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What is it? A one-versus-all multiplayer horror extravaganza in the Evil Dead universe.
Expect to pay: $40
Developer: Saber Interactive
Publisher: Saber Interactive
Reviewed on: Windows 10, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super , Intel Core i7-9700 @ 3.00GHz, 16GB RAM
Multiplayer? Four survivors against one killer
Link: Official site (opens in new tab)

The idea of an “Evil Dead videogame” has a distinctly mid-2000s tang. B-movie franchises have traditionally been fresh meat for enterprising publishers and developers looking to turn a quick buck, which is to say that I did not shamble towards Ash’s latest adventure with high expectations. Evil Dead is a stone cold low-culture classic, and given how brutally its contemporaries have been treated by the games business (Ghostbusters, Rambo, The Sopranos), I girded myself for another slapdash gouging. What I did not expect was for Evil Dead to be the best multiplayer horror experience since at least Dead By Daylight. The game is absolutely exhilarating—one of the true left-field sleepers of 2022—and I’m eagerly letting it swallow my soul.

Saber Interactive, the studio behind Evil Dead, clearly cribbed from Dead By Daylight for its chief inspiration. Four players are cast as survivors—all spun off from the boomstick-brandishing zombie slayers from the films—and a fifth takes control of an unseen demon who zooms around the map, opening portals to hell, in hopes of extinguishing all living things. The good guys need to traverse a haunted forest and find a series of artifacts to rout the forces of evil within a 30 minute time limit. The dungeon master tries to incapacitate the party before that can be accomplished.


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