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      03.09.2009 13:22
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      One of the very best light gun games

      Although the PlayStation's Time Crisis may be the best known light gun game on the market, it is House of the Dead 2 that is among the best of its generation, with a plot pulled right from cheesy B-movie horror films, combined with some unique boss designs, great visuals, and a whole lot of green zombie blood!

      Following the events of the first film, a team of officers are dispatched to find G, an officer who has gone missing and seemingly off the rails. Four characters are sent to find him, although this is going to be a lot more difficult than they expected, as they realise within mere seconds of arriving at Venice, where a zombie invasion has overrun the city, not to mention the number of other beasties, such as zombified owls, swamp things, and giant armoured beasts too!

      What impresses me most about the game is its general aesthetic - from the corny music and shoddy dialogue delivery, to the voluminous gore, this is a game loving concieved as a throwback to the cheesy B-movies of the 1970s in particular. Also, it has a subtle branching narrative system, where certain acts, such as whether you manage to save other civillians, result in you having to take a different path. It's also, as an arcade game, quite accessible to anyone - the options allow you to set the lives and continues so high that it's virtually impossible not to beat the game, or put them on more challenging settings if you're looking to get by on your shooting skill.

      The light gun itself has a very sleek design and somewhat outdoes the archaic design of the PS1 gun. Also, don't think you're just making the expenditure for this game, because there are also several other great shooting games for the Dreamcast, most notably the superb Confidential Mission.

      With superb boss battles, great graphics, and a knowing B-movie-inspired plot that gives the viewer a fair few winks and nudges, this is a superb light gun game, and arguably the best ever made.

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      Like any Dreamcast owner, I now have in my possession a plethora of games. This one, The House of the Dead 2, is not what you call a ?mainstream? game, suitable for all ages. Well, to be blunt, it?s about zombies, guns and gore. Excited? Bedazzled? Disgusted? In actual fact, I don?t care what you think ? I love this game. Well, the game is a shoot-?em-up. What that means is that you control where you shoot, and what you shoot at; nothing more. You, the main character, basically fire at zombies a lot, save people by firing at zombies and on the way try and kill the source of the zombies. Whether in one-player mode or in two-player mode, this game appeals to everyone?s bloodlust. Taste this game and desire more! More blood! More gore! More weapons! Well, when you load up this Dreamcast game, you?re invited to watch the opening credits. As The House of the Dead 2 is the sequel to The House of the Dead 1, you are essentially told what happened in The House of the Dead 1. Basically this guy kept creating zombies in order to rule the world or something like that. It was your job to annihilate him. Thankfully the zombie craze had only spread to one city, so you were able to close down the guy and ?kill? him, or so you thought. It?s now some years later, and his back, bigger the idiot than he was before. There?s an arcade mode, an original mode, a boss mode and the various in game options. Arcade mode is practically what the game was like in the arcades ? action packed, simple, and a whole lot of fun. Basically the pick up ?n? play mode ? guaranteed to supply you with much needed adrenaline, fast! Original mode expands the game further. In this mode you get the opportunity to pick up items, suck as larger chambers for your weapon, more continues or different costumes. In order to use these items you have to play through the original mode again. Its funny being armed with a b-b-gun/shotgun instead of a Beretta (or whatever yo
      u start off with), or dressing up like the final boss for all the cutscenes. Boss mode lets you challenge all the bosses you?ve encountered in the game. Having played them before, you should?ve found their weak spots. In the boss mode you can play the same bosses but harder, or try and beat your best time. Arcade mode and Original mode are also available as two-player. Got a light gun? Then enjoy shooting the green blood out of all that is not human! The beauty of this game is that there are many routes that you can take. Practically every time you play the game, you?ll go a different route. Want to try a random route? Let a friend join in. If he doesn?t know what to shoot, if you end up killing some real people then you might go a different way through the level, or fight a different incantation of the boss. While possibilities aren?t endless, there are certainly a lot of them! So how much is this game up for then? Well as they stopped making the Dreamcast, games aren?t made for it anymore, so you?ll be lucky to pick up a brand new copy. Search the second hand bins or retro shops for this classic. There?s always the alternative ? search places like eBay for the proper arcade machine. It?d make a great addition to anyone?s house! I picked my game up for £7 when amazon.co.uk still stocked it. Advantages: Cheap to buy Blood and gore a-plenty Long lifespan Caters for all bloodlust Not completely linear BANG BANG! What?s the green stuff? Two-player mode kicks. Disadvantages: Can get a bit repetitive if you keep going on the same route If you haven?t got a light gun it gets boring Need a VMU in order to benefit from the better bits of the game Not readily available qrf1

