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    House Of The Dead: Overkill
    Nintendo Wii
    Developed by Headstrong Games
    Published by Sega
    Released February 2009

    Review by Kitty:

    Originally posted by kitty View Post
    here we go.......

    so i got home yesterday afternoon with a huge storm approaching (perfect HOTD weather!!!) only played for bout an hour and a half (had walls to plaster lol) here are my first impressions on the game....

    i was suprised, i had a look inside the book, and it had controls etc for the Zapper, however..i dont have the WII Zapper, we have 2 " HOTD commissioned AMS Hand Cannons" as part of the Bang Bang Box. (definately easy to use, and much better than i imagine the Zapper would be - although 2 sensor bars might make it better)

    my first impression...... very Tarantino like in some aspects.
    definately not a game for the kiddies, WAY too much swearing (which verges on extreme sometimes.)

    ok so into the gameplay itself....

    i found it can be a tiny bit repetitive at times... generally the exact same prototype zombie (mutant) in each level... so gets a little blah toward the end of the stage, its still enjoyable, but i feel like i want to see some different zombies throughout... not the same 4 or 5 types over and over again. (although the hot nurse zombies are wicked ) - understand they are trying to keep it at realistic and original as possible... but how hard is it to have some more zombie 'types'??

    there's a bit of lag here and there between screens, or between areas. which gets a little frustrating. also, it pisses me off because the zombies come at you and some of them go really far to the right or left of the screen so you cant see or shoot them, but they're right there hitting you... bit annoying.

    also, the gun re-load time is a bit ho-hum to start off with so i highly recommend that you purchase that upgrade first (and the MK42 is crappy)

    i love love LOVE the slo mo-fo (which you get by shooting a green 'thing') it's very cool, especially when you have 8 or 9 zombies coming at you all at once.

    the attention to detail is pretty good, but i would have liked to have seen some "Fallout 3" style blood spatters... instead of blood just pouring out of the zombies onto the ground.

    the 2 player was good, but i think it would be better if you used it as a one player dual wielding option.... i DO like the fact that when you die, you just 'buy' back in, and that player 2 can join at almost any time....

    the boss battles at the end of each stage are probably the worst part of the whole lot (although i've only done 2 of them), very repetitive, and not the challenging, just annoying really. (still in my heart nothing can hold up to Final Fantasy boss battles )

    the storyline is pretty good (even though i wished Varla was hotter) but hey, this game isn't so much about the storyline as it is about shooting some zombies.

    in terms of the visual appearance and attention to detail - it's very ' B Grade' movie - once again, i'm guessing they want to keep it as original as possible, but considering how advanced the technology is now... i kind of would have expected a little cooler graphics in there(but that's just my high standards)

    all in all, very enjoyable... not like anything we currently own or play... which i immediately like. it's not a perfect replica of the original, but it still has that feel about it. (but it will never live up to my memories of playing the arcade game in the cinemas when i was younger ).

    i'd still give it about an 8.75 out of 10..... (despite the fact that my review has just pinpointed mostly the negatives, it is a really really good game and worth a play.... i think i just hyped myself up a little too much....)



    (i'm not so good at reviews, and i can be quite picky at times... so hope this helps you guys a little bit..... )
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    Can't get the girlfriend off it at the moment, damn 2.30 in morning get in the bed and do some shagging loll
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    • #3
      so played a LOT more of this game this weekend... and after re-reading my review, i think i was pretty harsh. i may have judged it a little early.

      we're doing the director's cut and its HEAPS better.....

      had a bbq last night, and we all played HOTD after a few drinks, and it was really really enjoyable. (i think all up yesterday, we played about 6 hours of it lol)

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      • #4
        Here is Yahtzee review..

        [ame]http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation/600-House-of-the-Dead-Overkill[/ame]
        Movies are very educational. Example: I wouldn't never guess that a shoot in head can kill a zombie...

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        • #5
          Originally posted by kitty View Post
          (i think all up yesterday, we played about 6 hours of it lol)
          6 hours of games in one day? I remember that... before children...

          *sigh*
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          • #6
            Ok you got me. I found a place who had one of the Bang Bang box left and they dropped the price to something I was willing to pay.

