Evil Dead: Regeneration is a video game for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox video game consoles and PC. It is based on the movie trilogy The Evil Dead and puts the character in similar environment, but with new weapons and traditions. It is unconnected to the previous game Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick: the game is a "What-If?" scenario that takes place in an alternate reality from the original trilogy, depicting what would have happened if Ash didn't get sucked back in time at the end of Evil Dead II.
Ash Williams is locked away in an asylum for the criminally insane, as a result of the events that took place in The Evil Dead and Evil Dead II. Convinced the world thinks he is crazy, the truth is much more nefarious. His doctor, Dr. Reinhard, somehow in possession of Professor Raymond Knowby's diary and the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis, plans on using the books to bring about his ascension to power. In the process he releases an army of Deadites on the unsuspecting world and it is Ash's job to stop the doctor and put the Deadites back where they belong.
The game begins in Sunny Meadows, an asylum Ash is committed to. Ash is briefly visited by his lawyer, Sally. Sally talks about how she found Professor Knowby's diary and believes Ash's story about the Necronomicon and the cabin. Ash thanks her, but just as she is about to leave Ash comments on her wardrobe and advises her to wear more revealing clothing. Just as Sally leaves, Reinhard accidentally unleashes the dead through the Necronomicon. The evil also breaks Ash free in the process. Ash travels through the asylum killing deadites with a pistol he retrieved from a dead security guard. He eventually finds his clothing, his boomstick and his chainsaw in the process. As he goes through the asylum, Ash finds an electric deadite named Sparky. Ash kills Sparky and decapitates him. Ash briefly breaks the fourth wall as he speaks to the camera and throws Sparky's head away. Ash proceeds through the nearby cellar. However, just as he is about to leave the asylum, Professor Knowby appears to Ash and tells him about Reinhard and what he plans to do. Ash, however, refuses to try and stop him and begins to leave. Professor Knowby also speaks about how Sally is in danger for taking his diary. Ash decides to stop Reinhard just to save Sally. Professor Knowby talks about how he needs to close deadite portals, but he cannot do it alone. Knowby introduces Ash to Sam, a short half deadite who will respawn if killed, and Ash quickly makes a bad first impression on him by shooting him dead. Sam knows all the necessary incantations to close the portals. Ash and Sam travel through to a cemetery and eventually find a portal in the nearby catacombs. However guarding the portal is a large deadite queen. Ash kills the queen with Sam's help and Sam closes the portal.
Ash and Sam go through the woods surrounding Sunny Meadows to find it infested with deadites as well. Ash finds a harpoon gun in a trash pile and modifies it onto his right hand. Ash and Sam, with the help of his harpoon gun, make their way into an abandoned mine where they find another portal. However, as soon as they get there a spirit possesses a miner. Ash and Sam kill the deadite miner and close the portal. Professor Knowby tells them that Reinhard has his diary finally and needs a human sacrifice. Ash believes that Sally is the one he intends to sacrifice. Ash and Sam follow a mine shaft towards nearby docks where another portal is believed to be located. Ash goes to another trash pile there and finds a high powered torpedo gun. Ash and Sam make their way to the portal to find it guarded by a giant fish creature who Ash calls "The one who got away." Ash kills the fish creature and Sam closes the portal. They both go through the nearby swamp.
Ash and Sam make their way through the swamp. Ash finds a shack full of flammable materials and creates a flamethrower. Ash and Sam make their way through the swamp to a nearby town called Port Turnham which is infested with Deadites. They make their way through the destroyed city and in the process Ash replaces his chainsaw with a newer one with a titanium blade. Ash and Sam find a portal in a nearby courthouse. However, Sam succumbs to fatigue and yawns while he is saying the incantation. The portal, instead of closing, sucks both of them into it. Once they are inside the portal Ash and Sam find themselves in a hellish dimension. Professor Knowby shows up telling them the only way out is to defeat Reinhard and rescue Sally. However, he begins talking about how Ash must save the world in which Ash becomes very angry and says he is only out to save Sally and maybe Sam.