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        29.04.2002 20:23
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        House of the Dead 2 involves the gun-slinging actions of the SMS, a group designated to kill all bad things like zombies. That's what makes this game extremely fun and stuff like that. Shooting zombies. How can that not be fun? Three main modes occupy HOTD2, Boss mode, Arcade mode and Original Mode. Boss mode is simple, choose a boss that you've fought in arcade mode and try and kill it in the fastest time possible. As you kill more bosses the oppertunity to fight the same boss at a harder difficulty setting becomes available. Arcade mode is also straight forward - go through the game. The thing about HOTD2 is that you're actions dictate the path you take towards the final boss. When you die you see a map which displays your route and all the other routes available. You get the oppertunity of shooting things that are designed to maul and kill you hap-hazardly. Original mode is rather like an item collecting game. Start off with choosing two items from your trunk (which you've collected in previous Original mode ventures), then battling through the game in the same way as arcade mode. Though there are bonuses galore on this mode and any item you shoot goes to your trunk for you to choose next time. Items can include added credits, infinate ammo, double damage, shotgun and air rifles and also different costumes for your hapless pistol weilding character to wear. ADvantages: Your actions dictate the path Shooting Zombies galore Big bosses Disadvantages: Ending always the same Gets repetative Need to buy a light gun to get the best from the game 82% IanJC

