Bruce Campbell's boomstick-wielding madman, Ash Williams, will be making a huge comeback in just a couple of short weeks with Evil Dead: The Game, a survival horror experience that will combine teamwork with its signature gore-heavy theatrics. And with that, we can just about prepare our teams for what's to come, knowing full well a few friendships will fracture come launch day.
Of course, until the time does come, we'll have to settle for one or two alternatives. Though, if you happen to already have your closest allies glued to your lobby, then it might be worth doing a few warm-up excercises. And as luck would have it, we know just the routines you should carry out before settling in with Ash Williams and his band of demonic buddies.
5. Don't Starve Together
If we're talking about strict co-op games that refuse to hold your hand, then Don't Starve Together is enough to constitute a helping of breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It's brutal in its own tedious way, and it will have you hitting that restart button more times than your everyday survival horror game. But, having said that, if you're able to crack the formula with a buddy—then you can achieve almost anything.
Of course, starving to death is just one of the unfortunate outcomes that you'll have to juggle. Lest we forget the ridiculously cruel surroundings and its inhabitants that would give a left pincer just to maul you into oblivion. When all meshed into one tainted world, Don't Starve Together transforms into an unforgiving experience that only looks to test your mettle. So, best bring someone trustworthy along for the ride.
If you enjoy a good old rummage around in an underground facility chock-full of sleeping creatures and tormented souls, then be sure to hit GTFO, a four-player co-op game that sees you and your team completing tasks for the mysterious entity known on as The Warden. Do so, and you may just survive long enough to survey the escape route leading topside. Maybe.
After submerging into a 66 million year-old crater, a team of unlucky participants are sent down to investigate and carry out a series of life-threatening objectives. One minor slip-up, of course, would usually lead to drastic consequences. But fortunately for you—you're not alone down there, and you'll have a team to aid you in your struggle. So that's something.
3. Sign of Silence
Sign of Silence is a four-player co-op game that puts you on the outskirts of Danwille Town, a monster-infested district that knows only how to conjure the evilest of demons. Whether you're destined to stay onboard as one of its unfortunate residents rests entirely on your actions—though one wrong move can land you with a permanent place on the map.
While the survival horror game won't be winning any awards anytime soon, it will turn a few heads with its unique blend of multiplayer components. And if you're an avid player of anything Friday the 13th related, then it's a first-class choice that shouldn't be skipped. Just be sure to enter Danwille Town with a level-headed collective, and you're sure to make some sort of progress.
2. Dead by Daylight
Dead by Daylight is perhaps the closest thing you'll get to playing Evil Dead before launch day. Why? Well because both games sit on the same page, and they're more or less the same game, only with a few different catchphrases and chatacters to sever the bond. But apart from that, Dead by Daylight is Evil Dead. Or at least, that's how we see it.
The goal is pretty straightforward, no matter which side of the fence you play on—be it with the survivors, or the serial killers. As the former, the aim is to work together to escape one of the notorious killers before they make you their next victim. As the latter, you have to set traps and hunt down every last one of the fleshy meatbags. So, it's a game of cat and mouse, only with a few added knives, pitchforks, and baseball bats.
1. The Forest
Although it is coined as a survival horror game, The Forest definitely favors its survival aspects a little more. But that isn't to say it's void of nightmare material—because it has it, stocked up by the boatload. Thanks to the twisted humanoids that stalk the world you're trying to live in, some encounters can be pretty horrifying. But with a little elbow grease and some team-based tactics, you too can be among the monsters that plague the tainted wood.
The Forest can be played either alone or with a friend. Whichever mode you choose to pursue, the goal pretty much remains the same. As a lost scavenger, you must survive in a hostile environment by adapting to the threats that surround it. Build, explore, and fend off evil as you scrape together whatever you can before meeting your maker. How that's done, of course, is entirely up to you.
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