To be fair to Hail To The King, of all the styles to which Evil Dead licence seemed like a natural fit, the survival horror of the Resident Evil games was probably the most suitable. The idea of having the same mix of atmospheric horror and immersive exploration in the eerie woodland and cabins of Evil Dead sounds awesome on paper - especially when you throw in the ability to take control of Bruce Campbells Ash, complete with a button for taunting (Come get some) and the signature arm mounted chainsaw.Sadly, Hail To The King is a monotonous slog which is never anything but tedious to play. The controls are unbearably sluggish, the graphics are poor and the game is hampered by bad design choices. Even combat is a chore, with the Deadites - which look nothing like those in the films - being nigh on impossible to kill and Ash having all of the agility of a paralyzed sloth. In fact, the combat is so frustrating and sluggish its best to simply avoid it. While killing feadites should be fun, gruesome and satisfying its better to simply run away and pretend that they arent there. Almost as annoying as the combat are the constant cries of Join Us as you navigate the wood areas surrounding the cabin. Im not joking either, playing Hail To The King youll hear these words uttered endlessly during your attempts to outrun every deadite you cross. Hail To The King was followed by two further attempts to successfully translate the films into a video game that didn't suck - 2003s Fistful of Boomstick and 2005s Evil Dead: Regeneration. Both games were an improvement over Hail To The King, but only marginally so - failing to reignite much interest in the series. Sadly its unlikely that well ever see an Evil Dead game which lives up to the reputation of the classic films. With a video game market already over saturated with zombie games like Dead Rising 2: Off The Record and Dead Island, things are perhaps already a little too crowed for Ash and his Boomstick. Still, as lousy as Hail To The King was, at least the advert was awesome - featuring the chin himself and a hedge-trimming variant of the iconic arm chainsaw.. Groovy.