Tuesday, May 17, 2022

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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    Grounded – A Closer Look at Life in the Backyard

    In Obsidian Entertainment’s Grounded, players wake up in a suburban backyard after being mysteriously shrunken to the size of an ant and must survive this dangerous landscape.

    But while you’re building elaborate shelters and scavenging for life-saving resources, the insects of Grounded have their own fascinating agendas. From the aphids to the lady bugs to the spiders, each creature follows a Goal-Oriented-Action-Plan (GOAP) managed by artificial intelligence as they lead their own busy lives throughout the yard. Ultimately, all our insects want to be happy!

    For instance, aphids are curious little creatures who love to explore the yard. When they start to feel down, they will seek out clovers to fill them with happiness. If you happen to find some aphid honeydew laying around, that means you just missed an aphid who exploded with happiness!

    Go near a flooded zone and chances are that you’ll get booped by a gnat. This is because gnats are happier when bumping into players. These cute little bugs love to be by water during the day and the light at night, so the time of day will dictate where you’ll find these happy little guys bopping along.

    Hankering for a mushroom or two? You might find a group of weevils near a mushroom supply, as these simple creatures love sniffing the delicious fungus – which can help lead those trying to survive in the backyard to a source of food.

    The GOAP A.I. system creates exciting gameplay possibilities for players. And as we continue to add new insects during Xbox Game Preview and Steam Early Access, things will get even more interesting, and we’re looking forward to pushing gameplay to enhance the player experience.

    To learn more about what life is like for an insect in Grounded, check out the latest Developer Vlog, which is available on the Obsidian YouTube channel here and above.

    Grounded is available now on Xbox Game Preview, Xbox Game Pass, Windows 10 Store, and Steam Early Access. Players can also explore Grounded’s dynamic backyard on the go, with the game now available on Xbox Game Pass cloud gaming. Players can also expect to see a new content update on September 30 with new items, game changes and fixes, and some special surprises included!

    From finding food, investigating their surroundings, or sleeping, the backyard bugs are full of life day in and day out. Hope to see you in the backyard!

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