Ash finds himself arrested, convicted of murder, and sentenced
to an institute for the criminally insane. Deep in the basement
of the asylum, the mad Dr. Vingo combines technology with
The Book of the Dead to fulfil perverted experiments of
his very own. Hell-bent on using science to harness The
Book of the Dead's powers, the malevolent doctor unleashes
an all-powerful Evil on the world - creating a new breed of
Deadites, monsters and experiments gone wrong, twisting reality
into a hellish strudel and leaving mankind with that not-so-fresh
apocalyptic feeling. It's just too bad for Vingo that the
judge gave Ash a straightjacket instead of the needle.
Dead: Regeneration explores a "what if..." continuation
from Evil Dead 2, one of the most unhinged films from
famed director Sam Raimi. Voiced by Bruce Campbell, players
control Ash, the reluctant hero of the series, as they're
thrown into a masquerade of evil events, equipped with the
latest in prosthetic fashion.
game follows Ash, the lone survivor of a group that was attempting
to discover the Necronomicon - the wholly evil book of the
dead. Thought to have murdered his companions, Ash is arrested,
convicted of the crime, and sentenced to Sunny Meadows, an
institute for the criminally insane, but not for long.
start the game in the mental asylum minus a hand. Your main
weapons, when you find them, are a chainsaw and shotgun (although
as you progress through the levels you'll be able to pick
up additional weapons including a harpoon gun, flame-thrower,
pistol and bomb-lance).
you've progressed a little into the game, your old midget
buddy Sam turns up to lend a helping hand. Though, to be honest,
if you aren't an Evil Dead fan you'll probably spent
five minutes trying to kill Sam. The
rest of the game sees you being able to control Ash and Sam
at different times in the game, in order for you both to progress
through the levels.
biggest two problems with this game were the repetitive nature
of the gameplay and the fact that you are not really free
to explore your surroundings. When traversing the asylum (and
this also rings true for the later levels) there is only ever
one path to take. In a room of many doors, all are locked
apart from one. After a while it becomes pointless trying
to look for secret areas - there don't appear to be any. Even
the secret extra tokens you can pick up (which unlock elements
in the game) are not very well hidden.
battle sequences are pretty entertaining, but soon become
repetitive after a while. Some of the demons can only be killed
if you kick Sam at them. Then, as he distracts them, you can
go in for the kill.
you are a fan of the Evil Dead movie franchise, then
you'll love this game. The black sense of humour from the
films manages, more or less, to make a successful transition
to the PS2. This is helped greatly by the vocal talents of
the actors from the films, but the cut sequence animation
is also extremely comical. In fact, I detected a hint of a
Pixar Animation influence in many of the scenes - especially
in the mouth movements and exaggerated facial expressions.
far from being a great game, Regeneration offers enough
to keep most gamers entertained for a while.
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