Basic Tips for Surviving 'Evil Dead the Game'
A Survivor's Guide to Not Dying Immediately
It’s been a few days since Saber Interactive launched Evil Dead the Game, and some players may still find it hard to find their footing as a survivor. Ash and company can be formidable opponents to the Kandarian threat. Still, it does take some basic survival skills to not get slain within the first few legs of the match.
If you’re finding it difficult to make any progress and your demonic opponent always seems to be overpowering you, I have a few tips that may help you along. This isn’t a deep dive into gameplay strategies for each survivor. Instead, it’s a brief overview of very surface-level things you should be doing to prevent immediate death.
Will this guide guarantee you a victory? Absolutely not! Demons are no joke, and you’ll need to really understand the nuances of each survivor and the abilities of each Kandarian threat. However, these tips on playing any of Evil Dead the Game’s heroic lineup will help you make some progress:
Don’t Underestimate the Underlings
A lot is thrown at you from the getgo, and your first instinct may be to run from the chaos. Unfortunately, those lesser demons will always be on your tail, and facing two or three at a time could be your death knell. No matter the Kandarian demon controlling them, common and elite units are deadly in numbers. Even more so if they're buffed.
With one on your tail, your instinct may be to run and save time and resources. All it takes is a well-placed trap to block your path, giving that trailing demon the opportunity to do some damage.
Save Ammo for Elites and Kandarian Demons
When you pick up that first weapon of the game, you'll feel like you can take on anything. Firearms are crucial to your success, though there is a right and a wrong way to use them. Barring an absolute bind where you need a quick way to cut down demons, ammo should be reserved for elites and the Kandarian demon boss.
Going toe-to-toe with Henrietta, Evil Ash, and Eligos is a good way to lose. Putting some space between you (or using a teammate as a distraction) and emptying rounds into their ugly demonic heads is a more sound tactic.
Ammo is scarce, and you’ll definitely want it when the Puppeteer, Necromancer, and Warlord make themselves known for the endgame.
Be Wary of Tight Spaces
Getting cornered by demons is not the way to go. When exploring tight spaces and moving through buildings, move with caution. Traps can be set in the worst spot, cornering you in a space that’s incredibly difficult to fight in. Part of the problem is the camera, which very frequently clips through walls. You may be putting up a good fight one moment and staring at the exterior of the cabin the next, watching as the demon chips away at your health.
Try to do all of your fighting outside where you have free range of motion and can see where your attacks are landing.
Evil Dead the Game’s Fear mechanic makes it vitally important that you stick together. Separate from your friends, and that meter will fill up quick. And once it’s full, you’re weak and prime for the possessing.
More importantly, though, the player controlling the demon will pick on anyone who breaks from the pack. You may be able to split up a bit early on in the match, but it doesn’t take long before it’s a really, really bad idea. Avoid being vulnerable demon fodder, and stay close to your fellow survivor.
… But Don’t Get in Each Other’s Way
Sticking together doesn’t mean piling on top of each other. In moments where there are many demons on screen, don’t all huddle up on one unless it’s one of the big three. And even then, bunching together may not be the best idea when you're battling Eligos and his Area of Effect attacks.
When there’s a pile of bodies on the screen, you don’t want to lose sight of your character. And, quite frankly, your allies should be able to handle one lowly Deadite. Focus on different goals within a defined space, whether it’s searching for map pieces or scouring for Shemp’s Cola.
User Finisher Animations to Get Your Bearing
Initiating a finisher on a demon relinquishes you of control. During your time with Evil Dead, you’ll watch the same animations frequently, leaving you with a few seconds where you’re not really doing anything. During these moments, take the time to see if another demon is closing in on you. Paying attention to what’s happening on the battlefield, even when you’re locked into a repetitive motion, can put you a step ahead of your opponent.
Depending on how the game is behaving, you likely won't have control of the camera. However, you'll be able to catch a swinging Deadite arm entering from off screen, indicating you have someone waiting for your ax to meet their face.
To survive Evil Dead the Game, you must always be doing something defensive or offensive. Checking the camera during an animation can fall under both, depending on whether you’ll be dodging once the animation ends or going to town on the next demon’s face.
Evil Dead the Game is a generally well-balanced game, but it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you’re not entirely sure how to play. Keep these tips in mind, and you should see an improvement.