            My brother and I have played the first 2 levels (straight into the game, no reading the book) and it's been fun. The intro and cutscenes are great, and I only saw Planet Terror last week. Prior to this HOTD 1&2 are the only other ones in the series I've played (except Typing of the Dead but that's a remake of the first game) and I find it funny the one that is supposed to be a dodgy, B grade piss-take has the best voice acting and dialogue. Perhaps they should have taken that route a long time ago.

            Just firing to reload seems a bit weird, the time it takes can be annoying but I reckon it adds to the whole "Oh shit they're coming! Hurry" aspect. I guess it's all those arcade games that have trained us to shoot away from the screen to get an instant reload even if you've only fired 2 bullets. I'm wondering if adding a bit of plastic to the guns will shorten the travel in the triggers.

            The only other real issue I've had is everything is a bit dark to see, but that's our TV. I've had the same problem in Metroid Prime and Raving Rabbids and can't seem to find an adjustment that'll fix it without maxing out the brightness.

            I'm having a ball and hope single player holds up as well. Between this and Madworld I think Sega have sent a big "Oh Really?" to the people who claim the Wii is just for little kids. These are clearly big kid games.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Arsenic Hipster View Post
              Just firing to reload seems a bit weird, the time it takes can be annoying but I reckon it adds to the whole "Oh shit they're coming! Hurry" aspect. I guess it's all those arcade games that have trained us to shoot away from the screen to get an instant reload even if you've only fired 2 bullets. I'm wondering if adding a bit of plastic to the guns will shorten the travel in the triggers..
              when you get more cash you can upgrade your guns which makes a MASSIVE difference to how quickly you reload....

              when you have a fully upgraded automatic shotgun - its freakin sweet! especially playing the earlier levels with such powerful weapons

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              • #8
                hey what guns are you guys using? im sold on the nyko perfect shot, but no one seems to sell them in australia. just bought one on ebay from the us- $11 and $11 for shipping! but it would be nice to know i can just buy another one locally when i need a second...
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by danny_galaga View Post
                  hey what guns are you guys using? im sold on the nyko perfect shot, but no one seems to sell them in australia. just bought one on ebay from the us- $11 and $11 for shipping! but it would be nice to know i can just buy another one locally when i need a second...

                  i use HOTD commissioned AMS Hand Cannons" as part of the Bang Bang Box, but i think you can buy them separately

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                  • #10
                    I spotted a gun at a Game.com shop , it has a laser pointer .. thought that might come in handy.

                    I get my pinball money on sat, so might go shopping ......

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                    • #11
                      I bought the Perfect shot guns from Deal Extreme http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.10833, think mine were around $8.00 though, took a while to get here (with free postage), plus they are silver and more gun looking.
                      Seem solid enough, wiimote fits well, feels like a gun

                      Originally posted by danny_galaga View Post
                      hey what guns are you guys using? im sold on the nyko perfect shot, but no one seems to sell them in australia. just bought one on ebay from the us- $11 and $11 for shipping! but it would be nice to know i can just buy another one locally when i need a second...
                      Buy them from deal extreme as per my post
                      Last edited by DKong; 9th April 2009, 09:15 PM. Reason: Auto Merged Double Post.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by DKong View Post
                        I bought the Perfect shot guns from Deal Extreme http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.10833, think mine were around $8.00 though, took a while to get here (with free postage), plus they are silver and more gun looking.
                        Seem solid enough, wiimote fits well, feels like a gun



                        Buy them from deal extreme as per my post
                        interesting, that looks like a knock off of the nyko perfect shot!

                        Originally posted by kitty View Post
                        i use HOTD commissioned AMS Hand Cannons" as part of the Bang Bang Box, but i think you can buy them separately
                        doh! just like in your review! how much was the box set?
                        Last edited by danny_galaga; 9th April 2009, 10:58 PM. Reason: Auto Merged Double Post.
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                        • #13
                          A few of the Nintendo nerds from another site think the NERF guns are the best
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by DKong View Post
                            A few of the Nintendo nerds from another site think the NERF guns are the best
                            hmm, the nerf guns caught my eye. may end up trying em all in the end! for now i have a nyko on its way to me as well as the bang bang box set (i hope)
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                            • #15
                              Those DealExtreme guns look pretty good. Might have to grab a pair I think.
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