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          28.10.2001 21:43
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          With Sega's 2001 announcement that the Dreamcast is to be discontinued early in 2002, and that they will be moving out of the hardware market completely, prices of Dreamcast consoles have plummeted. Coincidentally, the second hand software market for the Dreamcast has skyrocketed, and prices of games have dropped accordingly. 'House of the Dead 2' was one of my favourite arcade games of 2000, and so I'd always been eager to pick up the Dreamcast conversion. So, having recently splashed out on a Dreamcast, I set about finding a second hand copy of the game. I eventually found one at Computer Exchange, complete with light gun, for thirty pounds. THE PLOT Based on the book by Feodor Dostoevsky, the 'House of the Dead' series of computer games is a chilling recreation of life in a Siberian gulag. Nah, not really. In all honesty, a gun game really doesn't need a plot. Essentially, all you need to know here is that the zombies are bad, and you have to shoot them all. Nonetheless, Sega have gone to the trouble of tacking on a plot of sorts... In the 1998 game, 'House of the Dead', we followed AMS agents Rogan and G as they investigated the walking dead that had appeared around the mansion of Dr. Curien. Essentially, the 2000 game follows on from this, with AMS agents Gary and James going to meet G, to discuss the similar appearances of zombies around a medieval town, apparently masterminded by a mysterious figure known as Goldman. GAMEPLAY Basic gameplay consists of shooting the zombies as they appear on screen. Your characters take a predetermined route around the levels, although at several points throughout the game, you can branch off onto different predetermined routes. Your character's handgun contains only six bullets, and in order to reload, you have to shoot outside of the screen. The zombies are semi-intelligent, so if you shoot them but fail to kill th
          em with a shot, they'll charge at you more rapidly. By aiming for the zombies' heads, you're more likely to dispatch them quickly... but you're also more likely to miss! Throughout the game, barrels and boxes are left strewn around the course, some of which, when shot, will reveal extra lives or items worth bonus points. You start the game with only a certain number of lives, which are represented by little flaming bowls at the bottom of the screen. You lose a life every time a zombie gets close enough to hit you, or if you shoot a human. The game is divided into six "chapters", at the end of each of which, you are confronted with a boss creature. These boss creatures follow a repetitive attack pattern, and are defeated by shooting their weakpoint - which is revealed by a quick onscreen consultation with G's file. If you manage to save humans on each level, either by not shooting them or by shooting the zombies that are threatening them, then at the end of each level, you get to see how many you saved. If you save enough humans, then you are given an extra life. DREAMCAST VERSION The Dreamcast version of the game is as near arcade-perfect as possible. However, the Dreamcast offers two different ways to play through the basic game - "Arcade" and "Original". The "Arcade" game on the Dreamcast is virtually identical to the arcade game, right down to the misspelling of "Fourth" at the beginning of the fourth chapter of the game. The only difference I noticed was that some of the voice acting seemed to have been re-recorded for the Dreamcast version of the game - the first boss yells that you should "Suffer like G did" on the Dreamcast, whereas in the arcade version it yells "Suffer the same way G did." Also, I don't think Amy had such a peculiarly Antipodean accent in the arcade version. In any case, these are the s
          ort of superficial differences you notice when you played the arcade game excessively, and really have no impact whatsoever on gameplay. By default, you start the Arcade game with three lives per credit, and five credits, although using the game's Options screen, you can select to have up to five lives per credit, and up to nine credits. As you can tell, I really enjoyed the arcade game of 'House of the Dead 2', so inevitably, I enjoyed the chance to play it on a console in the comfort of my own home - without having to plough pound coins into it - just as much. The basic gameplay is a lot of fun, and getting used to where each attack will come from and the various different routes through the levels, provides quite a lot of entertainment. Admittedly, once you've completed the game, you're probably not going to want to play it through again for a while... but you will want to come back to it from time to time. The "Original" game is basically identical to the Arcade game, although as you progress through the game, instead of encountering items that offer bonus points hidden in barrels and boxes, you encounter bonus items. You start the Original game with three lives per credit, and five credits. When you start the Original game, you are given the option to select up to two of the bonus items that you've encountered when playing it, which are then used during the game. The bonus items offer you bonus credits, more lives per credit, more destructive firepower, alternate weaponry, alternate costumes, and various other more obscure options. For example, if you pick up and use the "Rotten Meat" bonus item when playing the Original game, you give all of the zombies incredibly large heads. The alternate weaponry is probably the most fun aspect of the Original game - options you can find include a toy raygun, a grenade launcher, a machine gun, and an air gun... oh, and some bass lures. As I say, the basic gameplay of the Original game is essentially identical to the Arcade game, which is somewhat disappointing, but it does definitely add a bit of diversity to gameplay, and enhances the longevity of the game considerably. In addition to the Arcade and Original options, the Dreamcast version of the game offers two other options for play - Training and Boss modes. The training mode consists of a series of challenges, generally requiring you to shoot targets onscreen as quickly as possible - testing both your aiming and rapid-fire skills. Each training challenge can be played at five different levels of difficulty. When you first start the game, there are only eight challenges, but a further two can be unlocked by succeeding at the first eight challenges. The training missions aren't so hard, particularly if you've played through the game a few times (and have calibrated your gun well!). I completed all the training missions within a few hours, and although a couple of them had me swearing profusely at the screen, I wouldn't say they were a great addition to the game. Once you've completed the training missions, you're unlikely to ever want to go back to them. The boss mode allows you to try your hand at defeating the game's bosses with just a single credit. When there are two different attack patterns for a boss (depending on which route through the game you've taken), you can choose to take on either attack pattern. When you first start the game, you can take on all the bosses but the final boss. Once you've defeated all the others, the final boss is unlocked in boss mode, as is the option to "fight all" the bosses consecutively. The boss mode is quite fun, particularly since the game keeps rankings of the time taken to defeat each boss, so you can keep trying to beat your personal best. Having said that, it's not as much fun as playing the game through normally. GENERAL COMME
          NTS Graphics are outstandingly good, occasionally actually of higher quality than the arcade version. I recall, on the arcade version, that at one point in the third chapter, on one of the routes through the level, when you were attacked by zombies in the water, the game would slow down considerably - the Dreamcast doesn't suffer so badly from this slow down. The Venice-esque medieval town of 'House of the Dead 2' has never looked so good. Sound is also excellent, and every bit as good as the arcade version. Well, to be honest, it's better, because in most arcades it's difficult to actually hear the arcade unit's audio over the noise from the other arcade units around it! However, it is worth saying that the voice acting is, overall, pretty mediocre - my favourite poorly delivered line is James's peculiar exclamation of "Can't be... You're..." upon encountering the penultimate boss. On the Dreamcast, you can either play the game in one or two player mode. However, since the game only comes with one light gun, you're either going to have to buy another, or one of you will have to make do with using a standard controller. Playing with a standard controller isn't as much of a chore as you'd think, because reloading can be simply carried out by jabbing a button, rather than having to keep moving your crosshairs off screen. Nevertheless, it's definitely not as much fun as using a light gun. The light gun that comes with the Dreamcast version of the game works well - it is very accurate, even on my little portable television. Before play, you have to calibrate the gun, by shooting at the centre, then at the top left and bottom right corners of the screen. You're then given a chance to check the calibration, guiding a set of crosshairs around the screen with the light gun - so you can check that you can shoot anywhere onscreen. Since this is the only Dreamcast game I have
          that uses the light gun, I can't comment on the game's relative ability to interpret the gun's output - nonetheless, it seems to work well, and the game is very playable with it. CONCLUSIONS In terms of short-term longevity, 'House of the Dead 2' is fairly poor. Once you've completed the game a couple of times, and gone through all the training missions, you'll probably want to have a break from it for a while. However, this is a game that I keep coming back to - it's great to relieve excess tension by blasting away at the pixellated undead. The game is very well presented, and it is a lot of fun to play. The graphics and sound are both absolutely first class, and this is probably the most accurate arcade conversion that I've ever played on a console. The light gun works well with the game, and offers very good accuracy. It is good that the game also supports standard controllers, so that those of us with just the one gun can still play the two-player option with a friend. I'm not entirely convinced that the original asking price of £59.99 for the game (with light gun) represents such good value for money, but picking up a second hand copy for £30 certainly does. I mean, I must have spent nearly that playing the arcade game!

