Be an action B-movie hero and defeat all your enemies in this intense fighting experience! Stay Dead Evolution is a unique arcade action game based on real life footage.
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Mostly Negative (55 reviews) - 36% of the 55 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 4, 2015

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About This Game



At its core, Stay Dead Evolution is a 'round beat'em up' like Street Fighter with elements taken from rhythm games.

The brand new idea behind Stay Dead Evolution is to have a real time interaction inside a cinematographic scene, using the main character as if he would be a video-game character.

Stay Dead is the union of movies and video-games.
Finally, the sound and graphic quality of a movie joins effectively the interaction of a next generation video-game, creating a unique and involving game experience.

Using the video footage is one aspect of Stay Dead Evolution, but it's not the most important. Our focus is to let the player feels like using the main character in an actual movie, a movie with a real montage and a proper grammar.

Stay Dead Evolution is born refining Stay Dead, a game that in 2012 was well received by public and critique.

Even if the graphic is entirely shot in real life, you can move your character with a great degree of freedom and you can perform more than 100 different techniques distributed in 5 stages.

Use all the classic moves of the fighting games, just watch the result of your stunts with a never-seen-before spectacularity that just a real life shot with a cinematographic direction can provide.

FEATURES

  • Fast arcade action
  • 5 different martial arts
  • 5 unique environments, different for look, feel and directing style
  • More than 100 martial arts moves
  • 4 difficulty levels
  • Real time interaction in a movie
  • Original concept for a groundbreaking approach to the genre
  • Unlock: scoring feature, 90&80s look and feel, ...

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.00GHz or faster x86-compatible Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB (GeForce 8800 or better)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 850 MB available space
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Overall:
Mostly Negative (55 reviews)
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pepsimanvsjoe
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 11
Remember when FMV arcade games were popular? I do, but that's because I'm older than dirt. Seriously though, I think that there's a certain charm to QTE-based FMV games. A lot of them feature dozens of ways to die, and it's amusing to see just what can go wrong, simply because you pressed up instead of down. It also helps that some games - like Dragon's Lair 2 - have really interesting visuals.

There's nothing amusing or visually interesting about Stay Dead Evolution. The developers of this game probably would have been better off trying to license some old Shaw Brothers films, and just slap a big red X on the screen whenever the wrong button is pressed. At the very least players would be treated to awesome fight sequences. Actually, I take that back. If there were fights worth watching, who would want to be forced to press buttons at the right moment, just to keep the action going? Admittedly, I'm going off on a tangent, but think about it for a second. You're given the choice between playing a videogame, or watching a Martial Arts movie. If you wanted a little of both, you'd play a fighter, or maybe a beatemup.

If you play this game, you're making a commitment. You're sacrificing your free-time in order to play a game that offers no entertainment. Even if we take away the amateurish production values and the boring fight-scenes, we're left with a game that's just really frustrating to play. Basically you hit the arrows when they appear onscreen and a little moving indicator is in the right spot. If you double-tap the keys when the right colors appear, you can perform combos or counter the opponent's attack. It's a pretty simple system to figure out, once you browse the tutorial.

So let's say you beat the first opponent. No wait, you humiliate him. He can't even land a hit, and you deliver a stunning combo that drains almost all of his health. So he forfeits the match and you're feeling pretty confident. However, when you face the next opponent, the QTEs speed up at an alarming rate. Your brain needs time to see A) what arrow-key to press B) the color of the box (which determines if you can combo/counter) and C) the little moving indicator that flies across the box. Even when your brain has gathered all of this information, you still have to press the key. This is where a lot of players are going to be tripped up. There's a little randomization and the window to press that key seems to vary in size. If your timing isn't super-precise, then you're going to take damage.

Apparently this is one of those games that you're supposed to play frequently. After a long enough period of time, you can adapt to the poorly-designed difficulty, and the absurd timing requirements. Your reward for mastering this game? Oh right, the snore-inducing fights.

