STAFF REVIEW of Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick (Xbox)

Monday, September 15, 2003.
by Yellowlab

Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick Box art Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick is based off the cult movie hits (Evil Dead I, II, and Army of Darkness). And the star of the movies, Bruce Campbell, returns to do the voice of Ash. Add in the fact that the game is a 3rd person shooter where you shoot zombies (and hack them with a chainsaw), and this sounds like a totally kick butt game on paper. Somehow they managed to take all these elements and make a pretty crappy game. This baffles me. It had to be harder to take all these elements and make the game suck, then it would have been to simply make a good game. So what went wrong? For starters, instead of making the game mostly action based, they throw in several puzzles that at most times make little sense, or are impossible to solve without cheating. The city environments have nothing that is interactive (you can't walk into hardly any stores, open doors, etc...). Heck Ash can't even walk up steps. The weapon selection is pretty lame. You pretty much stick to the shotgun/chainsaw combo without ever trying or needing anything else. But, it is not a total suck fest. It does have Bruce Campbell, which earns it a few points alone. Bruce throws in funny one liners and makes the game playable. Also, there are a few cool combos to use. That's about it though for the good things. You definately can see why this came out as a $20 budget title.

The controls feel awkward. The puzzles are ridiculous. The gameplay is severely limited. There's not much to brag about here. It simply does not get much worse than this.

Some of the environments look good enough, but there is just nothing that is interactive. Digital Ash looks similar enough to movie Ash. Overall the game looks slightly dated and definately does not push the Xbox hardware to it's max.

Get's good points for Bruce Campbell's voice talent. Otherwise most of the sounds and music suffer from being too generic.

This game could have been so much better. Try again, but make it a good game next time. Heck, I'd pay $50 for a quality version of an Evil Dead game.

Overall: 5.0 / 10
Gameplay: 3.0 / 10
Visuals: 5.0 / 10
Sound: 7.0 / 10


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