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  • Summary: Chainsaws, boomsticks, and Deadites, oh my! Slice and dice the undead with a weapon in each hand. Fight evil across the spans of time: from the infamous cabin to ancient Damascus. Over 20 evil, grisly Deadites attempt to swallow your soul! Best of all... Bruce Campbell as Ash!
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  2. Negative: 8 out of 15
  1. A bitter pill to swallow. Still, you could waste an afternoon or two on this and still find yourself fairly amazed with some of the puzzle elements, the hunt for horror exploration aspect, and all the chainsaw-ripping, zombie-blasting gore.
  2. Sega X
    If you're bored, though, at least go out and rent Evil Dead: Hail To The King. Otherwise, there's really no need for you to return to the cabin in the woods.
  3. Total Video Games
    I really wanted to recommend this game, despite it's problems with controls and graphics I would still have recommended it to fans of the genre and "Evil Dead" movies, however because of the length all I can say is rent it out some time.
  4. It's hard to believe that the survival-horror genre can only be done right by Capcom (and perhaps Konami), but Hail to the King will do little to convince you otherwise.
  5. If you walk away from this game in less than a couple minutes I wouldn't be surprised in the least bit. The control is the most horrible I have ever seen, making is near impossible to control Ash using the control stick.
  6. CNET Gamecenter
    While there are a few interesting spots and plot points, Evil Dead the game has managed to turn one of the most original and entertaining of all B-horror-film franchises into nothing more than a boring, uninspired, and pedestrian attempt to cash in on a license.
  7. All in all, the nasty, pixellated graphics, lax controls, repetitive enemies, slim variation and frustrating, leaden gameplay make for an effort that reeks like a maggot-infested corpse.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. DaveD.
    Jan 5, 2003
    I don't care what any of u say, this game was the Sh^t, FOr any of u who loved the movies go and get this best piece.
  2. RicardoH.
    Feb 13, 2003
    When playing any video game,you must always experience the game(or system)in it's CONTEXT.Now,armed with this little nugget of When playing any video game,you must always experience the game(or system)in it's CONTEXT.Now,armed with this little nugget of insight,one can appreciate systems like the Sega Genesis and the N64 for what they were,and just enjoy the game experience(not worrying about a lack of updated graphics). Disclaimer aside,Evil Dead:Hail to the King is an outstanding Dreamcast title.Any fan of the trilogy of films(starring the hammy,comedic stylings of master thespian Bruce Campbell)will be naturally intrigued,but this title has much to offer the casual fan. Without revealing major plot points,I will say this adventure centers around Ash(our hero)'s attempts at returning an unholy book to it's rightful state,and stop an evil uprising from taking place. With elemnts of Capcom's Resident Evil series,and hilariously animated cut scenes,this is a must-have title for any Dreamcast gamer. Expand

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#39 Most Discussed Dreamcast Game of 2000
#14 Most Shared Dreamcast Game of 2000