In short: This is just one of many games in my library that has earned the rating of "YIKES!"
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Lizzakat Blades
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 25
its just mondane, worth at least one play
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russonc
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 21
Played long enough to grab trading cards... not my thing... missing a good story or good gameplay. I suppose someone might like copying specific keyboard pushes, but not me. I can't recommend. Sorry.
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Faded ~
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 20
Install
Get Cards
Uninstall
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Boxa
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 20
A FMV where the movies occurs according to your commands. Not good at all, a bit clunky and hard to input at times. You also don't do much.
The films are nice, but, even then, it is not really worth that much.

A nice idea that wasn't well implemented, the game is boring.
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SoulPunch
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 6
So bad it's scary
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Xupi
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: January 14
Nice concept, not the best execution. Very short, not intuitive, but at least it got cards!
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silversuriv
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: November 15, 2015
Short Review
Stay Dead Evolution is an extremely short (~20 min) fighting game that utilizes only one type of QTE for combat. Similar to a rhythm game, a dot will move left or right. When it arrives in the Attack or Block box, you must press a button/combo of buttons/correct directional button. There are only 3 enemies, with a possible bonus round and 1 enemy unlocked after beating the first 3 - that's it. To be fair, this indie game uses FMVs which severely limits the amount of control you have on the character and how many enemies you can fight. If there were at least cut scenes explaining the story or premise, it might have been able to tie-in the 3-4 fights well. Even with the short playtime, the game does include multiple difficulty levels and the ability to unlock some new "levels". Stay Dead Evolution has an interesting combat/visual style, but ultimately falls short on what it could have been.

Score
Average
- 5/10
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The Caskett
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: November 5, 2015
haha yeah i'll tell you what should Stay Dead Evolution, it is called THE FMV GAME GENRE OOOOOOHHHHH

but nah seriously this game is just a modern revisiting of the reason the genre died, it's not really worth buying
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Dragon
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: November 2, 2015
I really do hope that one day, someone will make a fighting game where they will mix-up street fighter with real life movie-like sequences. I 've always dreamed of that kind of game.
I really do hope that they will invest into creating interesting characters with origin story.
I really do hope that gameplay will have something creative in it and not just no-brainer-reflex-button-mashing.
I really do hope that they will bring all sorts of martial arts into that game.

Yep...too bad that there isn't that kind of game. I really do hope someone will make it one day...
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
115 of 181 people (64%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 4, 2015
No.

A QTE driven game that doesn't even keep the combat up: this is some of the worst "combat" cinematics that I've seen in a while. Weak real life punches and unbelieveable actors don't hide the QTE even driven game. For a student film, it's alright, but for a 5 dollar game on steam, it just doesn't come up to snuff.

Also, it's 2014. The need to censor the nazi symbol is ridculous.

If you really want to see gameplay footage and more: http://youtu.be/A4-Fntg-LA0
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32 of 49 people (65%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 4, 2015
Stay Dead Evolution,

Might not be the next ground breaking thing to enter the game charts, but it's an old concept/idea made possible with the modern days computers.
Basically what you do is press the correct sequence of buttons to overcome your enemy. As difficulty increases, so does the time you've got to press the correct button (sequence) become shorter.
If you do it right, well, then you get to see the according video sequence.
Not much to it, but if you like old skool action movies. Then this might be just the thing for you.

I like it a lot, because the developers found a way to keep the game interesting control wise and created some nice HD videos to accompany the different fighting techniques.

Don't expect to see Bruce lee or Chuck Norris in this game, because it's made with a limited budget. (Which can be seen)
But, the budget has been put to good use, since the overall quality is more than adequete.

I recommend this game. Even if it's just to see a future release including samurai, ninja and jedi knight or something. Oh, cool looking mecha bots would be cool also.
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17 of 22 people (77%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 1, 2015
Are you looking for a series of disconnected fights with zero story? Do things like dialogue bother you? Do you crave a game of nothing but Simons says quick time events? Do you miss the bygone era of embarassing full motion video games? Then this is the game for you!

