Evil Dead: Hail to the King

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Evil Dead: Hail to the King
Evil Dead - Hail to the King Coverart.png
North American PlayStation cover art
Developer(s) Heavy Iron Studios
Publisher(s) THQ
Composer(s) Jack Wall
Platform(s) PlayStation, Dreamcast, Microsoft Windows
Release date(s)
  • NA: December 4, 2000 (PS)
  • NA: December 17, 2000 (DC)
  • NA: March 27, 2001 (PC)
  • EU: June 22, 2001
Genre(s) Survival horror
Mode(s) Single-player

Evil Dead: Hail to the King is a survival horror video game developed by Heavy Iron Studios and published by THQ released for the PlayStation, Dreamcast and Microsoft Windows.

Gameplay[edit]

Evil Dead: Hail to the King functions much like a Resident Evil game, containing similar features such as pre-rendered backgrounds and semi-fixed camera angles, as well as limited ammunition and fuel for the chainsaw. The player controls the character by pushing the d-pad or analog stick left or right to rotate the character and then move the character forward or backwards by the pushing the d-pad up or down.

Enemies the player faces include the Deadites, animated skeletons, and possessed "Hellbillies" and Wolverine scouts.

Plot[edit]

The game takes place eight years after the events of Army of Darkness. After regaining his job at S-Mart and beginning a new relationship with fellow employee Jenny, Ashley "Ash" Williams begins suffering from recurring nightmares about the Necronomicon and the Deadites, which haunt him for years. Wanting to help him, Jenny decides to take Ash back to Professor Knowby's old cabin to help him face his demons.

However, shortly after arriving, Ash's possessed severed hand appears and plays Knowby's old cassette containing the Necronomicon's incantation once again. Despite Ash's attempts to stop it, the evil once again awakens in the woods, smashing through the window and kidnapping Jenny. When Ash goes to grab an axe above the mirror, his evil twin, Bad Ash exits the mirror and knocks him unconscious. After awakening, Ash quickly goes out to the workshed and reassembles his chainsaw-hand before going out to stop the Necronomicon and save Jenny.

After reading some of Professor Knowby's notes, Ash learns of a priest named Father Allard, whom Knowby was working with to decipher the Necronomicon and send the evil back to where it came. Upon consulting Father Allard at his church, Ash departs to gather the five missing pages from the Necronomicon and the Kandarian Dagger, the latter of which he obtains from a possessed Annie Knowby in the cabin's fruit cellar. After the two come across a possessed Jenny, Father Allard use the pages and the dagger to create a portal and exorcise the demons from Jenny's body. However, Allard then reveals himself to be Bad Ash in disguise, who promptly kidnaps Jenny and jumps into the portal with Ash in hot pursuit, the two arriving in an Arabian village in the 9th century.

Ash finally catches up with Bad Ash, who intends to let Jenny be consumed by the Dark Ones and cross over into this world while Bad Ash will kill Ash and use him as a 'calling card'. The two fight, with Bad Ash transforming into a giant scorpion-like deadite. Nonetheless, Ash still defeats him and manages to uses the pages of the Necronomicon to pull Bad Ash into the portal. With Jenny now free from possession, Ash uses another of the spells to open a portal and send them back home.

Upon arriving, Ash and Jenny discover to their horror that they've arrived in a version of Dearborn, Michigan that is ruled by the Dark Ones. Seeing several various necronomicon books in a shop window, Ash screams as the game ends.

Critical reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
Dreamcast PC PS
AllGame 1.5/5 stars[1] N/A 1.5/5 stars[2]
CGW N/A 1/5 stars[3] N/A
EGM 4.5/10[4] N/A 4.17/10[5]
Game Informer 4.5/10[6] N/A 4.5/10[7]
GamePro 3/5 stars[8] N/A 3/5 stars[9]
GameSpot 4.5/10[10] 3.4/10[11] 4.2/10[12]
GameSpy 4/10[13] N/A N/A
IGN 3.6/10[14] 3.8/10[15] 4.5/10[16]
OPM (US) N/A N/A 2.5/5 stars[17]
PC Gamer (US) N/A 61%[18] N/A
Aggregate score
Metacritic 49/100[19] 40/100[20] 51/100[21]

The PlayStation version of Evil Dead: Hail to the King received "mixed" reviews, while the Dreamcast and PC versions received "generally unfavorable reviews", according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[19][20][21] AllGame said that the Dreamcast version's graphics were "stagnant, still, lifeless" and that it needed "better control, better combat, a better look and feel."[1]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "Evil Dead: Hail to the King (DC)". Electronic Gaming Monthly. March 2001. Archived from the original on March 9, 2001. Retrieved June 26, 2016. 
  5. ^ EGM staff (March 2001). "Evil Dead: Hail to the King (PS)". Electronic Gaming Monthly. Archived from the original on March 9, 2001. Retrieved June 26, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Evil Dead: Hail to the King (DC)". Game Informer (95). March 2001. 
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  8. ^ Atomic Dawg (January 4, 2001). "Evil Dead: Hail to the King Review for Dreamcast on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on February 7, 2005. Retrieved June 26, 2016. 
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  10. ^ Fielder, Joe (December 20, 2000). "Evil Dead: Hail to the King Review (DC)". GameSpot. Retrieved June 25, 2016. 
  11. ^ Todd, Brett (April 30, 2001). "Evil Dead: Hail to the King Review (PC)". GameSpot. Retrieved June 25, 2016. 
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  14. ^ Chau, Anthony (January 4, 2001). "Evil Dead: Hail to the King (DC)". IGN. Retrieved June 25, 2016. 
  15. ^ Blevins, Tal (April 24, 2001). "Evil Dead: Hail to the King (PC)". IGN. Retrieved June 25, 2016. 
  16. ^ Nix, Marc (December 5, 2000). "Evil Dead: Hail to the King (PS)". IGN. Retrieved June 25, 2016. 
  17. ^ Baker, Chris (February 2001). "Evil Dead: Hail to the King (PS)". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. Archived from the original on February 20, 2001. Retrieved June 25, 2016. 
  18. ^ Osborn, Chuck (July 2001). "Evil Dead [Hail to the King]". PC Gamer: 64. Archived from the original on March 15, 2006. Retrieved June 25, 2016. 
  19. ^ a b "Evil Dead: Hail to the King for Dreamcast Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved December 5, 2012. 
  20. ^ a b "Evil Dead: Hail to the King for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved December 5, 2012. 
  21. ^ a b "Evil Dead: Hail to the King for PlayStation Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved December 5, 2012. 

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