Evil Dead: Is Solo Play Worth It?

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Evil Dead: The Game is the biggest Evil Dead game to date, a multiplayer PVPVE version that sees four survivors try to take on a Kandarian demon controlled by a fifth player. It’s similar to Dead By Daylight in some ways, but it’s an altogether more ambitious game with a huge map to explore. But, unlike Dead By Daylight, is Evil Dead: The Game worth playing solo?

Well, first of all, the important thing to note about Evil Dead is that it’s completely unplayable when you’re not connected to the internet, you can’t even get past the very first screen. This may not be a problem for some or even most players, but it’s a shame that there is a chance that all of its content will be unplayable one day when the game’s servers go offline, or if the platform you are playing on has network issues. Add to that the fact that you need a PS Plus or Xbox Live membership and it’s an even stranger choice for this to be a fully online game.

Evil Dead: The Game

If that’s not too much of an obstacle for you, then there’s a decent amount of content to fit in if you’re playing solo. The most appealing option are Missions, which basically introduce you to some of the core mechanics and allow you to unlock new characters while going through some of the franchise’s most iconic moments.

The first mission sees you playing as Ash in Evil Dead 2, starting you in the cabin after disposing of Linda. It doesn’t take long before you’re looking for a shovel and its head to finish the job for good, with Linda even scolding you the whole time once you dig it up. It’s a truly fantastic replica of the real thing and it’s actually the most authentic movie adaptation we’ve had to date – it’s worth playing, especially in the kind of fidelity that the new generation offers.

Evil Dead: The Game
Evil Dead: The Game

There are five of these missions in total, ranging from playing more as Ash to even Pablo and Lord Arthur. You unlock four characters for completing these missions, each of which has a unique or different hook, but all basically boil down to killing Deadites. You can also unlock new outfits and special Knowby recordings by fighting your way through this mode.

While the rest of the missions aren’t as great as the very first mission, they’re still worth playing, even though they probably aren’t worth the game’s asking price on their own. You can complete them all in a matter of hours, with much of that length coming from having to replay the same extremely difficult levels. Honestly, it feels like these missions haven’t been quite balanced for a fully single-player game, as ‘bosses’ can hit really hard and resources can be even harder to find, it’s all about so really learning about enemy and resource spawns while limiting the amount of damage you take as best you can. You also can’t use abilities to level the playing field, so yes: expect a bit of frustration, especially during the Kill ‘Em All mission.

Evil Dead: The Game
Evil Dead: the single player game

Once the missions are all ticked off, you then have the option to play the main mode entirely with and against AI bots instead of other players. However, there is something important to keep in mind before starting with this: you do not gain any XP when playing solo with bots, which means you cannot upgrade any of the characters. That makes it all a bit pointless, and it’s the same problem Back 4 Blood had at launch – it’s odd that Saber didn’t learn from this.

If that doesn’t completely put you off, you can still have fun with the single-player game, although the AI ​​can be more than a little unreliable. They don’t do anything without you doing it first, which is good for keeping you all together in one place, but it means you feel like you have to do everything. On top of that, they take their time reviving other players and make absolutely no effort to avoid damage or stop possessions, so they’re almost always low on health very early in a game. They are pretty much useless in the later stages of a match and will fall over and over again.

Evil Dead: The Game
Evil Dead: The Game

There’s very little you can do in Evil Dead: The Game other than single-player without any progression. There’s a tutorial and you can also listen to recordings, but that’s about it for your single-player options, except for the aforementioned missions. If you’re playing Evil Dead solo, you might not have a very groovy time, at least not more than a few hours.

Ultimately, Evil Dead: The Game is a very hard sell if you enter it with the intention of playing it solo. Missions are great but rare, while the lack of any progression when playing bots really kills any desire to play more than a few matches. Although it’s being sold at a discount, it may still be too high a price for any Evil Dead fan looking to complete their collection who doesn’t want to jump in on the action online. If you want to play missions and missions only, wait for a sale.

Evil Dead: the game is available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S and Switch.

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