EVIL DEAD: A FISTFUL OF BOOMSTICK
By Ferry "Sadhonker" Adams on February 12, 2016
A very good day to you, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. And may I say that it is very good to see you again, very good indeed. I can only say that I feel extremely lucky to be here! Especially since I almost died on my last trip!
Some of you might remember our last encounter and the fact that I was going to try and recruit the 2014 Olympic Russian womenís curling team for my Time-travelling crew. Well, not only did this trip take a week more than I had planned, it also turned out to be a complete bust, since the girls were only interested in me and my stories as long as I was handing out free drinks. In the end, they all upped and left with some stupid boy band, leaving me completely disillusioned an a good lot poorer than when I arrived at their hotel. Damn, those girls can drink!
So there I was; sad, quite drunk and ready to head home. So I got in my timemachine and set the dials to 2016Ö or so I thought. Have you ever heard the phrase: ďDonít drink and drive?Ē Well, the same goes for drinking and time-travel. Apparently, my somewhat impaired vision made me push all the wrong buttons, and instead of traveling to 2016, I found myself in the year 209156. And take it from me when I say that this isnít a good time to live in. The Earth is still there (well, most of it is, anyway) but has been completely taken over by small fluffy creatures with big, sharp, pointy teeth that worship some sort of giant turnip and have an insatiable appetite for about everything that moves. Seeing as how I usually move around quite a lot, I was there top-priority target within seconds of my arrival. Luckily, I managed to escape by setting a few on them on fire with my Big Red Flamethrower (which came with the timemachine) and, being absolutely sober all of a sudden, set course for the present.
While traveling back here, I realized that I missed the deadline for one of my reviews, so I decided to make an unscheduled stop in 2003, and look for a game that features one of the coolest protagonists ever: Ash Williams. I am talking, of course, about Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick.
Originally released for the PS2 and Xbox in summer 2003 by VIS Entertainment and THQ, Fistful of Boomstick transports the player to Dearborn, Michigan where we meet Ash as heís telling his lifeís story to an unsuspecting Asian man. After running out of tales about him battling the Necronomicon Ex Mortis years ago, Ash skips ahead and start telling the man about last night. This is where the game start a series of flashbacks to explain what happened to Ash in the last 24 hours. First, we see him guzzling down a few beers in his favorite red light district establishment. While drinking, he is watching a TV show about the supernatural, in which the Necronomicon is told to be nothing more than a bunch of gruesome pictures and strange symbols. As a treat to all the viewers, the lady conducting the interview starts to play a tape recording of the late professor Knowby, reading from the book of the dead. Now, everybody who has seen an Evil Dead movie knows that this might not be the best of ideas. If you donít know what Iím talking about; do yourself a favor and get Evil Dead, Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness on DVD or record the Ash vs. Evil Dead series and watch those babies until your eyes bleed!
As those of you who actually are familiar with the Evil Dead concept might have guessed, right after playing the tape on the air, the shit really hits the fan! All over town, deadites start appearing and itís up to Ash to save the world once again. Being low on shotgun ammo and ideas, Ashís first priorities are: a) getting to the TV station, and b) pick up some more weapons along the way. And, oh yeah, c) donít die! Throughout the course of the story, Ash will kill more people than George R.R. Martin in all his books combined, visit interesting time-periods, meet cool characters and generally make fun of everyone and everything. Sounds cool, doesnít it? Well, it is!
Evil Dead, A Fistful of Boomstick is an action hack Ďn slash game, loosely based on Sam Raimiís Evil Dead trilogy. It features the awesome voice-talent of Bruce Campbell as Ash and enough hilarious one-liners to laugh yourself into a stupor. As far as Iím concerned, Ash is one of the best movie characters of all time, and Mr. Campbell makes this guy come to life with a vengeance. Usually, when you are hitting a zombie in the face with a shovel, you wouldnít expect the protagonist to blurt out: ďNice faceÖ Let me fix that for you!Ē But in Fistful of Boomstick, thatís exactly what youíre going to get. And thatís just one of many hilarious remarks, featured in this game.
Although it never was the best-looking game, this was never an issue because what it lacked in graphics, it more than made up for in weapons, jokes and blood. Your arsenal includes the aforementioned shovel, the ever-present shotgun (or boomstick, as Ash lovingly refers to it), a mighty chainsaw and a handgun. Ash also discovers a spell that gives him a temporary strength boost, a spell that lets him possess human Deadites and a spell that lets him possess Hellhounds. So yes, thereís enough stuff at your disposal to kick some serious Deadite ass!
At first, Fistful of Boomstick might not look like anything special, but if youíre a fan of the movies, it is! And when you start playing the game, youíll notice how the controls are really smooth and intuitive, which makes Deadite-killing even more fun than it already is. So, even if youíre not familiar with the whole Evil Dead franchise, you can still enjoy a very good hack Ďn slash game with a decent story and cool voice-acting. And while a lot of Call of Duty players out there like shooting zombies with all sorts of rifles, in my opinion thereís nothing more satisfying than dismembering with a chainsaw or bashing their skulls in with a shovel. And if you are going to use a gun, then at least make sure itís a twelve-gauge double-barreled Remington, S-Mart's top of the line!
All in all, Fistful of Boomstick is a highly enjoyable game that will keep you occupied for quite some time. The story takes you through multiple time-periods in Dearbornís history, all overrun by the Deadite threat. So get out your boomstick and your chainsaw, start hacking your way through hordes of Deadites and make the world a safe place once again. Youíll never find a cooler guy to play, so I suggest you get right to it. And as Ash always says, and as he says it very well: ďGimme some sugar, baby!Ē
Damn! Thatís the line I shouldíve used on those Russian babes. Oh well, we canít all be as cool as Ash, now can we? So I bow to you, oh Ash Williams, slayer of deadites, conqueror of women, all-round Mr. Fancypants... Hail to the King, baby!
EVIL DEAD: A FISTFUL OF BOOMSTICK
VIS Entertainment & THQ