Developer: Headstrong Games
Release Date: 2/10/2009
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The Good: Super fun gory shooting, crude and rude dialog, fun-loving characters, hilarious story, excellent replay value, not frustrating, fun boss fights
The Bad: Too few levels, may be too easy for some, everything an M rated game has except nudity, no online play
*claps* Yessss thank you THANK you Sega for making, one of the few, mature rated games for us adults out there…THANK you. House of the Dead: Overkill plays more on the great HotD series that starting back in the early 90’s in the arcades. You play as Agent G with his foul-mouthed partner Isaac Washington (yes he’s black!) as you figure out why zombies are plaguing the US. While the story is hilarious, vulgar, rude, and completely dirty there are tons of funny voice acting and dialog to enjoy. The characters are played out very well and you get pretty attached early on (there’s only about 8 levels or so) along with the major hottie Varla Gunns.
The game plays like a typical on rails FPS where the game controls where you move and you just worry about shooting. The game has many locales from jails, to hospitals, to swamps, to theme parks so you won’t get bored one little bit. There are many guns to buy and upgrade along with some great unlockables for beating the game. While you wondering through levels there are a few temp upgrades you can shoot (I wish there were more), such as health, grenades, green blobs that slow down time for a little while, and gold brains. Yes, collect all these brains and you unlock artwork, videos, etc. Now upgrading your weapons is mandatory such as less recoil, clip size, damage, the whole nine yards. You can have up to two weapons equipped and switching back and forth between these two is a great strategy when you have too many zombies to deal with. You start off the game with a pistol and if you save up your money (more on how later) you can buy more weapons. Buying a shotgun first is great since you use all your rounds to clear most of the zombies out and then switch to your pistol to finish off stubborn stragglers.
One great thing about OK is that it NEVER gets too frustrating. When you die you start off right where you were with no continues…of course you take a score hit, but people who don’t care about this won’t break their Wiimotes in anger. The levels are just the right length taking about 10-15 minutes to complete with super fun boss fights. Each boss will have their weak point circled in red and all you have to do is shoot whatever projectile they fire at you and keep on them. The bosses are disgusting, grotesque, and very funny looking. You’re probably all this is great, but there’s more!
MULTIPLAYER MAN!! That’s the best ever…while it’s the same as single player having someone help you can always be fun. Now, if you beat the game you get the director’s cut (I won’t say what it is!!) along with being able to dual wield weapons…yes it’s sweet, super fun, and adds lots of replay value. Wouldn’t that make the game too easy you say? Well use the “Extra Mutants” tweak before each level and you have an extra challenge. Sadly, there is no online play, but hopefully a future HotD will have it. I HIGHLY recommend this super fun game to any adult who has dust collecting on their Wii.