Ash and Sam face many obstacles in the deadite temple. After much struggle they make their way to Reinhard's lair where he is just about to sacrifice Sally. Rienhard says how impressed he is with Ash. However, he apologizes that they had to come a long way to die. Rienhard uses the Necronomicon to turn himself into a troll-like deadite. Ash and Sam kill Rienhard and Sam closes the portal. In a very romantic scene Ash says he came a long way and overcame great odds to apologize to Sally on the fashion advice he gave her back at Sunny Meadows. Just as he is leaning to kiss Sally a spirit possesses her. Ash, overcome with rage, kills the possessed Sally. However, just as he does this the portal reopens and sucks Ash and Sam into it along with the Necronomicon which ends the game.
The gameplay mostly consists of hack and slash with small convieniantly placed puzzles. The player takes the role of Ash Williams as he fights off hoards of Deadites. The player can find different kinds of weapons in levels which find use in different situations. Early on in the game Ash receives his sidekick Sam who fights along with him in battle. Unlike with other games where killing a friend ingame is taboo at best. Sam actually comically dies many times in the game. The player can kick Sam into openings to open doors or onto enemies to pop their heads off. The player can also possess Sam to get through a very small tunnel to open a door or a switch.
In contrast with previous games, the game automatically gives the player unlimited ammunition for his weapons and unlimited gas to his chainsaw
A new gameplay element is rage mode. When the player kills most enemies it fills up his rage meter. When the rage meter is filled up to a decent ammount it allows Ash to go into "rage mode". Rage mode transforms Ash into a powerful deadite killing machine. It instantly doubles all of Ash's weapon damage and makes him lose health slower.
Sam - Ash's half-deadite sidekick, voiced by Ted Raimi. He's a dwarf, about as high as the midpoint of Ash's thigh, and before his current state was involved in criminal activities (a few stories of which he'll drop bits of during the game). Sam can't be killed: he dies many times during the game (a few times thanks to Ash himself whether accidental or otherwise) and rises back anew, serving as one of the game's mechanics. He also has some of the knowledge of the incantations necessary to close the portals allowing the evil to enter the world. His main goal is to get revenge on Reinhard for causing his current condition.
Professor Raymond Knowby's Ghost - Raymond Knowby discovered the Necronomicon ex Mortis, and took it back to his cabin with his wife Henrietta to translate the book. In translating the text out loud to a recorder, he allowed Kandarian spirits to possess the living, and his wife was taken by them. When her body finally died, he couldn't bring himself to dismember her corpse (the only way to force the spirit out for good) and instead buried her in the fruit cellar of the cabin. It was his recording Ash discovered when he and his girlfriend, and others went to the cabin, and in playing it released the demons once more. Knowby's spirit assists where ever he can in sealing the evil again.
Sally Bowline - Ash's Lawyer, and subsequently his love interest, voiced by Nika Futterman. She steals Knowby's diary from Reinhard's office and after reading it begins to believe that Ash just might be telling the truth and isn't actually insane. She leaves the asylum before Reinhard reads from the Necronomicon, sparing her from the fate of everyone else trapped in there. Her car appears to be an Oldsmobile Delta 88, a staple in Sam Raimi's productions.
Dr. Vladimir Reinhard- The main antagonist of the game, and the owner of the Sunny Meadows asylum where Ash is incarcerated. He is somehow in possession of both the Necronomicon and Professor Knowby's diary, and reads the incantation which releases the evil once more, but ends up being sucked into a demon dimension in the process. Throughout the game, in the cutscenes which feature him, Reinhard seems to be undergoing some kind of monstrous transformation until Ash and Sam confront him.
Evil Ash - Ash becomes a Deadite who is playable
Reviews: Games EVIL DEAD: REGENERATION, THQ, PS2, pounds 29.99 VERDICT:HHHII CREATURE CONFLICT: THE CLAN WARS, Cenega, PC, pounds 9.99 VERDICT:HHHHI
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