier to fall in love with a cheesy movie than it is with a low-quality videogame, though.

Put simply: the graphics are totally undercooked, the fetchquests will drive you nuts, and it's no fun getting mobbed by hordes of undead freakazoids when you're struggling to stay alive. Despite the chainsaw on Ash's severed stump and the double-barreled shotgun on his back, at no point did I ever feel that I was a match for the continuous gangbangs I found myself caught in the middle of. I'm going to have to disagree with Mike when he says that hacking and slashing will get you through. My advice is to prepare to die a lot while you wander aimlessly up and down the drab streets of Michigan.

Given that the game itself is rotten, I was hoping that Bruce Campbell's voice acting would help dull the pain of play. No dice. Honestly speaking, it sounds as though ol' big-chin didn't have his heart in the line readings. The spark and verve that comes across so clearly in his on-screen performances just isn't there. I'm sure he must be tired of milking the Evil Dead gravy train after all these years, but something needed to carry the game and it sure ain't the gameplay. Bruce does get the game minor points just for showing up, though. Once that's noted, there's not much else to say. The game's a total washout, and only of interest to people who are extreme hardcore fans of the source material (and maybe not even then.)

As an extra, the disc contains a neat little "making-of" featurette where the creators share their enthusiasm and ideas about working on Evil Dead: A Fistful Of Boomstick. Seeing them look so positive and excited about this terrible product is quite jarring, and I could hardly believe they were talking about the substandard game I was playing. Do yourself a favor and rent the outstanding Evil Dead film trilogy or anything with Bruce Campbell in it instead of wasting time and money on this sad little affair—hopefully the third time will be the charm for Evil Dead if Fistful Of Boomstick hasn't already killed off the franchise. Rating: 3.5 out of 10

Disclaimer: This review is based on the Xbox version of the game.

Category Tags
Platform(s): Xbox   PS2  
Developer(s): VIS  
Publisher: THQ  
Genre(s): Horror  
ESRB Rating: Mature (17+)  
Articles: Game Reviews  

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