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            15.09.2001 00:21

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            House of The Dead 2 is a good game, but like most arcade to console conversions, it’s not really going to hold your attention for that long – a decent arcade game, that’s worth the £1 just to shoot the hell out of the un-dead, or walking dead, whatever name they call themselves, and it’s great that the game is available in a box set with the light gun, but if you can get hold of the game then well done – it’s probably sold out over the country as no more new stock is being sold. The aim – go into the house, with a friend – all you have to do is shoot, but shoot well, precisely and at the right people, or you’ll be losing lives. “Do not go into the house alone” Great, but really, HOTD2 isn’t scary – it’s just fun. Arcade madcap shooting fun, and you’ll like it for the first few goes at completing it, when you finally do, you’ll probably sell it. That’s the general done thing, and that’s what I did, I think. The zombies and dead people all look reasonably grotesque and a definite improvement upon the original is notable, but the graphics don’t look quite arcade perfect, still, they’re close enough. The sound and acting is appalling, some of the worst virtual acting and scripting you’ll see in a game, but that’s to be expected and it doesn’t really matter. The game is easy, a real blast as it were, and something to do on a rainy day. 4 Stars because it’s fun!

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            House of The Dead 2 is a good game, but like most arcade to console conversions, it’s not really going to hold your attention for that long – a decent arcade game, that’s worth the £1 just to shoot the hell out of the un-dead, or walking dead, whatever name they call themselves, and it’s great that the game is available in a box set! Get it with the light gunm but simply if you can get hold of the game then well done – it’s probably sold out over the country as no more new stock is being sold. The aim – go into the house, with a friend – all you have to do is shoot, but shoot well, precisely and at the right people, or you’ll be losing lives. “Do not go into the house alone” Great, but really, HOTD2 isn’t scary – it’s just fun. Arcade madcap shooting fun, and you’ll like it for the first few goes at completing it, when you finally do, you’ll probably sell it. That’s the general done thing, and that’s what I did, I think. The zombies and dead people all look reasonably grotesque and a definite improvement upon the original is notable, but the graphics don’t look quite arcade perfect, still, they’re close enough. The sound and acting is appalling, some of the worst virtual acting and scripting you’ll see in a game, but that’s to be expected and it doesn’t really matter. The game is easy, a real blast as it were, and something to do on a rainy day. 4 Stars because it’s fun!

