Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick Image

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  • Summary: Ash is back, baby! Fully "armed" with his chainsaw, trusty boomstick, and trademark quips, Ash must once again save Dearborn from the unspeakable horrors spawned from The Book of the Dead. When ambitious journalist Trisha Pettywood and occult author Alex Eldrige team up to try to expose the mystery of famed Professor Knowby's murder, they unwittingly open a Vortex to the undead. As the deadites swarm through Dearborn they turn humans into the undead and the town is quickly overrun. Now, with Dearborn in chaos and citizens begging for help, Ash must hack and slash his way through the streets and figure out how to close the Vortex. Ash is soon to learn that all is not what it seems?those he trusts may be plotting against him and the history of Dearborn might be irrevocably changed. [THQ] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 25
  2. Negative: 7 out of 25
  1. 100
    The game is supposed to be pure action and loads of fun, and Fistfull of Boomstick certainly delivers.
  2. A fun little romp with plenty of gratuitous violence, witty one-liners, and hilarious cutscenes.
  3. Successfully capturing the spirit of the movie and its hero, Ash, it's one of the better budget titles we've played in quite a long time. [July 2003, p.28]
  4. The gameplay is a mix of sloppy third-person action and even sloppier puzzles, putting the weight of the game squarely on Ash's tongue-in-cheek macho colloquialisms.
  5. It's more fun than "State Of Emergency" (but then, what isn't?) and more interesting than "Hunter: The Reckoning" (if only because Ash is a more identifiable character than anyone featured in that game), but most gamers will have to ask themselves if that actually means anything since neither of those games were classics to begin with.
  6. It's just too little, too late. The formula in Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick remains virtually unchanged from "State of Emergency," and the new weapons and spells and license do little to disguise that the game is just a slightly improved version of its predecessor.
  7. Gameplay? Boring. Get Item A to access Area B, then talk to this guy to find out where to pick up Item C. You’re being led around by the nose the entire time, and enemies just spawn over and over again... A slap in the face of Evil Dead fans everywhere. Absolute drek.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 34
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 34
  3. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. TrevorJr
    May 23, 2003
    Cool game...especially for $20 can't go wrong.
  2. JoeM.
    Apr 9, 2006
    This game rocks. its a total thumbs up ive never senn that good blood and gore in all the games i play i might be almost done but this game is addicting i like it. this is even BETTER Then Grand Thft Auto Vice City Expand
  3. MichaelD.
    Jun 8, 2003
    This game kicks ass! Much better than "Hail to the King" More blood, one-liners, and action to go around this time. Any Evil Dead fan will appreciate this game, and for 20 bucks, how can you go wrong? Expand
  4. JustinF.
    Oct 11, 2003
    Blood, guts, deadites, Ash, chainsaws, boomsticks and more for a budget price AU$30! You cannot get a better game, that is very true to the series of movies Expand
  5. RickT.
    Dec 2, 2005
    I'm not a big gamer, but I am a BIG fan of Bruce Campbell and the Evil Dead. This game knocked my socks off. The bloodletting and gore are fantastic and the one liners hilarious. There are plenty of combo moves and the story is engaging. How can you not enjoy hacking deadites to bits with a chainsaw ("I just love it when the parts go flying everywhere"). I have NEVER paid attention to critics and the "professional" reviews I have read about this game reinforces that tendency. Go out and get this game NOW!! Expand
  6. AndrinaN.
    Apr 21, 2004
    Really enjoyed killin all the deaditeswith the chainsaw! Exellent game loved all the blood and guts!!!!
  7. MikeS.
    May 22, 2003
    Better than the first but can still be improved.

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