Written by Twisted Ideas
We get a lot of zombie related media to the point where the zombie as ac concept has become boring. There are somethings that can do the zombie well and House of the Dead: Overkill is one game that does and can make it fun at the same time. As a parody of the series Overkill has turned the series from laughably bad to laughably fun. Originally on the Wii the game has been re-released several times on most platforms on at least something you would own.
House of the Dead: Overkill
Developers: Headstrong Games, Modern Dream
Platforms: Wii, Playstation 3, PC, iOS
What is it?
House of the Dead Overkill is a parody the series which already felt like a parody of zombies in pop culture. It’s your classic coin-op rail shooter, shooting zombies in the face and taking down crazy, over-the-top bosses. Unlike the arcade games, Overkill adds an upgrade system where you can buy new weapons and make them better. Overkill’s unique presentation makes it stand out, not just in the series but the entire zombie genre.
4 itchy, wait wrong game.
House of the Dead Overkill is reminiscent exploitation films of the 70s that you would see in grindhouse double features. There’s a film grain filter on the screen and each level presents itself as movie trailers. The game is self-aware and hilarious. Overkill details early years of Agent G’s career. He teams up with the brash, foul-mouthed detective Isaac Washington, whose looking for revenge on Papa Caesar for unleashing “mutants” and for the death of Washington’s father.
The ranking system is a bit harsh. Maintain your score can be difficult because you can’t miss as the screen jerks violently around and when you have little time to react to some attacks. This doesn’t diminish the core experience though. The PS3 controller is definitely the worst control scheme. The game was made with the Wiimote in mind as it mimic a light gun. The PlayStation Move is good but most people (myself included) doesn’t have one.
If you don’t have a Wii or PS3, there is an alternate version called Typing of the Dead: Overkill. It’s a callback to the original Typing of the Dead on the Dreamcast and while the game doesn’t show G and Washington with keyboards and proton packs the game is just was bizarre. Additionally you can eventually play the game with a mouse. There is an iOS version available too.
Why should you get it?
House of the Dead Overkill riot. It’s riddled with nostalgia of the arcades and of the horror genre from a time long past while still being a solid rail shooter. The game is best played with motion controllers but Typing of the Dead: Overkill is still a great way to play the game.