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House of the Dead: Overkill - Review

Written by J-Monkey on Monday, 6 April 2009One Comment

Title: House of the Dead: Overkill

Format: Wii

Price: £34.99

Wi-Fi: No

Players: 1-4

Age: 18+

Developer: SEGA

SEGA’s House of the Dead was one of the finest arcade shooters back in the day, but now we’ve moved on, and we’ve got the Wii equivalent to this zombie experience. What’s more fun than shooting bloody zombies in the head from point-blank range with your best shotgun? Not a lot, I can tell you that and Overkill hasn’t disappointed on that front.

In the game, you take the role of Agent G and you have your ally Isaac Washington. You can play both single player and co-operative player with the two characters; without you having to re-do the levels you’ve already played as a single player. But there is only a disappointing 7 chapters to the game, which makes it very short, but you can always go back and try and beat your scores or put on extra mutant mode to make it harder for yourself. The game can get a bit repetitive as well, as you always know there’s a huge boss waiting for you at the end of every zombie-packed level. The storyline is rather simple to understand so you shouldn’t have a problem getting to grips with that, and the hilarious in-between cut-scenes are also brilliant for a laugh, but can be disgusting at times…

The use of the controls is also a great aspect of the game. You can just use the Wii remote or you the Wii Zapper, to make you feel that you are actually in the game, shooting the zombies.

Of course, these are the default settings and can easily be changed on the controls menu.

The graphics are also quite good considering there’s a lot of action going on, the blood splatter effect is fantastic on the zombies, and not to mention the detail in their faces and costumes.

The arcade mode is also a nice feature to include reminding you of the House of the Dead arcade days. Although there are only 3 challenges, they are good to get used to the games’ zombies, controls and other features.

All in all, it hasn’t really lived up to expectation with its longevity letting the game down despite its fantastic controls, cut-scenes and graphics. 85%

One Comment »

  • Biddenden_Sue said:

    One day when I have some spare cash, I’ll pick this game up. I love the look of the cutscenes, and I don’t care how disgusting it gets. Looks cool to me!

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