One of the classic horror/humor movies of all time, in my opinion, is the original EVIL DEAD and its two sequels. While the first two garnered a pretty good fanbase, most fans of the series were introduced to the series by the third movie, ARMY OF DARKNESS. Fans of the series have called for a video game for quite some time and got it a few years ago with EVIL DEAD: HAIL TO THE KING. Unfortunately, the game basically sucked. Now, THQ shoots again and this time you can get good, fun EVIL DEAD action for about the price of a DVD.
EVIL DEAD: A FISTFUL OF BOOMSTICK takes place years after ARMY OF DARKNESS, and opens with Ash in a bar, telling the bartender about his life. Flipping on the television, Ash witnesses a reading of the Necronomicron across the airwaves, bringing tons of zombies to Deerborne. Ash, being the only one who can stop them, heads out to do his job.
Unlike the HAIL TO THE KING, FISTFUL OF BOOMSTICK centers truly around non-stop action. If you've ever played the game STATE OF EMERGENCY, then you'll understand fairly quickly what this game is like. While there is a storyline and you do have to pick up items and do other things to advance in the game, everything is accomplished by blowing away Deadites. And blow away they will! Whether it is with a chainsaw, shovel, shotgun, or by magic powers (which Ash somehow gets in this game), the Deadites won't be able to stand up to you, and may find themselves missing arms, legs or even heads. Auto-targeting makes for some really cool moments, like targeting a guy behind you when you're attacking a person in front of you; instead of turning, Ash will throw the shotgun over his shoulder and blow the Deadite behind him away.
Graphics wise, the game doesn't look that bad. Ash has been converted pretty well to the game, although the zombies and environments will get repetitive the further you progress through the game. The cut-scenes look pretty good, with animated Ash telling the story of what is going on.
Speaking of Ash, Bruce Campbell, of course, has reprised his role as Ash. No EVIL DEAD game could be complete without Bruce Campbell, and THQ has made sure he recorded enough lines to keep you amused during the game. His wittiness made the movie trilogy what it is today, and the game brings some witty quips along with it.
The only downside of FISTFUL OF BOOMSTICK seems to be its overall lack of depth. Like STATE OF EMERGENCY, there is only so much you can do in an action game like this. Yeah, its fun to run around and blow Deadites away, but after a while, you'll begin to get bored with the game. But kudos to THQ for pricing the game at 20 bucks - I'd recommend the game for $50, but the recommendation wouldn't be as high. For $20 though, EVIL DEAD and action game fans should almost be required to buy the game to experience some fun.
EVIL DEAD: A FISTFUL OF BOOMSTICK may not have the depth of a game like HALO or BRUTE FORCE, but then again, it isn't supposed to. The game is supposed to be pure action and loads of fun, and FISTFUL OF BOOMSTICK certainly delivers.