By Ferry "Sadhonker" Adams on April 28, 2017

Welcome back, ladies and gentlemen, to yet another rendition of our super-awesome Big Red Timemachine. As you may or may not have read, the last time we met, there was a giant explosion deep in the bowels of our super secret Big Red HQ. Now, I'm not saying that I had absolutely nothing to do with it, but I would like to stress that this explosion was not, strictly speaking, all my fault.

You see, after Raymond "Mighty Pirate" Dumee found his way to our HQ, it seems we didn't quite close portal that leads to our base of operations. So, while minding my own business and conducting a few totally innocent and non-explosive experiments, I happened to stumble across two more additional stowaways who happened to have found the aforementioned portal. I left Dennis in charge of closing down all the gateways that lead to our HQ, so basically, the explosion which, and I would like to stress this point, had nothing to do with my purely harmless experiments.

Yes, granted, dropping a fuel canister because I was startled by these two people that unexpectedly crossed my path and accidentally setting it on fire with my plutonium-powered flame thrower might have been, to some small, no minute, degree, my fault. But, as you can clearly see, Dennis is really the one to blame for this mishap. Luckily, the two stowaways, who are actually very nice people, were not harmed and promised not to press charges. So, after cleaning up what I still say is Dennis' mess, we sat down, had a drink together and played a few games. We also had a good laugh, watching Mr. Dumee still trying to find his way out of our mend-bending labyrinth of a front yard, after which we said goodbye to our guests and sent them on their way home, totally unharmed in any way.

But enough talk about our shenanigans of the past weeks. It's time to travel back in time once again and take a look at another awesome game from the days of yore. Today, my friends, it is time to go back to the year 2005. Once there, we end up at Sunny Meadows asylum, where we meet one of my all-time favorite protagonists: Ashley "Ash" Williams. And when you meet Ash, you just know that trouble is never far behind. And not just any old trouble; no, no. We're talking shambling, gushing and decomposing trouble of the undead kind. It's time for Evil Dead: Regeneration!

Evil Dead: Regeneration was originally released in 2005 for Playstation 2, Xbox and PC by Cranky Pants Games and THQ. As the game starts, we meet up with Ash who, after his last exploits, has been deemed insane and locked up in Sunny Meadows asylum. Now, we know Ash isn't crazy (well, not more than usual, anyway) but the doctors at Sunny Meadows have a vastly different opinion. or so, we are led to believe! The head doctor of the asylum, Dr. Reinhard has gotten his grubby little mits on Professor Knowby's work and plans on using this knowledge, together with the infamous Necronomicon Ex-Mortis to become more powerful than any megalomaniacal idiot should ever be. Of course, in the process of becoming the most powerful man on the planet, he unleashes the full force of the Deadites and Ash is, once again, the only one left who is even remotely capable of saving the world.

Ash makes his way through the doomed asylum, killing Deadites left and right with a pistol he took off a dead security guard. Luckily for him, he quickly finds his old clothes, together with his trusty chainsaw and his never-failing best double-barreled friend in the whole wide world: his boomstick! The ghost of Professor Knowby appears before Ash, telling him, much like I told Dennis a thousand times, to close the damn portals before more uninvited guests appear. On his way out of the asylum, he encounters a small half-Deadite called Sam and the two join forces. Ash can use Sam to attack Deadites by kicking him into these shambling corpses, after which Sam rips their heads clean off. How awesome is that?!

Contrary to previous games in the Evil Dead series, Ash doesn't have to worry about gasoline for his chainsaw or ammo for his boomstick. In Evil Dead: Regeneration, he can happily hack and blast away without ever needing to reload or restock, which gives the game a much more fast feel. Sure, there are still a few puzzles that Ash needs to solve before he can proceed to the next batch of fresh Deadite cannonfodder, but these puzzles are not very hard to solve, so it doesn't take a genius like, if I may say so myself, yours truly, to solve them. I know Dennis will probably tell you I'm not that much of a genius, but on the other hand, who cares what he thinks anyway?! His limited cognitive capacities cannot possibly grasp my brilliance, but let's not go into that at this time...

What makes Evil Dead: Regeneration so much fun is the fast-paced hack 'n slash gameplay, Ash's oneliners and the over the top story. Evil Dead: Regeneration is a true classic that deserves to be played over and over again!

Well, that's all the time we have for today. At this point, I would like to thank you for joining us on this trip down memory lane and can only hope that you will be joining us next time, when we will go in search of another fine example of awesome gaming history!

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