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            15.03.2001 05:30
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            How good is this game!!!. This must be the best gun game on the dreamcast. If you like gun games you will defiantly like this one. It is the classic zombie game where you shoot all you have to stop them trying to eat your brains. This game is really good because you can play 2 players on it so you and a friend can blast the zombies away. The games graphics are amazing. There aren’t as good as crazy taxi’s graphics but they are nearly as good. The gameplay is fast and smooth and you will never get bored as there is loads of options you can do on the game. You can play the arcade mode where you go round with you gun and shoot zombies trying to rescue people or you can play the original mode where you can pick up items and uses other weapons. There also is boss mode and training mode so you will never get bored. The game is best with the gun but no problem if you havent got one you can just use the controller. When i first got this game a played all the time and i still do now, you hardely ever ge bored of it. Overall there is no problems with this game and I do agree that it is the best un game out for the dreamcast to this present day. I hope they bring out another one of these games because they are the most enjoyable games around.

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              11.02.2001 01:39
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              I was bound to like this game - I was wasting FAR too much money in the arcade version. But that doesn’t mean go out and buy the game - you should rent it... The Plot continues from the first game. Only this time, the scenario is set in a different place. Basically, a man named Goldman, concerned about the evolution of the human race (???), starts conducting genetic experiments on humans, in a bid to try and improve it. The result of these experiments is that angry armies of undead zombies have been created, and have escaped to terrorise the locals. Of course, no one knows of the experiments, and the locals are puzzled at the appearance of these zombies. Along come 2 members of the special government agency "AMS" - James Taylor, and Gary Stewart, to investigate, and stop the cause of the zombies' creation... Rubbish, I know, but at least it’s an excuse to start kicking some undead butt! Graphically, the game is Arcade Perfect. Every Minor Detail, building, enemy, and texture has been reproduced for the Dreamcast version, and, dare I say it, betters the Arcade version for sharpness and realism. The whole presentation of the game is slick, although some menu's clearly show that they have been constructed quickly to get the game out on time, as there is a noticeable dip in quality. Nothing here though that detracts from the brilliant overall feel of the game. Sound-wise, again, the Dreamcast version matches the arcade version, in that sound effects, music, and the speech are all there in their glory. What is a stupid decision by the developers however, is to employ such RUBBISH voice actors for the speech! It’s as if they’ve stopped any old person on the street and asked them to record their voices – it’s almost so bad it ruins the atmosphere in certain tense sections of the game. The beauty of the game lies within it’s playability. With the light gun, this is
              one of the easiest games to pick up and play, but the hardest to put back down. All you do is shoot the zombies, and save the civilians (by shooting the zombies). You start off with 3 hits, and if you save civilians, they may reward you with extra lives. Extra lives can also be found lying around in bonus boxes dotted in the varied levels, along with points bonuses. The light gun is easy to set up, and is very accurate, although there are compatibility problems with 100Hz TV’s What lets the game down though is it’s lastability. There aren’t that many levels – one play of the game, from start to finish, will last half an hour. You will practice, and training modes have been incorporated into the Dreamcast version to extend it’s life, but these just don’t keep you’re attention. Another Dreamcast feature is the Original mode, where you play through the game as usual, but collecting items, such as new weapons, gun chamber expanders, and new costumes. This is a nice feature, however again, it won’t hold your attention, as these items are used once and forgotten about. Ultimately, this game is an exact copy of the Arcade version, which is a good and bad thing. The graphics and sound are brilliant, and at least you won’t be putting money in your DC to play it. The light gun works really well, but at £60, the game and gun are too expensive for something that lasts as short a time as it does, even with the additional features. Nevertheless, this is good fun, and well worth a rent.

