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Video Game: Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick

The third licensed Evil Dead video game from 2003 for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox, developed by VIS Entertainment and published by THQ.

After the Necronomicon is read aloud in a local television program, Deadites are running amok in the small town of Dearborn, Michigan. It's once again up to Ash (Bruce Campbell) to fix things up by killing every sorry-ass deadite in his way and even travelling through time.

This game has the examples of:

  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Subverted when Ash travels back in time to the 17th century, meets his colonial-era ancestor, and explains how he's the man's descendant from the future and came back to fight a time-traveling army of demons. His ancestor immediately agrees to help and when Ash skeptically remarks that he seems to be accepting the situation a little too easily, his ancestor responds that after a night of fighting demons from another dimension, he's ready to believe anything.
  • Arm Cannon: In the Civil War era, Ash gets a Gatling gun for his stump.
  • Chainsaw Good: Ash's trusty melee weapon, which must be collected from a lumberyard. Late in the game, he gets an upgraded one with extended guide bar and diamond-tipped cutting chain.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Ash has hots for Trisha, and he isn't hiding it.
    Trisha: Oh, Ash. How can I ever thank you?
    Ash: Well. Have you ever seen a little movie called Deep Throat?
    Trisha: Ash, really.
    Ash: What can I say? I'm a man. It gets lonely being humanity's savior again and again.
  • Demonic Possession: Deadites are once again possessing humans. This time around, Ash can possess them too with a right spell.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: The story starts with Ash drinking in a bar due to the death of Jenny from Evil Dead: Hail to the King.
  • Enemy Mine: In The American Civil War era of Dearborn, Ash must convince the two opposing sides to unite their forces against the Deadite threat.
  • How We Got Here: The game is a recounting of events that Ash tells to an Asian man.
  • Identical Grandson: Ash's colonial blacksmith ancestor looks and acts just like him.
  • Idle Animation: There's a standard idle animations like Ash twirling his gun around, but if left in one spot for an extended period of time, the camera would actually zoom in and swing around to face Ash head on, eliciting a "Um.... Hellooooo?" from our hero.
  • Incredibly Durable Enemies: The enemies in the penultimate level, unless you use the flamethrower on them.
  • It's Quiet... Too Quiet:
    Ash: [It's quiet.] The "what the hell happens next" kind of quiet.
  • The Joy of X: The subtitle of the game is modelled after A Fistful of Dollars.
  • Mythology Gag: One of Ash's taunts is "Ever read A Farewell to Arms? Well I wrote it", which is reference to a visual gag in Evil Dead 2.
  • Running Gag: No matter what timeline Ash is in, Dearborn's local preacher ends up dying.
  • Shout-Out:
    Ash: Boomstick: $199.99, Shells: 39.99, Zombies heads blowing off: priceless.
  • Shovel Strike: The very first melee weapon Ash acquires.
  • Silver Has Mystic Powers: Upon the reawakening of the deadites, several vortices materialize in Dearborn, and Ash must close them with bars of silver.
  • Taunt Button: Pressing the designated taunt button gives one of the several recorded taunts and Pre Asskicking One Liners.
  • Tennis Boss: The museum boss can only be defeated by deflecting his fireballs back at him with a shovel.
  • Who Dares?: Ash discovers that Nathaniel Payne isn't exactle human anymore
    Ash: Uh... Hello? Anyone home?... I'm looking for a Nathaniel Payne... Nathaniel Payne? It's about the Kandarian summoning stone. You see, I need to borrow it for a while. Look, I'll bring it right back, ok?
    Payne: Who dares to disturb my rest?
    Ash: Whoa... uh, hey if this is a bad time I can come back.
    Payne: No, this is the perfect time... for you to die!
    Ash: Aw, crap.


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