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Evil Dead: The Game Cover Story – Raising Hell

Saber Interactive and Boss Team Games are targeting the asymmetrical horror genre for a battle between demons and survivors, but it’s quite different than other creature feature forays on the market. In Evil Dead: The Game, don’t expect to find the human heroes cowering in corners or attempting to flee – this 4v1 fear festival takes the fight directly to the forces of evil, hacking enemies in half and blowing them to pieces. In 1981, Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead made a grisly splash onto the horror scene, featuring what’s become an almost formulaic setup: Five unfortunate friends head out to a cabin in the woods for a good time, and then, spoiler alert, good times are not had. The idyllic journey into the country turns into a bloody massacre, spurred on by an ancient evil book known as the Necronomicon. I remember I first saw the movie in a time when villains like Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and Michael Myers fought for dominance over our grade-school nightmares. The film offered the terrifying simplicity of facing your friends after they become possessed undead. It gloried in the sheer, unflinching willingness to lean into the intimate, grim goriness of it all, and the experience left a strong impression. Interestingly enough, it’s possible that The Evil Dead wouldn’t have had the chance to thrive without horror maestro Stephen King’s praise. After seeing it out of competition at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival, King wrote a rave review, leading to New Line Cinema picking the film up for distribution. The movie has gone down as a cult classic and had plenty of influence within the horrorsphere. But Bruce Campell’s portrayal of character Ash Williams has undeniably become the campy, comical face of the otherwise incredibly macabre franchise, infusing the gruesome themes and blood splatters with a hefty dose of comedic quips and one-liners. Multiple films followed the original, including Evil Dead 2 and the completely off-the-wall Army of Darkness, where Ash travels back to medieval times to fight the titular demonic forces. In more modern times, the series has had both a soft reboot and a TV series, with yet another film, Evil Dead Rise, scheduled to hit this year. And then, of course, there’s Saber Interactive’s upcoming game. Read more...
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    Free Play Days – Hunt: Showdown, Warhammer: Chaosbane, and Sea of Thieves

    Travel the high seas as a pirate, hunt down nightmarish creatures, or enter a dangerous fantasy world with Free Play Days starting today. Hunt: Showdown, Warhammer: Chaosbane, and Sea of Thieves are all available this weekend in Free Play Days for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members from Thursday, September 17 at 12:01 a.m. PDT until Sunday, September 20 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.


    How to Start Playing

    Find and install the games here on Xbox.com. Clicking through will send you to the Microsoft Store, where you must be signed in to see the option to install with your Xbox Live Gold membership. To download on console, click on the Gold member area on the home dashboard on your Xbox One.


    Keep the Fun Going

    Purchase the games and other editions at a limited time discount and continue playing while keeping your Gamerscore and earned achievements during the event! Please note that discount percentage may vary by region.


    Game Details and Discounts

    • Hunt: Showdown
    • Warhammer: Chaosbane
    • Sea of Thieves

    Hunt: Showdown
    Savage, nightmarish monsters roam the Louisiana swamps, and you are part of a group of rugged bounty hunters bound to rid the world of their ghastly presence. Banish these creatures from our world, and you will be paid generously. Hunt: Showdown‘s competitive, match-based gameplay mixes PvP and PvE elements to create a uniquely tense experience where your life, your character, and your gear are always on the line. Now updated with a brand new Solo PvE mode “Trials” to let you complete fun challenges and earn new rewards. Expand your Hunt: Showdown adventure with DLCs including Legends of the Bayou, The Revenant, and Double or Nothing.

    Warhammer: Chaosbane
    You are the last hope for the Empire of Man, battling Chaos hordes in a world dominated by magic and war. Choose between five different character classes, each with unique skillsets and equipment, for epic clashes against over 70 types of monsters and the Chaos gods they are aligned with. Either solo or with up to four of your friends, a varied and rich gaming experience awaits you in the first hack-and-slash game set in the Warhammer fantasy world.

    Sea of Thieves
    Talk Like A Pirate Day has arrived, and there are antics aplenty for players venturing into Rare’s shared world pirate adventure, Sea of Thieves, this weekend. With a special Gold & Glory Weekend also offering double gold and reputation for savvy sailors playing between September 18-21, there are some glorious gains to be made – and the swashbuckling shenanigans don’t stop there! The in-game Storytelling emote will also be given to Xbox Game Pass members playing during September 17-20, just to make sure our pirates have the right tools to regale others with their tales from the seas. The Summer of Sea of Thieves event is ongoing until September 30, also offering opportunities to snag a fine stash of player titles and cosmetics. There’s never been a better time to be a pirate!


    Don’t miss out on this exciting Free Play Days for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members! Learn more about Free Play Days here and stay tuned to Xbox Wire to find out about future Free Play Days and all the latest Xbox gaming news.

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