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                House of the Dead 2 is a shoot 'em up that is a classic in its field, and a worthy sequel. With gun in hand, you’ll interact with the real stars of House of the Dead 2. The zombies look and sound great! They stumble menacingly; they punch and kick, rend and slash, bite and stab. They’ll have your brains and eat them too. There are over a dozen different zombie types and most of them look fantastic. Not only are their body movements good, but their eyes and mouths move independently as well. The most beautifully disgusting part of the game is the damage system. You can wound a zombie almost anywhere, complete with flying blood, chunks of flesh, and even the loss of major limbs. There are really only a few modes of play. Arcade mode is just exactly like the coin-op. Original mode is exactly like arcade mode except that you can also get bonuses and powerups, like larger ammo clips, that you can use your next time through the house. Technically, there’s actually no house in House of the Dead 2. There are a ton of alternate paths to discover depending on who or what you shoot and which civilians you manage to save. Finally, there’s a training mode. It doesn’t really have anything to do with training. It’s more a short series of different gun challenges. But what review would be complete without a few complaints? While the zombie graphics look great, the special effects aren’t very special. Splashing water, disintegrating zombie bodies, and other background graphics are very primitive. Like most gun games, there’s also not much depth. With only one playable character and one mission, House of the Dead 2 is great, frantic entertainment without being particularly engrossing. Still, what the house lacks in depth, it makes up for in sheer bloody mayhem. Gun games have a satisfaction that other games lack, and House of the Dead 2 appeals perfectly to
                the action hero in all of us. Point your gun at the living dead, pull the trigger frantically, and watch the body parts fly. A true classic in its field.

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                General/Summary: I thought that House of the Dead 2 was a fairly good game. I liked that when you shot an enemy you could blow off a limb or their head. It's a simple game where your character moves throughout the city and you blast all the big bad uglies that move while trying to stay alive and not blast the few inoccent people still left alive in the city. However, this is one game that needs a better story. Whatever happened to the good old days when a gateway to hell would open and all these evil demons would come through and try to destroy the world? These days the enemies are either products of bio engineering or some damn virus. Stop trying to bring so much science crap into games and just give me demons straight from the depths of hell that I can blast. The graphics and sound are alright but the voice acting is horrible. All in all if you like shooters you should like this game but if they aren't your thing you may want to consider something else. Gameplay: Basically your character moves throughout the city and you blast anything that gets in your way. Their are a few civilians left that you can save which usually rewards you with an extra life or an alternate path(adding some replay value). The game itself is easy. The only challenge lying in one or two of the last bosses or when six zombies are coming at you. The story is pretty bad and I recommend you skip past those parts. Also the game is too short. If you're good and know what your doing you can beat it in half an hour. The original mode is exactly the same as the arcade except you can gain items which you can use on your next time through the game. Some of the items are pretty cool like weapon upgrades and stuff like that. The training mode offers some interesting concepts. One mission you have to blast zombies off moving cars and in another you have to keep a coin in the air for a certain amount of time. Each time you beat a mission the difficulty increases and by the time you r
                each the highest difficulty level you start to get frustrated because some of them a tough. When you finally beat all of them on the highest level you don't get anything. This leaves you with the question of why did I waste all that time? The boss mode is simply fighting the bosses to get the top time, nothing more. The different modes offer minimal replay value. It's addictive when you first playing it but after awhile it gets boring. Graphics: The graphics are pretty good in this game. The enviroments are good, but what caught my eye was the enemies. I thought they were great and the fact that they bleed all over and limbs fly off when they get shot is a cool bonus. Sound: The music is alright, nothing to brag about. The voice acting on the other hand is extremely bad, to the point where you skip the story so you don't have to hear the acting. The roar the boss makes is cool but each one sounds exactly the same. The sound effects were well done. When you shoot a weapon or the metal face mask of an enemy you get that nice "clang" sound. And when you blow an enemies head off, you hear it as it hits the ground.