Seriously though, I got bored with this in less than ten minutes. Nine, to be exact.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 31, 2015
There's something charming about this games stupidity - with its really simple simon says gameplay, and how it was clearly made in a non-English speaking territory - yet it still knows how to pay respect to the classics with an unlockable 90's filter being essentially the Sega CD Mode. (And it sucks that the filter is more of a hinderance because some of the necessary cursors can become obfuscated by the pixels.)

Still - this game took me less than an hour (or 0.9 hrs according to Steam) to clear. The fact that I saw everything and unlocked everything in less time than it takes to watch a movie kind of says something about this whole FMV format thing.

This game kind of sucks in a good way, but with only 4 opponents, 5 unlockables and no Steam achievements, there's very little to keep you coming back and even at the low price they're asking for, it's still not worth it.

Highlight of this game? The German officer you fight has his symbol censored, but there are points during the fight where it isn't, and it feels like they had enough and just got tired of pixelating the damn thing.
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184 of 345 people (53%) found this review helpful
152 people found this review funny
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
Remember when FMV arcade games were popular? I do, but that's because I'm older than dirt. Seriously though, I think that there's a certain charm to QTE-based FMV games. A lot of them feature dozens of ways to die, and it's amusing to see just what can go wrong, simply because you pressed up instead of down. It also helps that some games - like Dragon's Lair 2 - have really interesting visuals.

There's nothing amusing or visually interesting about Stay Dead Evolution. The developers of this game probably would have been better off trying to license some old Shaw Brothers films, and just slap a big red X on the screen whenever the wrong button is pressed. At the very least players would be treated to awesome fight sequences. Actually, I take that back. If there were fights worth watching, who would want to be forced to press buttons at the right moment, just to keep the action going? Admittedly, I'm going off on a tangent, but think about it for a second. You're given the choice between playing a videogame, or watching a Martial Arts movie. If you wanted a little of both, you'd play a fighter, or maybe a beatemup.

If you play this game, you're making a commitment. You're sacrificing your free-time in order to play a game that offers no entertainment. Even if we take away the amateurish production values and the boring fight-scenes, we're left with a game that's just really frustrating to play. Basically you hit the arrows when they appear onscreen and a little moving indicator is in the right spot. If you double-tap the keys when the right colors appear, you can perform combos or counter the opponent's attack. It's a pretty simple system to figure out, once you browse the tutorial.

So let's say you beat the first opponent. No wait, you humiliate him. He can't even land a hit, and you deliver a stunning combo that drains almost all of his health. So he forfeits the match and you're feeling pretty confident. However, when you face the next opponent, the QTEs speed up at an alarming rate. Your brain needs time to see A) what arrow-key to press B) the color of the box (which determines if you can combo/counter) and C) the little moving indicator that flies across the box. Even when your brain has gathered all of this information, you still have to press the key. This is where a lot of players are going to be tripped up. There's a little randomization and the window to press that key seems to vary in size. If your timing isn't super-precise, then you're going to take damage.

Apparently this is one of those games that you're supposed to play frequently. After a long enough period of time, you can adapt to the poorly-designed difficulty, and the absurd timing requirements. Your reward for mastering this game? Oh right, the snore-inducing fights.

In short: This is just one of many games in my library that has earned the rating of "YIKES!"
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2015
Ugh. Gave this game a shot because I actually like FMV games.

The combat timing interface is just horrible.

The filming production quality isn't bad though
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 22, 2015
Fun game based off of a nice gimmick. This wont keep you playing for a while, but its a nice concept and could have been better with some story elements similar to Shenmue for dreamcast / Xbox.
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31 of 59 people (53%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 4, 2015
If you like QTE's, this is for you. That is all this appears to be. Having played 14 minutes and got on the 3rd foe, I could not recommend this.
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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 20, 2015
The QTE games I've played in the 90s were much better on Sega Saturn and MAME. I am not fan of this game, but props to the attempt.
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