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                House of the dead 2 was great in the arcades and is great on the dreamcast as well. To be fair the dreamcasts light gun isnt fantastic and so doesn't make this game superb but the game is really playable with the control pad. Obviously the game is better with the gun but if you can't afford to go out and buy the light gun then the game is really playable with the pad. The graphics and sound are good and by saving selected people in the game you can change your route so changing the game and changing the charcters which you have to choose and making the game easier or harder. House of the dead 2 is a shoot-em up game where you simply go around shooting zombies and other monsters. The game is really playable but not much there once you have finished the game which you will do quickly unless you go for the higher difficulty settings. This is a good game, well worth a look.

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                  Whoa! Whoa! What has the world come to? Fast pace zombie shooting! Which is COOL I might add. House of the Dead 2, no words came discribe this action paked shooting game. Simply breath taking. The graphics, sound and most importantly, gameplay. Best of all other shooting games. The enemies have more details compare to the ones in the first game. The bosses are way cool too! Now you can see zombies opening up their mouths, rolling their eyeballs, chrunching fist etc. For those who things the original game is good, get a load on this. Unfortunately, the game's pace have been upgraded so much that it makes the game's difficutly way harder, and that makes killing enemies tougher and finding items much, much HARDER. Missing crates of life especially makes it harder to make it safe to the final chapter. Now a player has to be extra careful when saving civilians. That's because the now the enemies move very (and I mean VERY) close to the civilians, making hitting civilians very easy thus sending them six feet under. Shooting at enemies too requires flawless aiming. A liittle mistake and the enemy would probably already bite you off or chop you. Unlike the bosses in the original game, the bosses in this sequel tend to become very annoying because of their super speed. Surfice to say, THEY ARE TERRIBLY QUICK!!! Their weakpoints too are hard to hit. Requires sometime to getting use to. A lightgun is required for best results. The joypad is somewhat useless if you intend to score perfect or near perfect. Voice errors from the arcade version have been cleaned up. However blood level have been tonned down. In the arcade version you can see blood splatting all over the place, but in the DC version a little blood can only be seen gushing out a little at the enemy's wounded spot right after shooting. For those unlucky people, they may get a copy of this game with some bugs on it. I know I have, having certain sound effects played in the wrong sport. Anyway, this gam
                  e kicks ***! To all DC owners, get a copy for yourselves ok?

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                  28.10.2000 05:08
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                  Aha, gotacha. It's House of the Dead 2! This is one brilliant game if I have ever seen one! I've been playing it all day long. The graphics are amazing and there's even a training section which helps you to shoot. And that's a pretty cool idea, for thoughs of us who aren't gifted in the "shooting" area! But I would really recommend this game to anyone if you like shoot 'em ups. It's brilliantly fun, especially with 2 players! A must have in the Dreamcast collection!

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                  10.10.2000 00:51
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                  I have always been a fan of arcade games, especially ones with the gun as they are always in short supply on consoles, non-existent on the N64. I had The House of The Dead on the Saturn and that was very good and addictive. I then started to play The House Of The Dead 2 in the arcades and loved it imensely. Finally, it came out on the Dreamcast and has turned out to be one of the games i have played the most in all of the years that i have been a video game player, it is that good. The graphics are superb and the role plays work well, i especially enjoyed the different routes that could be taken as this added more depth to the gameplay and the overall enjoyment. This game should most definately be added to your collection.

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                  13.09.2000 03:43

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                  blasting zombies with a cool little pistle is a-lot more fun than you'd think, infact its really fun. you play as james(player 1) or gary(player 2), you have come to this city over-run by flesh eating zombies, and its your job to clean em' out. you rush though different parts of the city popping off zombies as you go, but then you come across the boss at the end, which are tricky if you dont now where to shoot, but luckly it tell you before the battle starts. so you start shooting at these evil beasts as they throw different attacks at you, when you've killed them you move on to the next stage with increasingly harder enemies and a boss at the end. it is very satisfying when you beat the game, but once you've done it, you dont want to do it again. i recommend it to anyone who like blasting zombies, but kids might find it gory. but still, it is really good!

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